Morning Prayer Readings
Friday after Epiphany 1 (of the Octave)
The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
An Independent Traditional 1928 BCP Ministry
WHY standest thou so far off, O LORD, * and hidest thy face in the needful time of trouble?
The ungodly, for his own lust, doth persecute the poor: * let them be taken in the crafty wiliness that they have imagined.
For the ungodly hath made boast of his own heart's desire, * and speaketh good of the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.
The ungodly is so proud, that he careth not for God, * neither is God in all his thoughts.
His ways are alway grievous; * thy judgments are far above out of his sight, and therefore defieth he all his enemies.
For he hath said in his heart, Tush, I shall never be cast down, * there shall no harm happen unto me.
His mouth is full of cursing, deceit, and fraud; * under his tongue is ungodliness and vanity.
He sitteth lurking in the thievish corners of the streets, * and privily in his lurking dens doth he murder the innocent; his eyes are set against the poor.
For he lieth waiting secretly; even as a lion lurketh he in his den, * that he may ravish the poor.
He doth ravish the poor, * when he getteth him into his net.
He falleth down, and humbleth himself, * that the congregation of the poor may fall into the hands of his captains.
He hath said in his heart, Tush, God hath forgotten; * he hideth away his face, and he will never see it.
Arise, O LORD God, and lift up thine hand; * forget not the poor.
Wherefore should the wicked blaspheme God, * while he doth say in his heart, Tush, thou God carest not for it?
Surely thou hast seen it; * for thou beholdest ungodliness and wrong, that thou mayest take the matter into thy hand.
The poor committeth himself unto thee; * for thou art the helper of the friendless.
Break thou the power of the ungodly and malicious; * search out his ungodliness, until thou find none.
The LORD is King for ever and ever, * and the heathen are perished out of the land.
LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the poor; * thou preparest their heart, and thine ear hearkeneth;
To help the fatherless and poor unto their right, * that the man of the earth be no more exalted against them.
Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it. Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and tomorrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee. Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee. Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm. Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways. For the froward is abomination to the Lord: but his secret is with the righteous. The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just. Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly. The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.
For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
O LORD, we beseech thee mercifully to receive the prayers of thy people who call upon thee; and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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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