Morning Prayer Readings
Wednesday after Lent 2

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 56


The Fifty-Sixth Psalm

Miserere mei, Deus.


BE merciful unto me, O God, for man goeth about to devour me; * he is daily fighting, and troubling me.
 
Mine enemies are daily at hand to swallow me up; * for they be many that fight against me, O thou Most Highest.
 
Nevertheless, though I am sometime afraid, * yet put I my trust in thee.
 
I will praise God, because of his word: * I have put my trust in God, and will not fear what flesh can do unto me.
 
They daily mistake my words; * all that they imagine is to do me evil.
 
They hold all together, and keep themselves close, * and mark my steps, when they lay wait for my soul.
 
Shall they escape for their wickedness? * thou, O God, in thy displeasure shalt cast them down.
 
Thou tellest my wanderings; put my tears into thy bottle: * are not these things noted in thy book?
 
Whensoever I call upon thee, then shall mine enemies be put to flight: * this I know; for God is on my side.
 
In God's word will I rejoice; * in the LORD'S word will I comfort me.
 
Yea, in God have I put my trust; * I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.
 
Unto thee, O God, will I pay my vows; * unto thee will I give thanks.
 
For thou hast delivered my soul from death, and my feet from falling, * that I may walk before God in the light of the living.



 

The First Lesson


Genesis 27:46 - 28:4, 10-22


And Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth: if Jacob take a wife of the daughters of Heth, such as these which are of the daughters of the land, what good shall my life do me? And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham. And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran. And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of. And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not. And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven. And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it. And he called the name of that place Beth-el: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first. And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, So that I come again to my father's house in peace; then shall the Lord be my God: And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.



 

The Second Lesson

I Corinthians 6:12

All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power. Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.



 

The Collect

Second Sunday in Lent

ALMIGHTY God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Ash Wednesday

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made, and dost forgive the sins of all those who are penitent; Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



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