Evening Prayer Readings
Wednesday after Trinity 20 (of the Octave)
The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
An Independent Traditional 1928 BCP Ministry
O PRAISE the LORD, laud ye the Name of the LORD; * praise it, O ye servants of the LORD;
Ye that stand in the house of the LORD, * in the courts of the house of our God.
O praise the LORD, for the LORD is gracious; * O sing praises unto his Name, for it is lovely.
For why? the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, * and Israel for his own possession.
For I know that the LORD is great, * and that our Lord is above all gods.
Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth; * and in the sea, and in all deep places.
He bringeth forth the clouds from the ends of the world, * and sendeth forth lightnings with the rain, bringing the winds out of his treasuries.
He smote the firstborn of Egypt, * both of man and beast.
He hath sent tokens and wonders into the midst of thee, O thou land of Egypt; * upon Pharaoh, and all his servants.
He smote divers nations, * and slew mighty kings:
Sihon, king of the Amorites; and Og, the king of Bashan; * and all the kingdoms of Canaan;
And gave their land to be an heritage, * even an heritage unto Israel his people.
Thy Name, O LORD, endureth for ever; * so doth thy memorial, O LORD, from one generation to another.
For the LORD will avenge his people, * and be gracious unto his servants.
As for the images of the heathen, they are but silver and gold; * the work of men's hands.
They have mouths, and speak not; * eyes have they, but they see not.
They have ears, and yet they hear not; * neither is there any breath in their mouths.
They that make them are like unto them; * and so are all they that put their trust in them.
Praise the LORD, ye house of Israel; * praise the LORD, ye house of Aaron.
Praise the LORD, ye house of Levi; * ye that fear the LORD, praise the LORD.
Praised be the LORD out of Sion, * who dwelleth at Jerusalem.
Yea, I hated all my labour which I had taken under the sun: because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me. And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? yet shall he have rule over all my labour wherein I have laboured, and wherein I have shewed myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity. Therefore I went about to cause my heart to despair of all the labour which I took under the sun. For there is a man whose labour is in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in equity; yet to a man that hath not laboured therein shall he leave it for his portion. This also is vanity and a great evil. For what hath man of all his labour, and of the vexation of his heart, wherein he hath laboured under the sun? For all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief; yea, his heart taketh not rest in the night. This is also vanity. There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God. For who can eat, or who else can hasten hereunto, more than I? For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.
And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death, And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again. Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him. And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom. But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able. And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father. And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren. But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him. And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David. And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David. And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you? They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.
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.
O ALMIGHTY God, who hast knit together thine elect in one communion and fellowship, in the mystical body of thy Son Christ our Lord; Grant us grace so to follow thy blessed Saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those unspeakable joys which thou hast prepared for those who unfeignedly love thee; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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