Evening Prayer Readings
Tuesday after Epiphany 4

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 71


The Seventy-First Psalm

In te, Domine, speravi.


IN thee, O LORD, have I put my trust; let me never be put to confusion, * but rid me and deliver me in thy righteousness; incline thine ear unto me, and save me.
 
Be thou my stronghold, whereunto I may alway resort: * thou hast promised to help me, for thou art my house of defence, and my castle.
 
Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the ungodly, * out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.
 
For thou, O Lord GOD, art the thing that I long for: * thou art my hope, even from my youth.
 
Through thee have I been holden up ever since I was born: * thou art he that took me out of my mother's womb: my praise shall be alway of thee.
 
I am become as it were a monster unto many, * but my sure trust is in thee.
 
O let my mouth be filled with thy praise, * that I may sing of thy glory and honour all the day long.
 
Cast me not away in the time of age; * forsake me not when my strength faileth me.
 
For mine enemies speak against me; * and they that lay wait for my soul take their counsel together, saying,
 
God hath forsaken him; * persecute him, and take him, for there is none to deliver him.
 
Go not far from me, O God; * my God, haste thee to help me.
 
Let them be confounded and perish that are against my soul; * let them be covered with shame and dishonour that seek to do me evil.
 
As for me, I will patiently abide alway, * and will praise thee more and more.
 
My mouth shall daily speak of thy righteousness and salvation; * for I know no end thereof.
 
I will go forth in the strength of the Lord GOD, *and will make mention of thy righteousness only.
 
Thou, O God, hast taught me from my youth up until now; * therefore will I tell of thy wondrous works.
 
Forsake me not, O God, in mine old age, when I am gray-headed, * until I have showed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to all them that are yet for to come.
 
Thy righteousness, O God, is very high, * and great things are they that thou hast done: O God, who is like unto thee!
 
O what great troubles and adversities hast thou showed me ! and yet didst thou turn and refresh me; * yea, and broughtest me from the deep of the earth again.
 
Thou hast brought me to great honour, * and comforted me on every side:
 
Therefore will I praise thee, and thy faithfulness, O God, playing upon an instrument of music: * unto thee will I sing upon the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.
 
My lips will be glad when I sing unto thee; * and so will my soul whom thou hast delivered.
 
My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long; * for they are confounded and brought unto shame that seek to do me evil.



 

The First Lesson


Ezekiel 36:22-28


Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name's sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, saith the Lord God, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.



 

The Second Lesson

St. John 6:60

Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.



 

The Collect

The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

O GOD, who knowest us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright; Grant to us such strength and protection, as may support us in all dangers, and carry us through all temptations; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



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