Morning Prayer Readings
Friday after Lent 5

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 141:1-4


The One Hundred Forty First Psalm

Domine, clamavi.


LORD, I call upon thee; haste thee unto me, * and consider my voice, when I cry unto thee.
 
Let my prayer be set forth in thy sight as the incense; * and let the lifting up of my hands be an evening sacrifice.
 
Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth, * and keep the door of my lips.
 
O let not mine heart be inclined to any evil thing; * let me not be occupied in ungodly works with the men that work wickedness, neither let me eat of such things as please them.
 

 
vs 5 Let the righteous rather smite me friendly, and reprove me; * yea, let not my head refuse their precious balms.
 
As for the ungodly, * I will pray yet against their wickedness.
 
Let their judges be overthrown in stony places, * that they may hear my words; for they are sweet.
 
Our bones lie scattered before the pit, * like as when one breaketh and heweth wood upon the earth.
 
But mine eyes look unto thee, O LORD God; * in thee is my trust; O cast not out my soul.
 
Keep me from the snare that they have laid for me, * and from the traps of the wicked doers.
 
Let the ungodly fall into their own nets together, * and let me ever escape them.


Psalm 146


The One Hundred Forty Sixth Psalm

Lauda, anima mea.


PRAISE the LORD, O my soul: while I live, will I praise the LORD; * yea, as long as I have any being, I will sing praises unto my God.
 
O put not your trust in princes, nor in any child of man; * for there is no help in them.
 
For when the breath of man goeth forth, he shall turn again to his earth, * and then all his thoughts perish.
 
Blessed is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, * and whose hope is in the LORD his God:
 
Who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that therein is; * who keepeth his promise for ever;
 
Who helpeth them to right that suffer wrong; * who feedeth the hungry.
 
The LORD looseth men out of prison; * the LORD giveth sight to the blind.
 
The LORD helpeth them that are fallen; * the LORD careth for the righteous.
 
The LORD careth for the strangers; he defendeth the fatherless and widow: * as for the way of the ungodly, he turneth it upside down.
 
The LORD thy God, O Sion, shall be King for ever-more, * and throughout all generations.



 

The First Lesson


Exodus 12:21-28


Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover. And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the basin; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning. For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the Lord will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you. And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever. And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which the Lord will give you, according as he hath promised, that ye shall keep this service. And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service? That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the Lord's passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped. And the children of Israel went away, and did as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they.



 

The Second Lesson

I Corinthians 16:1-14

Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come. And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve by your letters, them will I send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem. And if it be meet that I go also, they shall go with me. Now I will come unto you, when I shall pass through Macedonia: for I do pass through Macedonia. And it may be that I will abide, yea, and winter with you, that ye may bring me on my journey whithersoever I go. For I will not see you now by the way; but I trust to tarry a while with you, if the Lord permit. But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost. For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries. Now if Timotheus come, see that he may be with you without fear: for he worketh the work of the Lord, as I also do. Let no man therefore despise him: but conduct him forth in peace, that he may come unto me: for I look for him with the brethren. As touching our brother Apollos, I greatly desired him to come unto you with the brethren: but his will was not at all to come at this time; but he will come when he shall have convenient time. Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. Let all your things be done with charity.



 

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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