Todays Readings

Today's Readings

Psalm 89:19-52
1 Maccabees 3:1-24
Revelation 20:7-15
Matthew 17:1-13
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Ordinary Time
The hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for such the Father seeks to worship him. John 4:23

Confession of Sin

Most merciful God,
I confess that I have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what I have done, and by what I have left undone. I have not loved you with my whole heart; I have not loved my neighbors as myself. I am truly sorry and I humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on me and forgive me; that I may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

The Absolution

Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life. Amen

The Invitatory and Psalter
O God make speed to save us, O Lord make haste to help us

O Gracious Light,
pure brightness of everliving Father in heaven
O Jesus Christ holy and blessed!
Now as we come to the setting of the sun
and our eyes behold the vesper light
we sing your praises O God: Father Son and Holy Spirit.
You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices
O Son of God, O Giver of Life
and to be glorified through all worlds.

The mercy of the Lord is everlasting: Come let us adore him.

The Psalms are unique for the evening, the other lessions can be read in total or those you have not included in Morning Prayer

The Lessons

Psalm 89

(19) Then You spoke in a vision to Your holy one, And said: 'I have given help to one who is mighty; I have exalted one chosen from the people. (20) I have found My servant David; With My holy oil I have anointed him, (21) With whom My hand shall be established; Also My arm shall strengthen him. (22) The enemy shall not outwit him, Nor the son of wickedness afflict him.

(23) I will beat down his foes before his face, And plague those who hate him. (24) But My faithfulness and My mercy shall be with him, And in My name his horn shall be exalted. (25) Also I will set his hand over the sea, And his right hand over the rivers. (26) He shall cry to Me, 'You are my Father, My God, and the rock of my salvation.'

(27) Also I will make him My firstborn, The highest of the kings of the earth. (28) My mercy I will keep for him forever, And My covenant shall stand firm with him. (29) His seed also I will make to endure forever, And his throne as the days of heaven. (30) If his sons forsake My law And do not walk in My judgments,

(31) If they break My statutes And do not keep My commandments, (32) Then I will punish their transgression with the rod, And their iniquity with stripes. (33) Nevertheless My lovingkindness I will not utterly take from him, Nor allow My faithfulness to fail. (34) My covenant I will not break, Nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips.

(35) Once I have sworn by My holiness; I will not lie to David: (36) His seed shall endure forever, And his throne as the sun before Me; (37) It shall be established forever like the moon, Even like the faithful witness in the sky.' Selah (38) But You have cast off and abhorred, You have been furious with Your anointed.

(39) You have renounced the covenant of Your servant; You have profaned his crown by casting it to the ground. (40) You have broken down all his hedges; You have brought his strongholds to ruin. (41) All who pass by the way plunder him; He is a reproach to his neighbors. (42) You have exalted the right hand of his adversaries; You have made all his enemies rejoice.

(43) You have also turned back the edge of his sword, And have not sustained him in the battle. (44) You have made his glory cease, And cast his throne down to the ground. (45) The days of his youth You have shortened; You have covered him with shame. Selah (46) How long, LORD? Will You hide Yourself forever? Will Your wrath burn like fire?

(47) Remember how short my time is; For what futility have You created all the children of men? (48) What man can live and not see death? Can he deliver his life from the power of the grave? Selah (49) Lord, where are Your former lovingkindnesses, Which You swore to David in Your truth? (50) Remember, Lord, the reproach of Your servants -- How I bear in my bosom the reproach of all the many peoples,

(51) With which Your enemies have reproached, O LORD, With which they have reproached the footsteps of Your anointed. (52) Blessed be the LORD forevermore! Amen and Amen.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

1 Maccabees Chapter 3

(1) Judas Maccabeus took the place of his father Mattathias. (2) All his brothers and all the loyal followers of his father gave him their support, and they were happy to carry on Israel's war. (3) Judas brought greater glory to his people. In his armor, he was like a giant. He took up his weapons and went to war; with his own sword he defended his camp. (4) He was like a ferocious lion roaring as it attacks.

(5) Judas hunted down those who broke the Law and set fire to all who oppressed his people. (6) In fear of him, lawless men huddled together in terror, not knowing which way to turn. He advanced the cause of freedom by what he did. (7) He made life miserable for many kings, but brought joy to the people of Israel. We will praise him forever for what he did. (8) He went through the towns of Judea and destroyed all the godless men. He relieved Israel of its terrible suffering.

(9) His fame spread to the ends of the earth, as he gathered together those who were threatened with death. (10) Then Apollonius assembled a Gentile army, including a large force from Samaria, to attack the people of Israel. (11) When Judas learned of this, he marched out to battle, defeated the army, and killed Apollonius. Many Gentiles lost their lives, and the rest fled. (12) When the spoils of war were collected, Judas took the sword of Apollonius and used it in battle until the day he died.

