Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth! (2)
Sing out the honor of His name; Make His praise glorious. (3)
Say to God, 'How awesome are Your works! Through the greatness of Your power Your enemies shall submit themselves to You. (4)
All the earth shall worship You And sing praises to You; They shall sing praises to Your name.' Selah (5)
Come and see the works of God; He is awesome in His doing toward the sons of men. (6)
He turned the sea into dry land; They went through the river on foot. There we will rejoice in Him. (7)
He rules by His power forever; His eyes observe the nations; Do not let the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah (8)
Oh, bless our God, you peoples! And make the voice of His praise to be heard, (9)
Who keeps our soul among the living, And does not allow our feet to be moved. (10)
For You, O God, have tested us; You have refined us as silver is refined. (11)
You brought us into the net; You laid affliction on our backs. (12)
You have caused men to ride over our heads; We went through fire and through water; But You brought us out to rich fulfillment. (13)
I will go into Your house with burnt offerings; I will pay You my vows, (14)
Which my lips have uttered And my mouth has spoken when I was in trouble. (15)
I will offer You burnt sacrifices of fat animals, With the sweet aroma of rams; I will offer bulls with goats. Selah (16)
Come and hear, all you who fear God, And I will declare what He has done for my soul. (17)
I cried to Him with my mouth, And He was extolled with my tongue. (18)
If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear. (19)
But certainly God has heard me; He has attended to the voice of my prayer. (20)
Blessed be God, Who has not turned away my prayer, Nor His mercy from me!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.
God be merciful to us and bless us, And cause His face to shine upon us. Selah (2)
That Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations. (3)
Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. (4)
Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy! For You shall judge the people righteously, And govern the nations on earth. Selah (5)
Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. (6)
Then the earth shall yield her increase; God, our own God, shall bless us. (7)
God shall bless us, And all the ends of the earth shall fear Him.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.
Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. (2)
And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. (3)
Then Moses said, 'I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.' (4)
So when the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, 'Moses, Moses!' And he said, 'Here I am.' (5)
Then He said, 'Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.' (6)
Moreover He said, 'I am the God of your father -- the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.' And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God. (7)
And the LORD said: 'I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. (8)
So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites. (9)
Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. (10)
Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.' (11)
But Moses said to God, 'Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?' (12)
So He said, 'I will certainly be with you. And this shall be a sign to you that I have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.' The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
For you have not come to the mountain that may be touched and that burned with fire, and to blackness and darkness and tempest, (19)
and the sound of a trumpet and the voice of words, so that those who heard it begged that the word should not be spoken to them anymore. (20)
(For they could not endure what was commanded: 'And if so much as a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned or shot with an arrow.' (21)
And so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, 'I am exceedingly afraid and trembling.') (22)
But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, (23)
to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, (24)
to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel. (25)
See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, (26)
whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, 'Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.' (27)
Now this, 'Yet once more,' indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. (28)
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. (29)
For our God is a consuming fire. The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues. (18)
You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. (19)
But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; (20)
for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you. (21)
Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. (22)
And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. (23)
When they persecute you in this city, flee to another. For assuredly, I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes. (24)
A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. The Gospel of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.Canticles can be prayed or sung after each reading or after all readings.
16 The Song of Zechariah
Luke 1: 68-79
Can be read after the Old Testament Reading