Morning Prayer Readings
Wednesday after Trinity 11
The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
An Independent Traditional 1928 BCP Ministry
HER foundations are upon the holy hills: * the LORD loveth the gates of Sion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
Very excellent things are spoken of thee, * thou city of God.
I will make mention of Egypt and Babylon, * among them that know me.
Behold, Philistia also; and Tyre, with Ethiopia; * lo, in Sion were they born.
Yea, of Sion it shall be reported, this one and that one were born in her; * and the Most High shall stablish her.
The LORD shall record it, when he writeth up the peoples; * lo, in Sion were they born.
The singers also and trumpeters shall make answer: * All my fresh springs are in thee.
MY song shall be of mercy and judgment; * unto thee, O LORD, will I sing.
O let me have understanding * in the way of godliness!
When wilt thou come unto me? * I will walk in my house with a perfect heart.
I will take no wicked thing in hand; I hate the sins of unfaithfulness; * there shall no such cleave unto me.
A froward heart shall depart from me; * I will not know a wicked person.
Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, * him will I destroy.
Whoso hath also a haughty look and a proud heart, * I will not suffer him.
Mine eyes look upon such as are faithful in the land, * that they may dwell with me.
Whoso leadeth a godly life, * he shall be my servant.
There shall no deceitful person dwell in my house; * he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.
I shall soon destroy all the ungodly that are in the land; * that I may root out all wicked doers from the city of the LORD.
And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son: (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jasher.) The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen! Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph. Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, neither let there be rain, upon you, nor fields of offerings: for there the shield of the mighty is vilely cast away, the shield of Saul, as though he had not been anointed with oil. From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan turned not back, and the sword of Saul returned not empty. Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided: they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions. Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with other delights, who put on ornaments of gold upon your apparel. How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! O Jonathan, thou wast slain in thine high places. I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women. How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!
And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table. And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed! And they began to inquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing. And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest. And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth. Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
O GOD, who declarest thy almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity; Mercifully grant unto us such a measure of thy grace, that we, running the way of thy commandments, may obtain thy gracious promises, and be made partakers of thy heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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