Evening Prayer Readings
Friday after Septuagesima

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 142


The One Hundred Forty Second Psalm

Voce mea ad Dominum.


I CRIED unto the LORD with my voice; * yea, even unto the LORD did I make my supplication.
 
I poured out my complaints before him, * and showed him of my trouble.
 
When my spirit was in heaviness, thou knewest my path; * in the way wherein I walked, have they privily laid a snare for me.
 
I looked also upon my right hand, * and saw there was no man that would know me.
 
I had no place to flee unto, * and no man cared for my soul.
 
I cried unto thee, O LORD, and said, * Thou art my hope, and my portion in the land of the living.
 
Consider my complaint; * for I am brought very low.
 
O deliver me from my persecutors; * for they are too strong for me.
 
Bring my soul out of prison, that I may give thanks unto thy Name; * which thing if thou wilt grant me, then shall the righteous resort unto my company.


Psalm 146


The One Hundred Forty Sixth Psalm

Lauda, anima mea.


PRAISE the LORD, O my soul: while I live, will I praise the LORD; * yea, as long as I have any being, I will sing praises unto my God.
 
O put not your trust in princes, nor in any child of man; * for there is no help in them.
 
For when the breath of man goeth forth, he shall turn again to his earth, * and then all his thoughts perish.
 
Blessed is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, * and whose hope is in the LORD his God:
 
Who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that therein is; * who keepeth his promise for ever;
 
Who helpeth them to right that suffer wrong; * who feedeth the hungry.
 
The LORD looseth men out of prison; * the LORD giveth sight to the blind.
 
The LORD helpeth them that are fallen; * the LORD careth for the righteous.
 
The LORD careth for the strangers; he defendeth the fatherless and widow: * as for the way of the ungodly, he turneth it upside down.
 
The LORD thy God, O Sion, shall be King for ever-more, * and throughout all generations.



 

The First Lesson


Amos 4:4


Come to Bethel, and transgress; at Gilgal multiply transgression; and bring your sacrifices every morning, and your tithes after three years: And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, and proclaim and publish the free offerings: for this liketh you, O ye children of Israel, saith the Lord God. And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and want of bread in all your places: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord. And also I have withholden the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered. So two or three cities wandered unto one city, to drink water; but they were not satisfied: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord. I have smitten you with blasting and mildew: when your gardens and your vineyards and your fig trees and your olive trees increased, the palmerworm devoured them: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord. I have sent among you the pestilence after the manner of Egypt: your young men have I slain with the sword, and have taken away your horses; and I have made the stink of your camps to come up unto your nostrils: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord. I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord. Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel. For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The Lord, The God of hosts, is his name.



 

The Second Lesson

Galatians 3:1-9

O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain. He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.



 

The Collect

Septuagesima

O LORD, we beseech thee favourably to hear the prayers of thy people; that we, who are justly punished for our offences, may be mercifully delivered by thy goodness, for the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost ever, one God, world without end. Amen.



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