Evening Prayer Readings
Twentieth Sunday after Trinity

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
Developed and Presented by
www.commonprayer.org
An Independent Traditional 1928 BCP Ministry

The Psalter

First Set of Propers     Second Set of Propers     Third Set of Propers



 

The Psalter (First Set of Propers)


Psalm 145


The One Hundred Forty Fifth Psalm

Exaltabo te, Deus.


I WILL magnify thee, O God, my King; * and I will praise thy Name for ever and ever.
 
Every day will I give thanks unto thee; * and praise thy Name for ever and ever.
 
Great is the LORD, and marvellous worthy to be praised; * there is no end of his greatness.
 
One generation shall praise thy works unto another, * and declare thy power.
 
As for me, I will be talking of thy worship, * thy glory, thy praise, and wondrous works;
 
So that men shall speak of the might of thy marvellous acts; * and I will also tell of thy greatness.
 
The memorial of thine abundant kindness shall be showed; * and men shall sing of thy righteousness.
 
The LORD is gracious and merciful; * long-suffering, and of great goodness.
 
The LORD is loving unto every man; * and his mercy is over all his works.
 
All thy works praise thee, O LORD; * and thy saints give thanks unto thee.
 
They show the glory of thy kingdom, * and talk of thy power;
 
That thy power, thy glory, and mightiness of thy kingdom, * might be known unto men.
 
Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, * and thy dominion endureth throughout all ages.
 
The LORD upholdeth all such as fall, * and lifteth up all those that are down.
 
The eyes of all wait upon thee, O Lord; * and thou givest them their meat in due season.
 
Thou openest thine hand, * and fillest all things living with plenteousness.
 
The LORD is righteous in all his ways, * and holy in all his works.
 
The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him; * yea, all such as call upon him faithfully.
 
He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him; * he also will hear their cry, and will help them.
 
The LORD preserveth all them that love him; * but scattereth abroad all the ungodly.
 
My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD; * and let all flesh give thanks unto his holy Name for ever and ever.



 

The Psalter (Second Set of Propers)



Psalm 107:1-9, 33-43 - OR - Psalm 84

 

Psalm 107:1-9, 33-43


The One Hundred Seventh Psalm

Confitemini Domino.


O GIVE thanks unto the LORD, for he is gracious, * and his mercy endureth for ever.
 
Let them give thanks whom the LORD hath redeemed, * and delivered from the hand of the enemy;
 
And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west; * from the north, and from the south.
 
They went astray in the wilderness out of the way, * and found no city to dwell in.
 
Hungry and thirsty, * their soul fainted in them.
 
So they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, * and he delivered them from their distress.
 
He led them forth by the right way, * that they might go to the city where they dwelt.
 
O that men would therefore praise the LORD for his goodness; * and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men!
 
For he satisfieth the empty soul, * and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.  

 
vs 10 Such as sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death, * being fast bound in misery and iron;
 
Because they rebelled against the words of the Lord, * and lightly regarded the counsel of the Most Highest;
 
He also brought down their heart through heaviness: * they fell down, and there was none to help them.
 
So when they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, * he delivered them out of their distress.
 
For he brought them out of darkness, and out of the shadow of death, * and brake their bonds in sunder.
 
O that men would therefore praise the LORD for his goodness; * and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men !
 
For he hath broken the gates of brass, * and smitten the bars of iron in sunder.
 

 
vs 17 Foolish men are plagued for their offence, * and because of their wickedness.
 
Their soul abhorred all manner of meat, * and they were even hard at death's door.
 
So when they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, * he delivered them out of their distress.
 
He sent his word, and healed them; * and they were saved from their destruction.
 
O that men would therefore praise the LORD for his goodness; * and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men !
 
That they would offer unto him the sacrifice of thanksgiving, * and tell out his works with gladness!
 
They that go down to the sea in ships, * and occupy their business in great waters;
 
These men see the works of the LORD, * and his wonders in the deep.
 
