Morning Prayer Readings
St. Thomas the Apostle

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 27


The Twenty-Seventh Psalm

Dominus illuminatio.


THE LORD is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? * the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom then shall I be afraid?
 
When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, * they stumbled and fell.
 
Though an host of men were laid against me, yet shall not my heart be afraid; * and though there rose up war against me, yet will I put my trust in him.
 
One thing have I desired of the LORD, which I will require; * even that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the fair beauty of the LORD, and to visit his temple.
 
For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his tabernacle; * yea, in the secret place of his dwelling shall he hide me, and set me up upon a rock of stone.
 
And now shall he lift up mine head * above mine enemies round about me.
 
Therefore will I offer in his dwelling an oblation, with great gladness: * I will sing and speak praises unto the LORD.
 
Hearken unto my voice, O LORD, when I cry unto thee; * have mercy upon me, and hear me.
 
My heart hath talked of thee, Seek ye my face: * Thy face, LORD, will I seek.
 
O hide not thou thy face from me, * nor cast thy servant away in displeasure.
 
Thou hast been my succour; * leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
 
When my father and my mother forsake me, * the LORD taketh me up.
 
Teach me thy way, O LORD, * and lead me in the right way, because of mine enemies.
 
Deliver me not over into the will of mine adversaries: * for there are false witnesses risen up against me, and such as speak wrong.
 
I should utterly have fainted, * but that I believe verily to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
 
O tarry thou the LORD'S leisure; * be strong, and he shall comfort thine heart; and put thou thy trust in the LORD.



 

The First Lesson


Job 42:1-6


Then Job answered the Lord, and said, I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee. Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.



 

The Second Lesson

St. John 14:1-7

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.



 

The Collect

St. Thomas the Apostle

ALMIGHTY and everliving God, who, for the greater confirmation of the faith, didst suffer thy holy Apostle Thomas to be doubtful in thy Son's resurrection; Grant us so perfectly, and without all doubt, to believe in thy Son Jesus Christ, that our faith in thy sight may never be reproved. Hear us, O Lord, through the same Jesus Christ, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, now and for evermore. Amen.

The First Sunday in Advent
(to be said throughout 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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