The LORD reigns, he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed in majesty and is armed with strength. The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved. (2)
Your throne was established long ago; you are from all eternity. (3)
The seas have lifted up, O LORD, the seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves. (4)
Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea-- the LORD on high is mighty. (5)
Your statutes stand firm; holiness adorns your house for endless days, O LORD.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.
Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. (2)
Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. (3)
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. (4)
For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. (5)
For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens. (6)
Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary. (7)
Ascribe to the LORD, O families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. (8)
Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come into his courts. (9)
Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth. (10)
Say among the nations, 'The LORD reigns.' The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity. (11)
Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it; (12)
let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy; (13)
they will sing before the LORD, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his truth.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.
While Ezra was praying and confessing, weeping and throwing himself down before the house of God, a large crowd of Israelites-- men, women and children-- gathered around him. They too wept bitterly. (2)
Then Shecaniah son of Jehiel, one of the descendants of Elam, said to Ezra, 'We have been unfaithful to our God by marrying foreign women from the peoples around us. But in spite of this, there is still hope for Israel. (3)
Now let us make a covenant before our God to send away all these women and their children, in accordance with the counsel of my lord and of those who fear the commands of our God. Let it be done according to the Law. (4)
Rise up; this matter is in your hands. We will support you, so take courage and do it.' (5)
So Ezra rose up and put the leading priests and Levites and all Israel under oath to do what had been suggested. And they took the oath. (6)
Then Ezra withdrew from before the house of God and went to the room of Jehohanan son of Eliashib. While he was there, he ate no food and drank no water, because he continued to mourn over the unfaithfulness of the exiles. (7)
A proclamation was then issued throughout Judah and Jerusalem for all the exiles to assemble in Jerusalem. (8)
Anyone who failed to appear within three days would forfeit all his property, in accordance with the decision of the officials and elders, and would himself be expelled from the assembly of the exiles. (9)
Within the three days, all the men of Judah and Benjamin had gathered in Jerusalem. And on the twentieth day of the ninth month, all the people were sitting in the square before the house of God, greatly distressed by the occasion and because of the rain. (10)
Then Ezra the priest stood up and said to them, 'You have been unfaithful; you have married foreign women, adding to Israel's guilt. (11)
Now make confession to the LORD, the God of your fathers, and do his will. Separate yourselves from the peoples around you and from your foreign wives.' The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
When the governor motioned for him to speak, Paul replied: 'I know that for a number of years you have been a judge over this nation; so I gladly make my defense. (11)
You can easily verify that no more than twelve days ago I went up to Jerusalem to worship. (12)
My accusers did not find me arguing with anyone at the temple, or stirring up a crowd in the synagogues or anywhere else in the city. (13)
And they cannot prove to you the charges they are now making against me. (14)
However, I admit that I worship the God of our fathers as a follower of the Way, which they call a sect. I believe everything that agrees with the Law and that is written in the Prophets, (15)
and I have the same hope in God as these men, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked. (16)
So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man. (17)
After an absence of several years, I came to Jerusalem to bring my people gifts for the poor and to present offerings. (18)
I was ceremonially clean when they found me in the temple courts doing this. There was no crowd with me, nor was I involved in any disturbance. (19)
But there are some Jews from the province of Asia, who ought to be here before you and bring charges if they have anything against me. (20)
Or these who are here should state what crime they found in me when I stood before the Sanhedrin-- (21)
unless it was this one thing I shouted as I stood in their presence: 'It is concerning the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial before you today.'' The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Then Jesus said to his host, 'When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. (13)
But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, (14)
and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.' (15)
When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, 'Blessed is the man who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.' (16)
Jesus replied: 'A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. (17)
At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, 'Come, for everything is now ready.' (18)
But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, 'I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.' (19)
Another said, 'I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I'm on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.' (20)
Still another said, 'I just got married, so I can't come.' (21)
The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.' (22)
'Sir,' the servant said, 'what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.' (23)
Then the master told his servant, 'Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full. (24)
I tell you, not one of those men who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.'' 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