Morning Prayer Readings
December 30th (of the Octave)

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 33


The Thirty-Third Psalm

Exultate, justi.


REJOICE in the LORD, O ye righteous; * for it be-cometh well the just to be thankful.
 
Praise the LORD with harp; * sing praises unto him with the lute, and instrument of ten strings.
 
Sing unto the Lord a new song; * sing praises lustily unto him with a good courage.
 
For the word of the LORD is true; * and all his works are faithful.
 
He loveth righteousness and judgment; * the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.
 
By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; * and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.
 
He gathereth the waters of the sea together, as it were upon an heap; * and layeth up the deep, as in a treasure-house.
 
Let all the earth fear the LORD: * stand in awe of him, all ye that dwell in the world.
 
For he spake, and it was done; * he commanded, and it stood fast.
 
The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought, * and maketh the devices of the people to be of none effect, and casteth out the counsels of princes.
 
The counsel of the LORD shall endure for ever, * and the thoughts of his heart from generation to generation.
 
Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord JEHOVAH; * and blessed are the folk that he hath chosen to him, to be his inheritance.
 
The LORD looketh down from heaven, and beholdeth all the children of men; * from the habitation of his dwelling, he considereth all them that dwell on the earth.
 
He fashioneth all the hearts of them, * and understandeth all their works.
 
There is no king that can be saved by the multitude of an host; * neither is any mighty man delivered by much strength.
 
A horse is counted but a vain thing to save a man; * neither shall he deliver any man by his great strength.
 
Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, * and upon them that put their trust in his mercy;
 
To deliver their soul from death, * and to feed them in the time of dearth.
 
Our soul hath patiently tarried for the LORD; * for he is our help and our shield.
 
For our heart shall rejoice in him; * because we have hoped in his holy Name.
 
Let thy merciful kindness, O LORD, be upon us, * like as we do put our trust in thee.



 

The First Lesson


Isaiah 59:1-3, 15b-21


Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness. And the Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment. And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him. For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak. According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence. So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him. And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the Lord. As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the Lord; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and for ever.



 

The Second Lesson

I John 2:1-17

My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning. Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth. He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes. I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake. I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father. I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.



 

The Collect

Christmas Day

ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us thy only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin; Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.



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