Morning Prayer Readings
Second Sunday in Advent
The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
An Independent Traditional 1928 BCP Ministry
UNTO thee, O LORD, will I lift up my soul; my God, I have put my trust in thee: * O let me not be confounded, neither let mine enemies triumph over me.
For all they that hope in thee shall not be ashamed; * but such as transgress without a cause shall be put to confusion.
Show me thy ways, O LORD, * and teach me thy paths.
Lead me forth in thy truth, and learn me: * for thou art the God of my salvation; in thee hath been my hope all the day long.
Call to remembrance, O LORD, thy tender mercies, * and thy loving-kindnesses, which have been ever of old.
O remember not the sins and offences of my youth; * but according to thy mercy think thou upon me, O LORD, for thy goodness.
Gracious and righteous is the LORD; * therefore, will he teach sinners in the way.
Them that are meek shall he guide in judgment; * and such as are gentle, them shall he learn his way.
All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth, * unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.
For thy Name's sake, O LORD, * be merciful unto my sin; for it is great.
What man is he that feareth the LORD? * him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.
His soul shall dwell at ease, * and his seed shall inherit the land.
The secret of the LORD is among them that fear him; * and he will show them his covenant.
Mine eyes are ever looking unto the LORD; * for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.
Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; * for I am desolate, and in misery.
The sorrows of my heart are enlarged: * O bring thou me out of my troubles.
Look upon my adversity and misery, * and forgive me all my sin.
Consider mine enemies, how many they are; * and they bear a tyrannous hate against me.
O keep my soul, and deliver me: * let me not be confounded, for I have put my trust in thee.
Let perfectness and righteous dealing wait upon me; * for my hope hath been in thee.
Deliver Israel, O God, * out of all his troubles.
I. Beati immaculati
IX. Bonitatem fecisti
II. In quo corrigit?
X. Manus tuae fecerunt me
XVIII. Justus es, Domine
III. Retribue servo tuo
XI. Defecit anima mea
XIX. Clamavi in toto corde meo
IV. Adhaesit pavimento
XII. In aeternum, Domine
XX. Vide humilitatem
V. Legem pone
XIII. Quomodo dilexi!
XXI. Principes persecuti sunt
VI. Et veniat super me
XIV. Lucerna pedibus meus
XXII. Appropinquet deprecatio
VII. Memor esto verbi tui
XV. Iniquos odio habui
VIII. Portio mea, Domine
XVI. Feci judicium
BLESSED are those that are undefiled in the way, * and walk in the law of the LORD.
Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, * and seek him with their whole heart;
Even they who do no wickedness, * and walk in his ways.
Thou hast charged * that we shall diligently keep thy commandments.
O that my ways were made so direct, * that I might keep thy statutes!
So shall I not be confounded, * while I have respect unto all thy commandments.
I will thank thee with an unfeigned heart, * when I shall have learned the judgments of thy righteousness.
I will keep thy statutes; * O forsake me not utterly.
WHEREWITHAL shall a young man cleanse his way? * even by ruling himself after thy word.
With my whole heart have I sought thee; * O let me not go wrong out of thy commandments.
Thy word have I hid within my heart, * that I should not sin against thee.
Blessed art Thou, O LORD; * O teach me thy statutes.
With my lips have I been telling * of all the judgments of thy mouth.
I have had as great delight in the way of thy testimonies, * as in all manner of riches.
I will talk of thy commandments, * and have respect unto thy ways.
My delight shall be in thy statutes, * and I will not forget thy word.
O DO well unto thy servant; * that I may live, and keep thy word.
Open thou mine eyes; * that I may see the wondrous things of thy law.
I am a stranger upon earth; * O hide not thy commandments from me.
My soul breaketh out for the very fervent desire * that it hath alway unto thy judgments.
Thou hast rebuked the proud; * and cursed are they that do err from thy commandments.
O turn from me shame and rebuke; * for I have kept thy testimonies.
Princes also did sit and speak against me; * but thy servant is occupied in thy statutes.
For thy testimonies are my delight, * and my counsellors.
MY soul cleaveth to the dust; * O quicken thou me, according to thy word.
I have acknowledged my ways, and thou heardest me: * O teach me thy statutes.
Make me to understand the way of thy commandments; * and so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.
My soul melteth away for very heaviness; * comfort thou me according unto thy word.
Take from me the way of lying, * and cause thou me to make much of thy law.
I have chosen the way of truth, * and thy judgments have I laid before me.
I have stuck unto thy testimonies; * O LORD, confound me not.
I will run the way of thy commandments, * when thou hast set my heart at liberty.
TEACH me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes, * and I shall keep it unto the end.
Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; * yea, I shall keep it with my whole heart.
Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; * for therein is my desire.
Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, * and not to covetousness.
O turn away mine eyes, lest they behold vanity; * and quicken thou me in thy way.
O stablish thy word in thy servant, * that I may fear thee.
Take away the rebuke that I am afraid of; * for thy judgments are good.
Behold, my delight is in thy commandments; * O quicken me in thy righteousness.
