Morning Prayer Readings
Thursday after Lent 5

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 144


The One Hundred Forty Fourth Psalm

Benedictus Dominus.


BLESSED be the LORD my strength, * who teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:
 
My hope and my fortress, my castle and deliverer, my defender in whom I trust; * who subdueth my people that is under me.
 
LORD, what is man, that thou hast such respect unto him? * or the son of man, that thou so regardest him?
 
Man is like a thing of nought; * his time passeth away like a shadow.
 
Bow thy heavens, O LORD, and come down; * touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
 
Cast forth thy lightning, and tear them; * shoot out thine arrows, and consume them.
 
Send down thine hand from above; * deliver me, and take me out of the great waters, from the hand of strangers;
 
Whose mouth talketh of vanity, * and their right hand is a right hand of wickedness.
 
I will sing a new song unto thee, O God; * and sing praises unto thee upon a ten-stringed lute.
 
Thou hast given victory unto kings, * and hast delivered David thy servant from the peril of the sword.
 
Save me, and deliver me from the hand of strangers, * whose mouth talketh of vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of iniquity:
 
That our sons may grow up as the young plants, * and that our daughters may be as the polished corners of the temple;
 
That our garners may be full and plenteous with all manner of store; * that our sheep may bring forth thousands, and ten thousands in our fields;
 
That our oxen may be strong to labour; that there be no decay, * no leading into captivity, and no complaining in our streets.
 
Happy are the people that are in such a case; * yea, blessed are the people who have the LORD for their God.



 

The First Lesson


Exodus 11:1-8


And the Lord said unto Moses, Yet will I bring one plague more upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go hence: when he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out hence altogether. Speak now in the ears of the people, and let every man borrow of his neighbour, and every woman of her neighbour, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold. And the Lord gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh's servants, and in the sight of the people. And Moses said, Thus saith the Lord, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt: And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts. And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more. But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the Lord doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel. And all these thy servants shall come down unto me, and bow down themselves unto me, saying, Get thee out, and all the people that follow thee: and after that I will go out. And he went out from Pharaoh in a great anger.



 

The Second Lesson

I Corinthians 15:50

Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.



 

The Collect

Fifth Sunday in Lent (Passion Sunday)

WE beseech thee, Almighty God, mercifully to look upon thy people; that by thy great goodness they may be governed and preserved evermore, both in body and 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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