Morning Prayer Readings
January 9 (of the Octave)

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 22:23


The Twenty-Second Psalm

Deus, deus meus.


MY God, my God, look upon me; why hast thou forsaken me? * and art so far from my health, and from the words of my complaint?
 
O my God, I cry in the day-time, but thou hearest not; * and in the night season also I take no rest.
 
And thou continuest holy, * O thou Worship of Israel.
 
Our fathers hoped in thee; * they trusted in thee, and thou didst deliver them.
 
They called upon thee, and were holpen; * they put their trust in thee, and were not confounded.
 
But as for me, I am a worm, and no man; * a very scorn of men, and the outcast of the people.
 
All they that see me laugh me to scorn; * they shoot out their lips, and shake their heads, saying,
 
He trusted in the LORD, that he would deliver him; * let him deliver him, if he will have him.
 
But thou art he that took me out of my mother's womb; * thou wast my hope, when I hanged yet upon my mother's breasts.
 
I have been left unto thee ever since I was born; * thou art my God even from my mother's womb.
 
O go not from me; for trouble is hard at hand, * and there is none to help me.
 
Many oxen are come about me; * fat bulls of Bashan close me in on every side.
 
They gape upon me with their mouths, * as it were a ramping and a roaring lion.
 
I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; * my heart also in the midst of my body is even like melting wax.
 
My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue cleaveth to my gums, * and thou bringest me into the dust of death.
 
For many dogs are come about me, * and the council of the wicked layeth siege against me.
 
They pierced my hands and my feet: I may tell all my bones: * they stand staring and looking upon me.
 
They part my garments among them, * and cast lots upon my vesture.
 
But be not thou far from me, O LORD; * thou art my succour, haste thee to help me.
 

 
vs 21 Deliver my soul from the sword, * my darling from the power of the dog.
 
Save me from the lion's mouth; * thou hast heard me also from among the horns of the unicorns.
 
I will declare thy Name unto my brethren; * in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.
 

 
vs 23 O praise the LORD, ye that fear him: * magnify him, all ye of the seed of Jacob; and fear him, all ye seed of Israel.
 
For he hath not despised nor abhorred the low estate of the poor; * he hath not hid his face from him; but when he called unto him he heard him.
 
My praise is of thee in the great congregation; * my vows will I perform in the sight of them that fear him.
 
The poor shall eat, and be satisfied; they that seek after the LORD shall praise him: * your heart shall live for ever.
 
All the ends of the world shall remember themselves, and be turned unto the LORD; * and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before him.
 
For the kingdom is the LORD'S, * and he is the Governor among the nations.
 
All such as be fat upon earth * have eaten, and worshipped.
 
All they that go down into the dust shall kneel before him; * and no man hath quickened his own soul.
 
My seed shall serve him: * they shall be counted unto the Lord for a generation.
 
They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness * unto a people that shall be born, whom the Lord hath made.



Psalm 24


The Twenty-Fourth Psalm

Domini est terra.


THE earth is the LORD'S, and all that therein is; * the compass of the world, and they that dwell therein.
 
For he hath founded it upon the seas, * and stablished it upon the floods.
 
Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? * or who shall rise up in his holy place?
 
Even he that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; * and that hath not lift up his mind unto vanity, nor sworn to deceive his neighbour.
 
He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, * and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
 
This is the generation of them that seek him; * even of them that seek thy face, O God of Jacob.
 
Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; * and the King of glory shall come in.
 
Who is this King of glory? * It is the LORD strong and mighty, even the LORD mighty in battle.
 
Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; * and the King of glory shall come in.
 
Who is this King of glory? * Even the LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory.



 

The First Lesson


Isaiah 49:8-13, 22-23


Thus saith the Lord, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages; That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places. They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them. And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted. Behold, these shall come from far: and, lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim. Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted. Thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders. And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.



 

The Second Lesson

I John 1:1-9

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.



 

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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