LET thy loving mercy come also unto me, O LORD, * even thy salvation, according unto thy word.
So shall I make answer unto my blasphemers; * for my trust is in thy word.
O take not the word of thy truth utterly out of my mouth; * for my hope is in thy judgments.
So shall I alway keep thy law; * yea, for ever and ever.
And I will walk at liberty; * for I seek thy commandments.
I will speak of thy testimonies also, even before kings, * and will not be ashamed.
And my delight shall be in thy commandments, * which I have loved.
My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; * and my study shall be in thy statutes.
O THINK upon thy servant, as concerning thy word, * wherein thou hast caused me to put my trust.
The same is my comfort in my trouble; * for thy word hath quickened me.
The proud have had me exceedingly in derision; * yet have I not shrinked from thy law.
For I remembered thine everlasting judgments, O LORD, * and received comfort.
I am horribly afraid, * for the ungodly that forsake thy law.
Thy statutes have been my songs, * in the house of my pilgrimage.
I have thought upon thy Name, O LORD, in the night season, * and have kept thy law.
This I had, * because I kept thy commandments.
THOU art my portion, O LORD; * I have promised to keep thy law.
I made my humble petition in thy presence with my whole heart; * O be merciful unto me, according to thy word.
I called mine own ways to remembrance, * and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.
I made haste, and prolonged not the time, * to keep thy commandments.
The snares of the ungodly have compassed me about; * but I have not forgotten thy law.
At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee, * because of thy righteous judgments.
I am a companion of all them that fear thee, * and keep thy commandments.
The earth, O LORD, is full of thy mercy: * O teach me thy statutes.
O LORD, thou hast dealt graciously with thy servant, * according unto thy word.
O teach me true understanding and knowledge; * for I have believed thy commandments.
Before I was troubled, I went wrong; * but now have I kept thy word.
Thou art good and gracious; * O teach me thy statutes.
The proud have imagined a lie against me; * but I will keep thy commandments with my whole heart.
Their heart is as fat as brawn; * but my delight hath been in thy law.
It is good for me that I have been in trouble; * that I may learn thy statutes.
The law of thy mouth is dearer unto me * than thousands of gold and silver.
THY hands have made me and fashioned me: * O give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.
They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; * because I have put my trust in thy word.
I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, * and that thou of very faithfulness hast caused me to be troubled.
O let thy merciful kindness be my comfort, * according to thy word unto thy servant.
O let thy loving mercies come unto me, that I may live; * for thy law is my delight.
Let the proud be confounded, for they go wickedly about to destroy me; * but I will be occupied in thy commandments.
Let such as fear thee, and have known thy testimonies, * be turned unto me.
O let my heart be sound in thy statutes, * that I be not ashamed.
MY soul hath longed for thy salvation, * and I have a good hope because of thy word.
Mine eyes-long sore for thy word; * saying, O when wilt thou comfort me?
For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; * yet do I not forget thy statutes.
How many are the days of thy servant? * when wilt thou be avenged of them that persecute me?
The proud have digged pits for me, * which are not after thy law.
All thy commandments are true: * they persecute me falsely; O be thou my help.
They had almost made an end of me upon earth; * but I forsook not thy commandments.
O quicken me after thy loving-kindness; * and so shall I keep the testimonies of thy mouth.
O LORD, thy word * endureth for ever in heaven.
Thy truth also remaineth from one generation to another; * thou hast laid the foundation of the earth, and it abideth.
They continue this day according to thine ordinance; * for all things serve thee.
If my delight had not been in thy law, * I should have perished in my trouble.
I will never forget thy commandments; * for with them thou hast quickened me.
I am thine: O save me, * for I have sought thy commandments.
The ungodly laid wait for me, to destroy me; * but I will consider thy testimonies.
I see that all things come to an end; * but thy commandment is exceeding broad.
LORD, what love have I unto thy law! * all the day long is my study in it.
Thou, through thy commandments, hast made me wiser than mine enemies; * for they are ever with me.
I have more understanding than my teachers; * for thy testimonies are my study.
I am wiser than the aged; * because I keep thy commandments.
I have refrained my feet from every evil way, * that I may keep thy word.
I have not shrunk from thy judgments; * for thou teachest me.
O how sweet are thy words unto my throat; * yea, sweeter than honey unto my mouth!
Through thy commandments I get understanding: * therefore I hate all evil ways.
THY word is a lantern unto my feet, * and a light unto my paths.
I have sworn, and am stedfastly purposed, * to keep thy righteous judgments.
I am troubled above measure: * quicken me, O LORD, according to thy word.
Let the free-will offerings of my mouth please thee, O LORD; * and teach me thy judgments.
My soul is alway in my hand; * yet do I not forget thy law.
The ungodly have laid a snare for me; * but yet I swerved not from thy commandments.
Thy testimonies have I claimed as mine heritage for ever; * and why? they are the very joy of my heart.
I have applied my heart to fulfil thy statutes alway, * even unto the end.
I HATE them that imagine evil things; * but thy law do I love.
