Evening Prayer Readings
Eve of the Presentation of Christ
The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
An Independent Traditional 1928 BCP Ministry
PRAISE the LORD, ye servants; * O praise the Name of the LORD.
Blessed be the Name of the LORD * from this time forth for evermore.
The LORD'S Name is praised * from the rising up of the sun unto the going down of the same.
The LORD is high above all nations, * and his glory above the heavens.
Who is like unto the LORD our God, that hath his dwelling so high, * and yet humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven and earth!
He taketh up the simple out of the dust, * and lifteth the poor out of the mire;
That he may set him with the princes, * even with the princes of his people.
He maketh the barren woman to keep house, * and to be a joyful mother of children.
I WAS glad when they said unto me, * We will go into the house of the LORD.
Our feet shall stand in thy gates, * O Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is built as a city * that is at unity in itself.
For thither the tribes go up, even the tribes of the LORD, * to testify unto Israel, to give thanks unto the Name of the LORD.
For there is the seat of judgment, * even the seat of the house of David.
O pray for the peace of Jerusalem; * they shall prosper that love thee.
Peace be within thy walls, * and plenteousness within thy palaces.
For my brethren and companions' sakes, * I will wish thee prosperity.
Yea, because of the house of the LORD our God, * I will seek to do thee good.
And it shall be when the Lord shall bring thee into the land of the Canaanites, as he sware unto thee and to thy fathers, and shall give it thee, That thou shalt set apart unto the Lord all that openeth the matrix, and every firstling that cometh of a beast which thou hast; the males shall be the Lord's. And every firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb; and if thou wilt not redeem it, then thou shalt break his neck: and all the firstborn of man among thy children shalt thou redeem. And it shall be when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What is this? that thou shalt say unto him, By strength of hand the Lord brought us out from Egypt, from the house of bondage: And it came to pass, when Pharaoh would hardly let us go, that the Lord slew all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man, and the firstborn of beast: therefore I sacrifice to the Lord all that openeth the matrix, being males; but all the firstborn of my children I redeem. And it shall be for a token upon thine hand, and for frontlets between thine eyes: for by strength of hand the Lord brought us forth out of Egypt.
For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
ALMIGHTY and everliving God, we humbly beseech thy Majesty, that, as thy only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple in substance of our flesh, so we may be presented unto thee with pure and clean hearts, by the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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