Morning Prayer Readings
Tuesday after Epiphany 1 (of the Octave)

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 5


The Fifth Psalm

Verba mea auribus.


PONDER my words, O LORD, * consider my meditation.
 
O hearken thou unto the voice of my calling, my King and my God: * for unto thee will I make my prayer.
 
My voice shalt thou hear betimes, O LORD; * early in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
 
For thou art the God that hast no pleasure in wickedness; * neither shall any evil dwell with thee.
 
Such as be foolish shall not stand in thy sight; * for thou hatest all them that work iniquity.
 
Thou shalt destroy them that speak lies: * the LORD will abhor both the blood-thirsty and deceitful man.
 
But as for me, in the multitude of thy mercy I will come into thine house; * and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.
 
Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness, because of mine enemies; * make thy way plain before my face.
 
For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; * their inward parts are very wickedness.
 
Their throat is an open sepulchre; * they flatter with their tongue.
 
Destroy thou them, O God; let them perish through their own imaginations; * cast them out in the multitude of their ungodliness; for they have rebelled against thee.
 
And let all them that put their trust in thee rejoice: * they shall ever be giving of thanks, because thou defendest them; they that love thy Name shall be joyful in thee;
 
For thou, LORD, wilt give thy blessing unto the righteous, * and with thy favourable kindness wilt thou defend him as with a shield.



 

The First Lesson


Proverbs 2:1-9


My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints. Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.



 

The Second Lesson

Ephesians 2:1-10

And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.



 

The Collect

The First Sunday after the Epiphany

O LORD, we beseech thee mercifully to receive the prayers of thy people who call upon thee; and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epiphany

O GOD, who by the leading of a star didst manifest thy only-begotten Son to the Gentiles; Mercifully grant that we, who know thee now by faith, may after this life have the fruition of thy glorious Godhead; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



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