For at his word the stormy wind ariseth, * which lifteth up the waves thereof.
 
They are carried up to the heaven, and down again to the deep; * their soul melteth away because of the trouble.
 
They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, * and are at their wit's end.
 
SO when they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, * he delivereth them out of their distress.
 
For he maketh the storm to cease, * so that the waves thereof are still.
 
Then are they glad, because they are at rest; * and so he bringeth them unto the haven where they would be.
 
O that men would therefore praise the LORD for his goodness; * and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men!
 
That they would exalt him also in the congregation of the people; * and praise him in the seat of the elders!
 

 
vs 33 He turneth the floods into a wilderness, * and drieth up the water-springs.
 
A fruitful land maketh he barren, * for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.
 
Again, he maketh the wilderness a standing water, * and water-springs of a dry ground.
 
And there he setteth the hungry, * that they may build them a city to dwell in;
 
That they may sow their land, and plant vineyards, * to yield them fruits of increase.
 
He blesseth them, so that they multiply exceedingly; * and suffereth not their cattle to decrease.
 
And again, when they are minished and brought low * through oppression, through any plague or trouble;
 
Though he suffer them to be evil entreated through tyrants, * and let them wander out of the way in the wilderness;
 
Yet helpeth he the poor out of misery, * and maketh him households like a flock of sheep.
 
The righteous will consider this, and rejoice; * and the mouth of all wickedness shall be stopped.
 
Whoso is wise, will ponder these things; * and they shall understand the loving-kindness of the LORD.




 

Psalm 84


The Eighty-Fourth Psalm

Quam dilecta!


O HOW amiable are thy dwellings, * thou LORD of hosts!
 
My soul hath a desire and longing to enter into the courts of the LORD; * my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God.
 
Yea, the sparrow hath found her an house, and the swallow a nest, where she may lay her young; * even thy altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God.
 
Blessed are they that dwell in thy house; * they will be alway praising thee.
 
Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; * in whose heart are thy ways.
 
Who going through the vale of misery use it for a well; * and the pools are filled with water.
 
They will go from strength to strength, * and unto the God of gods appeareth every one of them in Sion.
 
O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; * hearken, O God of Jacob.
 
Behold, O God our defender, * and look upon the face of thine anointed.
 
For one day in thy courts * is better than a thousand.
 
I had rather be a door-keeper in the house of my God, * than to dwell in the tents of ungodliness.
 
For the LORD God is a light and defence; * the LORD will give grace and worship; and no good thing shall he withhold from them that live a godly life.
 
O LORD God of hosts, * blessed is the man that putteth his trust in thee.





 

The Psalter (Third Set of Propers)


Psalm 111


The One Hundred Eleventh Psalm

Confitebor tibi.


I WILL give thanks unto the LORD with my whole heart, * secretly among the faithful, and in the congregation.
 
The works of the LORD are great, * sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.
 
His work is worthy to be praised and had in honour, * and his righteousness endureth for ever.
 
The merciful and gracious LORD hath so done his marvellous works, * that they ought to be had in remembrance.
 
He hath given meat unto them that fear him; * he shall ever be mindful of his covenant.
 
He hath showed his people the power of his works, * that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.
 
The works of his hands are verity and judgment; * all his commandments are true.
 
They stand fast for ever and ever, * and are done in truth and equity.
 
He sent redemption unto his people; * he hath commanded his covenant for ever; holy and reverend is his Name.
 
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; * a good understanding have all they that do thereafter; his praise endureth for ever.


Psalm 112


The One Hundred Twelfth Psalm

Beatus vir.


BLESSED is the man that feareth the LORD; * he hath great delight in his commandments.
 
His seed shall be mighty upon earth; * the generation of the faithful shall be blessed.
 
Riches and plenteousness shall be in his house; * and his righteousness endureth for ever.
 
Unto the godly there ariseth up light in the darkness; * he is merciful, loving, and righteous.
 
