Evening Prayer Readings
Monday after Advent 3
The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
An Independent Traditional 1928 BCP Ministry
UNTO thee, O God, do we give thanks; * yea, unto thee do we give thanks.
Thy Name also is so nigh; * and that do thy wondrous works declare.
In the appointed time, saith God, * I shall judge according unto right.
The earth is weak, and all the inhabiters thereof: * I bear up the pillars of it.
I said unto the fools, Deal not so madly; * and to the ungodly, Set not up your horn.
Set not up your horn on high, * and speak not with a stiff neck.
For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, * nor yet from the south.
And why? God is the Judge; * he putteth down one, and setteth up another.
For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup, and the wine is red; * it is full mixt, and he poureth out of the same.
As for the dregs thereof, * all the ungodly of the earth shall drink them, and suck them out.
But I will talk of the God of Jacob, * and praise him for ever.
All the horns of the ungodly also will I break, * and the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.
IN Judah is God known; * his Name is great in Israel.
At Salem is his tabernacle, * and his dwelling in Sion.
There brake he the arrows of the bow, * the shield, the sword, and the battle.
Thou art glorious in might, * when thou comest from the hills of the robbers.
The proud are robbed, they have slept their sleep; * and all the men whose hands were mighty have found nothing.
At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob, * both the chariot and horse are fallen.
Thou, even thou art to be feared; * and who may stand in thy sight when thou art angry?
Thou didst cause thy judgment to be heard from heaven; * the earth trembled, and was still,
When God arose to judgment, * and to help all the meek upon earth.
The fierceness of man shall turn to thy praise; * and the fierceness of them shalt thou refrain.
Promise unto the LORD your God, and keep it, all ye that are round about him; * bring presents unto him that ought to be feared.
He shall refrain the spirit of princes, * and is wonderful among the kings of the earth.
Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the Lord, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us? Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter's clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding? Is it not yet a very little while, and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest? And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness. The meek also shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. For the terrible one is brought to nought, and the scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off: That make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of nought. Therefore thus saith the Lord, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob, Jacob shall not now be ashamed, neither shall his face now wax pale. But when he seeth his children, the work of mine hands, in the midst of him, they shall sanctify my name, and sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and shall fear the God of Israel. They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine.
And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men. And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate. Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her. And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.
O LORD Jesus Christ, who at thy first coming didst send thy messenger to prepare thy way before thee; Grant that the ministers and stewards of thy mysteries may likewise so prepare and make ready thy way, by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, that at thy second coming to judge the world we may be found an acceptable people in thy sight, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.
ALMIGHTY God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal, through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever. Amen.
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