Morning Prayer Readings
January 12 (of the Octave)

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 50


The Fiftieth Psalm

Deus deorum.


THE LORD, even the Most Mighty God, hath spoken, * and called the world, from the rising up of the sun unto the going down thereof.
 
Out of Sion hath God appeared * in perfect beauty.
 
Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence; * there shall go before him a consuming fire, and a mighty tempest shall be stirred up round about him.
 
He shall call the heaven from above, * and the earth, that he may judge his people.
 
Gather my saints together unto me; * those that have made a covenant with me with sacrifice.
 
And the heavens shall declare his righteousness; * for God is Judge himself.
 
Hear, O my people, and I will speak; * I myself will testify against thee, O Israel; for I am God, even thy God.
 
I will not reprove thee because of thy sacrifices; * as for thy burnt-offerings, they are alway before me.
 
I will take no bullock out of thine house, * nor he-goats out of thy folds.
 
For all the beasts of the forest are mine, * and so are the cattle upon a thousand hills.
 
I know all the fowls upon the mountains, * and the wild beasts of the field are in my sight.
 
If I be hungry, I will not tell thee; * for the whole world is mine, and all that is therein.
 
Thinkest thou that I will eat bulls' flesh, * and drink the blood of goats?
 
Offer unto God thanksgiving, * and pay thy vows unto the Most Highest.
 
And call upon me in the time of trouble; * so will I hear thee, and thou shalt praise me.
 
But unto the ungodly saith God, * Why dost thou preach my laws, and takest my covenant in thy mouth;
 
Whereas thou hatest to be reformed, * and hast cast my words behind thee?
 
When thou sawest a thief, thou consentedst unto him; * and hast been partaker with the adulterers.
 
Thou hast let thy mouth speak wickedness, * and with thy tongue thou hast set forth deceit.
 
Thou sattest and spakest against thy brother; * yea, and hast slandered thine own mother's son.
 
These things hast thou done, and I held my tongue, and thou thoughtest wickedly, that I am even such a one as thyself; * but I will reprove thee, and set before thee the things that thou hast done.
 
O consider this, ye that forget God, * lest I pluck you away, and there be none to deliver you.
 
Whoso offereth me thanks and praise, he honoureth me; * and to him that ordereth his way aright, will I show the salvation of God.



 

The First Lesson


Malachi 1:11


The burden of the word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi. I have loved you, saith the Lord. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob's brother? saith the Lord: yet I loved Jacob, And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness. Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith the Lord of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the Lord hath indignation for ever. And your eyes shall see, and ye shall say, The Lord will be magnified from the border of Israel. A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the Lord of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name? Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the Lord is contemptible. And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the Lord of hosts. And now, I pray you, beseech God that he will be gracious unto us: this hath been by your means: will he regard your persons? saith the Lord of hosts. Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the Lord of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand. For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the Lord of hosts.



 

The Second Lesson

II Thessalonians 1

Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth; So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure: Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer: Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day. Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.



 

The Collect

The Epiphany

O GOD, who by the leading of a star didst manifest thy only-begotten Son to the Gentiles; Mercifully grant that we, who know thee now by faith, may after this life have the fruition of thy glorious Godhead; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



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