A good man is merciful, and lendeth; * and will guide his words with discretion.
 
For he shall never be moved: * and the righteous shall be had in everlasting remembrance.
 
He will not be afraid of any evil tidings; * for his heart standeth fast, and believeth in the LORD.
 
His heart is stablished, and will not shrink, * until he see his desire upon his enemies.
 
He hath dispersed abroad, and given to the poor, * and his righteousness remaineth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.
 
The ungodly shall see it, and it shall grieve him; * he shall gnash with his teeth, and consume away; the desire of the ungodly shall perish.



 

First Set of Propers     Second Set of Propers     Third Set of Propers

 

The First Lesson (First Set of Propers)


Jeremiah 31:31-37


Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The Lord of hosts is his name: If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever. Thus saith the Lord; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the Lord.

 

The First Lesson (Second Set of Propers)


Jeremiah 2:1-9, 13


Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the Lord; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown. Israel was holiness unto the Lord, and the firstfruits of his increase: all that devour him shall offend; evil shall come upon them, saith the Lord. Hear ye the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel: Thus saith the Lord, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain? Neither said they, Where is the Lord that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, that led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and of pits, through a land of drought, and of the shadow of death, through a land that no man passed through, and where no man dwelt? And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination. The priests said not, Where is the Lord? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit. Wherefore I will yet plead with you, saith the Lord, and with your children's children will I plead. For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

 

The First Lesson (Third Set of Propers)


II Kings 2:1-15


And it came to pass, when the Lord would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal. And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the Lord hath sent me to Bethel. And Elisha said unto him, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Bethel. And the sons of the prophets that were at Bethel came forth to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Lord will take away thy master from thy head today? And he said, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace. And Elijah said unto him, Elisha, tarry here, I pray thee; for the Lord hath sent me to Jericho. And he said, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they came to Jericho. And the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho came to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Lord will take away thy master from thy head today? And he answered, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace. And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the Lord hath sent me to Jordan. And he said, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two went on. And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan. And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground. And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so. And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces. He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the Lord God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over. And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him.



 

First Set of Propers     Second Set of Propers     Third Set of Propers

 

The Second Lesson (First Set of Propers)


St. John 13:31-35


Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him. Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you. A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

 

The Second Lesson (Second Set of Propers)


St. Matthew 22:1-14


And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.

 

The Second Lesson (Third Set of Propers)


Acts 24:10


Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned unto him to speak, answered, Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of many years a judge unto this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself: Because that thou mayest understand, that there are yet but twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem for to worship. And they neither found me in the temple disputing with any man, neither raising up the people, neither in the synagogues, nor in the city: Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me. But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets: And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust. And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men. Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings. Whereupon certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with multitude, nor with tumult. Who ought to have been here before thee, and object, if they had ought against me. Or else let these same here say, if they have found any evil doing in me, while I stood before the council, Except it be for this one voice, that I cried standing among them, Touching the resurrection of the dead I am called in question by you this day. And when Felix heard these things, having more perfect knowledge of that way, he deferred them, and said, When Lysias the chief captain shall come down, I will know the uttermost of your matter. And he commanded a centurion to keep Paul, and to let him have liberty, and that he should forbid none of his acquaintance to minister or come unto him. And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee. He hoped also that money should have been given him of Paul, that he might loose him: wherefore he sent for him the oftener, and communed with him. But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix' room: and Felix, willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.



 

The Collect

Twentienth Sunday after Trinity

O ALMIGHTY and most merciful God, of thy bountiful goodness keep us, we beseech thee, from all things that may hurt us; that we, being ready both in body and soul, may cheerfully accomplish those things which thou commandest; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



Copyright © 2000-2018 , CommonPrayer.org
See our home page for further information
HOME PAGE SYMBOL
Privacy Policy
(Alternate/Backup Site)
For information about this web page, please contact the Webmaster at: INFO SYMBOL