Morning Prayer Readings
Thursday after Advent 4

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 144


The One Hundred Forty Fourth Psalm

Benedictus Dominus.


BLESSED be the LORD my strength, * who teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:
 
My hope and my fortress, my castle and deliverer, my defender in whom I trust; * who subdueth my people that is under me.
 
LORD, what is man, that thou hast such respect unto him? * or the son of man, that thou so regardest him?
 
Man is like a thing of nought; * his time passeth away like a shadow.
 
Bow thy heavens, O LORD, and come down; * touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
 
Cast forth thy lightning, and tear them; * shoot out thine arrows, and consume them.
 
Send down thine hand from above; * deliver me, and take me out of the great waters, from the hand of strangers;
 
Whose mouth talketh of vanity, * and their right hand is a right hand of wickedness.
 
I will sing a new song unto thee, O God; * and sing praises unto thee upon a ten-stringed lute.
 
Thou hast given victory unto kings, * and hast delivered David thy servant from the peril of the sword.
 
Save me, and deliver me from the hand of strangers, * whose mouth talketh of vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of iniquity:
 
That our sons may grow up as the young plants, * and that our daughters may be as the polished corners of the temple;
 
That our garners may be full and plenteous with all manner of store; * that our sheep may bring forth thousands, and ten thousands in our fields;
 
That our oxen may be strong to labour; that there be no decay, * no leading into captivity, and no complaining in our streets.
 
Happy are the people that are in such a case; * yea, blessed are the people who have the LORD for their God.



 

The First Lesson


II Samuel 7:18


Then went king David in, and sat before the Lord, and he said, Who am I, O Lord God? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto? And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O Lord God; but thou hast spoken also of thy servant's house for a great while to come. And is this the manner of man, O Lord God? And what can David say more unto thee? for thou, Lord God, knowest thy servant. For thy word's sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all these great things, to make thy servant know them. Wherefore thou art great, O Lord God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears. And what one nation in the earth is like thy people, even like Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name, and to do for you great things and terrible, for thy land, before thy people, which thou redeemedst to thee from Egypt, from the nations and their gods? For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy people Israel to be a people unto thee for ever: and thou, Lord, art become their God. And now, O Lord God, the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant, and concerning his house, establish it for ever, and do as thou hast said. And let thy name be magnified for ever, saying, The Lord of hosts is the God over Israel: and let the house of thy servant David be established before thee. For thou, O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to thy servant, saying, I will build thee an house: therefore hath thy servant found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee. And now, O Lord God, thou art that God, and thy words be true, and thou hast promised this goodness unto thy servant: Therefore now let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee: for thou, O Lord God, hast spoken it: and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed for ever.



 

The Second Lesson

St. Luke 1:46-56

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.



 

The Collect

The Fourth Sunday in Advent

O LORD, raise up, we pray thee, thy power, and come among us, and with great might succour us; that whereas, through our sins and wickedness, we are sore let and hindered in running the race that is set before us, thy bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be honour and glory, world without end. 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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