Morning Prayer Readings
Friday after Lent 4

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 95


The Ninety-Fifth Psalm

Venite, exultemus.


O COME, let us sing unto the LORD; * let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.
 
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving; * and show ourselves glad in him with psalms.
 
For the LORD is a great God; * and a great King above all gods.
 
In his hand are all the corners of the earth; * and the strength of the hills is his also.
 
The sea is his, and he made it; * and his hands prepared the dry land.
 
O come, let us worship and fall down, * and kneel before the LORD our Maker.
 
For he is the Lord our God; * and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
 
To-day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts * as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness;
 
When your fathers tempted me, * proved me, and saw my works.
 
Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, * It is a people that do err in their hearts, for they have not known my ways:
 
Unto whom I sware in my wrath, * that they should not enter into my rest.


Psalm 102


The One Hundred Second Psalm

Domine, exaudi.


HEAR my prayer, O LORD, * and let my crying come unto thee.
 
Hide not thy face from me in the time of my trouble; * incline thine ear unto me when I call; O hear me, and that right soon.
 
For my days are consumed away like smoke, * and my bones are burnt up as it were a firebrand.
 
My heart is smitten down, and withered like grass; * so that I forget to eat my bread.
 
For the voice of my groaning, * my bones will scarce cleave to my flesh.
 
I am become like a pelican in the wilderness, * and like an owl that is in the desert.
 
I have watched, and am even as it were a sparrow, * that sitteth alone upon the housetop.
 
Mine enemies revile me all the day long; * and they that are mad upon me are sworn together against me.
 
For I have eaten ashes as it were bread, * and mingled my drink with weeping;
 
And that, because of thine indignation and wrath; * for thou hast taken me up, and cast me down.
 
My days are gone like a shadow, * and I am withered like grass.
 
But thou, O LORD, shalt endure for ever, * and thy remembrance throughout all generations.
 
Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Sion; * for it is time that thou have mercy upon her, yea, the time is come.
 
And why? thy servants think upon her stones, * and it pitieth them to see her in the dust.
 

 
vs 15 The nations shall fear thy Name, O LORD; * and all the kings of the earth thy majesty;
 
When the LORD shall build up Sion, * and when his glory shall appear;
 
When he turneth him unto the prayer of the poor destitute, * and despiseth not their desire.
 
This shall be written for those that come after, * and the people which shall be born shall praise the LORD.
 
For he hath looked down from his sanctuary; * out of the heaven did the LORD behold the earth;
 
That he might hear the mournings of such as are in captivity, * and deliver them that are appointed unto death;
 
That they may declare the Name of the LORD in Sion, * and his worship at Jerusalem;
 
When the peoples are gathered together, * and the kingdoms also, to serve the LORD.
 
He brought down my strength in my journey, * and shortened my days.
 
But I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of mine age; * as for thy years, they endure throughout all generations.
 
Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth, * and the heavens are the work of thy hands.
 
They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: * they all shall wax old as doth a garment;
 
And as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed; * but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
 
The children of thy servants shall continue, * and their seed shall stand fast in thy sight.



 

The First Lesson


Exodus 1:8-14, 22


Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we: Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land. Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses. But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel. And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour: And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in mortar, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour. And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.



 

The Second Lesson

I Corinthians 14:26

How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying. If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret. But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God. Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church. What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant. Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. Let all things be done decently and in order.



 

The Collect

Fourth Sunday in Lent

GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that we, who for our evil deeds do worthily deserve to be punished, by the comfort of thy grace may mercifully be relieved; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 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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