Thou art my defence and shield; * and my trust is in thy word.
Away from me, ye wicked; * I will keep the commandments of my God.
O stablish me according to thy word, that I may live; * and let me not be disappointed of my hope.
Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe; * yea, my delight shall be ever in thy statutes.
Thou hast trodden down all them that depart from thy statutes; * for they imagine but deceit.
Thou puttest away all the ungodly of the earth like dross; * therefore I love thy testimonies.
My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; * and I am afraid of thy judgments.
I DEAL with the thing that is lawful and right; * O give me not over unto mine oppressors.
Make thou thy servant to delight in that which is good, * that the proud do me no wrong.
Mine eyes are wasted away with looking for thy health, * and for the word of thy righteousness.
O deal with thy servant according unto thy loving mercy, * and teach me thy statutes.
I am thy servant; O grant me understanding, * that I may know thy testimonies.
It is time for thee, LORD, to lay to thine hand; * for they have destroyed thy law.
For I love thy commandments * above gold and precious stones.
Therefore hold I straight all thy commandments; * and all false ways I utterly abhor.
THY testimonies are wonderful; * therefore doth my soul keep them.
When thy word goeth forth, * it giveth light and understanding unto the simple.
I opened my mouth, and drew in my breath; * for my delight was in thy commandments.
O look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, * as thou usest to do unto those that love thy Name.
Order my steps in thy word; * and so shall no wickedness have dominion over me.
O deliver me from the wrongful dealings of men; * and so shall I keep thy commandments.
Show the light of thy countenance upon thy servant, * and teach me thy statutes.
Mine eyes gush out with water, * because men keep not thy law.
RIGHTEOUS art thou, O LORD; * and true are thy judgments.
The testimonies that thou hast commanded * are exceeding righteous and true.
My zeal hath even consumed me; * because mine enemies have forgotten thy words.
Thy word is tried to the uttermost, * and thy servant loveth it.
I am small and of no reputation; * yet do I not forget thy commandments.
Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, * and thy law is the truth.
Trouble and heaviness have taken hold upon me; * yet is my delight in thy commandments.
The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: * O grant me understanding, and I shall live.
I CALL with my whole heart; * hear me, O LORD; I will keep thy statutes.
Yea, even unto thee do I call; * help me, and I shall keep thy testimonies.
Early in the morning do I cry unto thee; * for in thy word is my trust.
Mine eyes prevent the night watches; * that I might be occupied in thy word.
Hear my voice, O LORD, according unto thy loving-kindness; * quicken me, according to thy judgments.
They draw nigh that of malice persecute me, * and are far from thy law.
Be thou nigh at hand, O LORD; * for all thy commandments are true.
As concerning thy testimonies, I have known long since, * that thou hast grounded them for ever.
O CONSIDER mine adversity, and deliver me, * for I do not forget thy law.
Avenge thou my cause, and deliver me; * quicken me according to thy word.
Health is far from the ungodly; * for they regard not thy statutes.
Great is thy mercy, O LORD; * quicken me, as thou art wont.
Many there are that trouble me, and persecute me; * yet do I not swerve from thy testimonies.
It grieveth me when I see the transgressors; * because they keep not thy law.
Consider, O LORD, how I love thy commandments; * O quicken me, according to thy loving- kindness.
Thy word is true from everlasting; * all the judgments of thy righteousness endure for evermore.
PRINCES have persecuted me without a cause; * but my heart standeth in awe of thy word.
I am as glad of thy word, * as one that findeth great spoils.
As for lies, I hate and abhor them; * but thy law do I love.
Seven times a day do I praise thee; * because of thy righteous judgments.
Great is the peace that they have who love thy law; * and they have none occasion of stumbling.
LORD, I have looked for thy saving health, * and done after thy commandments.
My soul hath kept thy testimonies, * and loved them exceedingly.
I have kept thy commandments and testimonies; * for all my ways are before thee.
LET my complaint come before thee, O LORD; * give me understanding according to thy word.
Let my supplication come before thee; * deliver me according to thy word.
My lips shall speak of thy praise, * when thou hast taught me thy statutes.
Yea, my tongue shall sing of thy word; * for all thy commandments are righteous.
Let thine hand help me; * for I have chosen thy commandments.
I have longed for thy saving health, O LORD; * and in thy law is my delight.
O let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; * and thy judgments shall help me.
I have gone astray like a sheep that is lost; * O seek thy servant, for I do not forget thy commandments.
Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean. Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion. For thus saith the Lord, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money. For thus saith the Lord God, My people went down aforetime into Egypt to sojourn there; and the Assyrian oppressed them without cause. Now therefore, what have I here, saith the Lord, that my people is taken away for nought? they that rule over them make them to howl, saith the Lord; and my name continually every day is blasphemed. Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I. How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth; Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion. Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the Lord hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem. The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people. Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the Lord thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee. Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.
And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her. And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda; And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth. And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord. And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever. And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was. But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
BLESSED Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning; Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace, and ever hold fast, the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
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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