Morning Prayer Readings
Wednesday after Advent 4

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 132


The One Hundred Thirty Second Psalm

Memento, Domine.


LORD, remember David, * and all his trouble:
 
How he sware unto the LORD, * and vowed a vow unto the Almighty God of Jacob:
 
I will not come within the tabernacle of mine house, * nor climb up into my bed;
 
I will not suffer mine eyes to sleep, nor mine eyelids to slumber; * neither the temples of my head to take any rest;
 
Until I find out a place for the temple of the LORD; * an habitation for the Mighty God of Jacob.
 
Lo, we heard of the same at Ephratah, * and found it in the wood.
 
We will go into his tabernacle, * and fall low on our knees before his footstool.
 
Arise, O LORD, into thy resting-place; * thou, and the ark of thy strength.
 
Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; * and let thy saints sing with joyfulness.
 
For thy servant David's sake, * turn not away the face of thine anointed.
 
The LORD hath made a faithful oath unto David, * and he shall not shrink from it:
 
Of the fruit of thy body * shall I set upon thy throne.
 
If thy children will keep my covenant, and my testimonies that I shall teach them; * their children also shall sit upon thy throne for evermore.
 
For the LORD hath chosen Sion to be an habitation for himself; * he hath longed for her.
 
This shall be my rest for ever: * here will I dwell, for I have a delight therein.
 
I will bless her victuals with increase, * and will satisfy her poor with bread.
 
I will deck her priests with health, * and her saints shall rejoice and sing.
 
There shall I make the horn of David to flourish: * I have ordained a lantern for mine anointed.
 
As for his enemies, I shall clothe them with shame; * but upon himself shall his crown flourish.



 

The First Lesson


Zechariah 8:1-8, 20-23


Again the word of the Lord of hosts came to me, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury. Thus saith the Lord; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the Lord of hosts the holy mountain. Thus saith the Lord of hosts; There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with his staff in his hand for very age. And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof. Thus saith the Lord of hosts; If it be marvellous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, should it also be marvellous in mine eyes? saith the Lord of hosts. Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country; And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness. Thus saith the Lord of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities: And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts: I will go also. Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the Lord. Thus saith the Lord of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.



 

The Second Lesson

St. Luke 1:39-45

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.



 

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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