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Saturday after Second Sunday before Advent

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
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The Psalter


Psalm 120


The One Hundred Twentieth Psalm

Ad Dominum.


WHEN I was in trouble, I called upon the LORD, * and he heard me.
 
Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, * and from a deceitful tongue.
 
What reward shall be given or done unto thee, thou false tongue? * even mighty and sharp arrows, with hot burning coals.
 
Woe is me, that I am constrained to dwell with Meshech, * and to have my habitation among the tents of Kedar!
 
My soul hath long dwelt among them * that are enemies unto peace.
 
I labour for peace; but when I speak unto them thereof, * they make them ready to battle.


Psalm 123


The One Hundred Twenty Third Psalm

Ad te levavi oculos meos.


UNTO thee lift I up mine eyes, * O thou that dwellest in the heavens.
 
Behold, even as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress, * even so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until he have mercy upon us.
 
Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us; * for we are utterly despised.
 
Our soul is filled with the scornful reproof of the wealthy, * and with the despitefulness of the proud.



 

The First Lesson


Lamentations 5


Remember, O Lord, what is come upon us: consider, and behold our reproach. Our inheritance is turned to strangers, our houses to aliens. We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows. We have drunken our water for money; our wood is sold unto us. Our necks are under persecution: we labour, and have no rest. We have given the hand to the Egyptians, and to the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread. Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities. Servants have ruled over us: there is none that doth deliver us out of their hand. We gat our bread with the peril of our lives because of the sword of the wilderness. Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine. They ravished the women in Zion, and the maids in the cities of Judah. Princes are hanged up by their hand: the faces of elders were not honoured. They took the young men to grind, and the children fell under the wood. The elders have ceased from the gate, the young men from their music. The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning. The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, that we have sinned! For this our heart is faint; for these things our eyes are dim. Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it. Thou, O Lord, remainest for ever; thy throne from generation to generation. Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, and forsake us so long time? Turn thou us unto thee, O Lord, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old. But thou hast utterly rejected us; thou art very wroth against us.



 

The Second Lesson

I Peter 5:8

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand. The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son. Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.



 

The Collect

Twenty-Third Sunday after Trinity

O GOD, our refuge and strength, who art the author of all godliness; Be ready, we beseech thee, to hear the devout prayers of thy Church; and grant that those things which we ask faithfully we may obtain effectually; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



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