(13) Seron, the general of the Syrian forces, learned that Judas had gathered together an army, consisting of a band of loyal men who were ready to fight under his command. (14) Seron said to himself, 'I will make a reputation for myself throughout the empire by defeating Judas and his men, who have no respect for the king's command.' (15) Then he began a new campaign against Judas and was joined by a strong force of godless men who were eager to help him take vengeance on Israel. (16) When he approached the pass at Beth Horon, Judas went out to meet him with a small group of men.

(17) When Judas' men saw the army coming against them, they asked, 'How can our little group of men fight an army as big as that' Besides, we have not eaten all day, and we are tired!' (18) It is not difficult,' Judas answered, 'for a small group to overpower a large one. It makes no difference to the Lord whether we are rescued by many people or by just a few. (19) Victory in battle does not depend on who has the largest army; it is the Lord's power that determines the outcome. (20) Our enemies are coming against us with great violence, intending to plunder our possessions and kill our wives and children.

(21) But we are fighting for our lives and for our religion. (22) When we attack, the Lord will crush our enemies, so don't be afraid of them.' (23) As soon as Judas had finished speaking, he and his men made a sudden attack against Seron and his army and crushed them. (24) They pursued them down the pass at Beth Horon to the plain and killed about 800 men. Those who escaped fled to Philistia.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Revelation Chapter 20

(7) Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison (8) and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. (9) They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. (10) The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

(11) Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. (12) And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. (13) The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. (14) Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

(15) And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Matthew Chapter 17

(1) Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; (2) and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. (3) And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. (4) Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, 'Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.'

(5) While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, 'This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!' (6) And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. (7) But Jesus came and touched them and said, 'Arise, and do not be afraid.' (8) When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.

(9) Now as they came down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, 'Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man is risen from the dead.' (10) And His disciples asked Him, saying, 'Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?' (11) Jesus answered and said to them, 'Indeed, Elijah is coming first and will restore all things. (12) But I say to you that Elijah has come already, and they did not know him but did to him whatever they wished. Likewise the Son of Man is also about to suffer at their hands.'

(13) Then the disciples understood that He spoke to them of John the Baptist.

The Gospel of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

The Canticles

A canticle is a hymn, or other Christian song of praise with lyrics taken from biblical texts

The Song of Moses
      Kyrie Pantokrator Exodus 15:1 to 6, 11 to 13, 17 to 18

I will sing to the Lord, for he is lofty and uplifted;
the horse and its rider has he hurled into the sea.
The Lord is my strength and my refuge;
the Lord has become my Savior.
This is my God and I will praise him,
the God of my people and I will exalt him.
The Lord is a mighty warrior;
Yahweh is his Name.
The chariots of Pharoah and his army has he hurled into the sea;
the finest of those who bear armor have been drowned in the Red Sea.
The fathomless deep has overwhelmed them;
they sank into the depths like a stone.
Your right hand, O Lord, is glorious in might;
your right hand, O Lord, has overthrown the enemy.
Who can be compared with you, O Lord, among the gods?
who is like you, glorious in holiness,
awesome in renown, and worker of wonders?
You stretched forth your right hand;
the earth swallowed them up.
With your constant love you led the people you redeemed;
with your might you brought them in safety to
your holy dwelling.
You will bring them in and plant them
on the mount of your possession,
The resting-place you have made for yourself, O Lord,
the sanctuary, O Lord, that your hand has established.
The Lord shall reign
forever and forever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

The Song of Simeon      
Nunc Dimittis Luke 2:29-32
Lord, you now have set your servant free
to go in peace as you have promised;
For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior,
whom you have prepared for all the world to see:
A Light to enlighten the nations,
and the glory of your people Israel.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord.
  He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
  He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
  He descended to the dead.
  On the third day he rose again.
  He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
  He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
  the holy catholic Church,
  the communion of saints,
  the forgiveness of sins,
  the resurrection of the body,
  and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Prayers

The Lord's Prayer   
Our Father, who art in heaven,
  hallowed be thy Name,
  thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
  on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
  And forgive us our trespasses,
  as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
  but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
  and the power, and the glory,
  forever and ever. Amen.

a short intercessory prayer

Show us your mercy, O Lord;
And grant us your salvation.
Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
Let your people sing with joy.
Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;
For only in you can we live in safety.
Lord, keep this nation under your care;
And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
Let your way be known upon earth;
Your saving health among all nations.
Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Create in us clean hearts, O God;
And sustain us by your Holy Spirit.

Seasonal Collect:   Proper 28 The Sunday closest to November 16
Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Collect of the Day: O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep your law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness while it was day, we may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Prayer for Mission: O God and Father of all, whom the whole heavens adore: Let the whole earth also worship you, all nations obey you all tongues confess and bless you, and men and women everywhere love you and serve you in peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Personal Prayers and Reflection

This is a time to pause, consider and listen. Pray for yourself and others.

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

Conclude with following
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen. 2 Corinthians 13:14

This concludes the Daily Morning Prayer
Go in Peace to Love and Serve the Lord