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The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
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The Psalter


Psalm 10


The Tenth Psalm

Ut quid, Domine?


WHY standest thou so far off, O LORD, * and hidest thy face in the needful time of trouble?

The ungodly, for his own lust, doth persecute the poor: * let them be taken in the crafty wiliness that they have imagined.
 
For the ungodly hath made boast of his own heart's desire, * and speaketh good of the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.
 
The ungodly is so proud, that he careth not for God, * neither is God in all his thoughts.
 
His ways are alway grievous; * thy judgments are far above out of his sight, and therefore defieth he all his enemies.
 
For he hath said in his heart, Tush, I shall never be cast down, * there shall no harm happen unto me.
 
His mouth is full of cursing, deceit, and fraud; * under his tongue is ungodliness and vanity.
 
He sitteth lurking in the thievish corners of the streets, * and privily in his lurking dens doth he murder the innocent; his eyes are set against the poor.
 
For he lieth waiting secretly; even as a lion lurketh he in his den, * that he may ravish the poor.
 
He doth ravish the poor, * when he getteth him into his net.
 
He falleth down, and humbleth himself, * that the congregation of the poor may fall into the hands of his captains.
 
He hath said in his heart, Tush, God hath forgotten; * he hideth away his face, and he will never see it.
 
Arise, O LORD God, and lift up thine hand; * forget not the poor.
 
Wherefore should the wicked blaspheme God, * while he doth say in his heart, Tush, thou God carest not for it?
 
Surely thou hast seen it; * for thou beholdest ungodliness and wrong, that thou mayest take the matter into thy hand.
 
The poor committeth himself unto thee; * for thou art the helper of the friendless.
 
Break thou the power of the ungodly and malicious; * search out his ungodliness, until thou find none.
 
The LORD is King for ever and ever, * and the heathen are perished out of the land.
 
LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the poor; * thou preparest their heart, and thine ear hearkeneth;
 
To help the fatherless and poor unto their right, * that the man of the earth be no more exalted against them.



 

The First Lesson


Isaiah 4:2


In that day shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel. And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem: When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning. And the Lord will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence. And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.



 

The Second Lesson

St. Mark 1:40

And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed. And he straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him away; And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter.



 

The Collect

The First Sunday in Advent

ALMIGHTY God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal, through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever. Amen.



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