Morning Prayer Readings
Wednesday after Ascension Sunday (of the Octave)

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 21:1-6


The Twentieth-First Psalm

Domine, in virtute tua.


THE King shall rejoice in thy strength, O LORD; * exceeding glad shall he be of thy salvation.
 
Thou hast given him his heart's desire, * and hast not denied him the request of his lips.
 
For thou shalt meet him with the blessings of goodness, * and shalt set a crown of pure gold upon his head.
 
He asked life of thee; and thou gavest him a long life, * even for ever and ever.
 
His honour is great in thy salvation; * glory and great worship shalt thou lay upon him.
 
For thou shalt give him everlasting felicity, * and make him glad with the joy of thy countenance.
 

 
vs 7 And why? because the King putteth his trust in the LORD; * and in the mercy of the Most Highest he shall not miscarry.
 
All thine enemies shall feel thine hand; * thy right hand shall find out them that hate thee.
 
Thou shalt make them like a fiery oven in time of thy wrath: * the LORD shall destroy them in his displeasure, and the fire shall consume them.
 
Their fruit shalt thou root out of the earth, * and their seed from among the children of men.
 
For they intended mischief against thee, * and imagined such a device as they are not able to perform.
 
Therefore shalt thou put them to flight, * and the strings of thy bow shalt thou make ready against the face of them.
 
Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength; * so will we sing, and praise thy power.


Psalm 23


The Twenty-Third Psalm

Dominus regit me.


THE LORD is my shepherd; * therefore can I lack nothing.
 
He shall feed me in a green pasture, * and lead me forth beside the waters of comfort.
 
He shall convert my soul, * and bring me forth in the paths of righteousness for his Name's sake.
 
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; * for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff comfort me.
 
Thou shalt prepare a table before me in the presence of them that trouble me; * thou hast anointed my head with oil, and my cup shall be full.
 
Surely thy loving-kindness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; * and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.



 

The First Lesson


Isaiah 4:2


In that day shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel. And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem: When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning. And the Lord will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence. And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.



 

The Second Lesson

Revelation 19:11-16

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.



 

The Collect

Sunday After Ascension

O GOD, the King of glory, who hast exalted thine only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph unto thy kingdom in heaven; We beseech thee, leave us not comfortless; but send to us thine Holy Ghost to comfort us, and exalt us unto the same place whither our Saviour Christ is gone before, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

Ascension Day

GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that like as we do believe thy only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into the heavens; so we may also in heart and mind thither ascend, and with him continually dwell, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.



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