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4th Sunday in Advent
(If you can, go to mass today. If
you can't, read the mass propers for today, found on pages 95-96 of
the Book of Common Prayer.)
MORNING PRAYER (Abbreviated Version)
MORNING PRAYER (Full Version)
Ps 80. Qui regis Israel.
1 Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.
2 Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her
warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she
hath received of the LORD's hand double for all her sins.
3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye
the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for
4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill
shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and
the rough places plain:
5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh
shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken
6 The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh
is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of
grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the
LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.
8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our
God shall stand for ever.
9 O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high
mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy
voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the
cities of Judah, Behold your God!
10 Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm
shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work
11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the
lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently
lead those that are with young.
1 Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar,
Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch
of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of
the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene,
2 Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God
came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.
3 And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the
baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;
4 As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet,
saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye
the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall
be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the
rough ways shall be made smooth;
6 And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
7 Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized
of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from
the wrath to come?
8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin
not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father:
for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise
up children unto Abraham.
9 And now also the ax is laid unto the root of the trees: every
tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down,
and cast into the fire.
10 And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then?
11 He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats,
let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat,
let him do likewise.
12 Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him,
Master, what shall we do?
13 And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed
14 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what
shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither
accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.
15 And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in
their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not;
16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you
with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose
shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the
Holy Ghost and with fire:
17 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his
floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff
he will burn with fire unquenchable.
Ps 33. Exaltate, justi.
Isaiah 40:12-18, 21-31
12 Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and
meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of
the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales,
and the hills in a balance?
13 Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor
hath taught him?
14 With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught
him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and showed
to him the way of understanding?
15 Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted
as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles
as a very little thing.
16 And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof
sufficient for a burnt offering.
17 All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted
to him less than nothing, and vanity.
whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare
21 Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told
you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations
of the earth?
22 It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the
inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out
the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to
23 That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges
of the earth as vanity.
24 Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown:
yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and he shall
also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind
shall take them away as stubble.
25 To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith
the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these
things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them
all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong
in power; not one faileth.
27 Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is
hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God?
28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting
God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth
not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might
he increaseth strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men
shall utterly fall:
they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they
shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not
be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
1 Thessalonians 3:7-13
7 Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our
affliction and distress by your faith:
8 For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.
9 For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all
the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God;
and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and
might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?
11 Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ,
direct our way unto you.
12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward
another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:
the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before
God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ
with all his saints.
MORNING PRAYER (Abbreviated Version)
MORNING PRAYER (Full Version)
Ps 116. Dilexi, quoniam.
13 Hear, ye that are far off, what I have done; and, ye that
are near, acknowledge my might.
14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised
the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire?
who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?
15 He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that
despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from
holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood,
and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;
16 He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the
munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall
17 Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold
the land that is very far off.
18 Thine heart shall meditate terror. Where is the scribe? where
is the receiver? where is he that counted the towers?
19 Thou shalt not see a fierce people, a people of a deeper speech
than thou canst perceive; of a stammering tongue, that thou canst
20 Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall
see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not
be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed,
neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken.
21 But there the glorious LORD will be unto us a place of broad
rivers and streams; wherein shall go no galley with oars, neither
shall gallant ship pass thereby.
the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is
our king; he will save us.
23 Thy tacklings are loosed; they could not well strengthen their
mast, they could not spread the sail: then is the prey of a great
spoil divided; the lame take the prey.
24 And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that
dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity.
5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain
priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was
of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.
6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the
commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
7 And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and
they both were now well stricken in years.
8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office
before God in the order of his course,
9 According to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was
to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.
10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without
at the time of incense.
11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing
on the right side of the altar of incense.
12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell
13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy
prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son,
and thou shalt call his name John.
14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice
at his birth.
15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall
drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with
the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb.
16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord
17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias,
to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient
to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for
18 And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this?
for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.
19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that
stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee,
and to show thee these glad tidings.
behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the
day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest
not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.
21 And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he
tarried so long in the temple.
22 And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they
perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned
unto them, and remained speechless.
23 And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration
were accomplished, he departed to his own house.
after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself
five months, saying,
25 Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked
on me, to take away my reproach among men.
Ps 104. Benedic, anima
1 The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them;
and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.
shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing:
the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of
Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and
the excellency of our God.
3 Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.
to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold,
your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense;
he will come and save you.
5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of
the deaf shall be unstopped.
6 Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of
the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out,
and streams in the desert.
7 And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty
land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each
lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes.
8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called
The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but
it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall
not err therein.
9 No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up
thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall
10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion
with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain
joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed
out of his prison,
8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four
quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together
to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed
the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire
came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of
fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are,
and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from
whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was
found no place for them.
I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books
were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of
life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were
written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and
hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were
judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is
the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was
cast into the lake of fire.
MORNING PRAYER (Abbreviated Version)
MORNING PRAYER (Full Version)
Ps 130. De profundis.
Ps 131. Domine, non est.
1 O LORD, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy
name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old
are faithfulness and truth.
2 For thou hast made of a city an heap; of a defenced city a
ruin: a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be
3 Therefore shall the strong people glorify thee, the city of
the terrible nations shall fear thee.
4 For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the
needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from
the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against
5 Thou shalt bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in
a dry place; even the heat with the shadow of a cloud: the branch
of the terrible ones shall be brought low.
6 And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make unto all
people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of
fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined.
7 And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering
cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations.
will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe
away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall
he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken
9 And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have
waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have
waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God
unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the
house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that
art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou
29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and
cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast
found favour with God.
31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth
a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest:
and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father
33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of
his kingdom there shall be no end.
34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I
know not a man?
35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall
come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow
thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee
shall be called the Son of God.
36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived
a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who
was called barren.
with God nothing shall be impossible.
38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto
me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
Ps 114. In exitu Israel.
Ps 122. Laetatus sum.
1 And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves
together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in
the last days.
2 Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and
hearken unto Israel your father.
8 Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand
shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father's children
shall bow down before thee.
is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he
stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall
rouse him up?
10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from
between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering
of the people be.
1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven
and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from
God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the
tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and
they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them,
and be their God.
God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall
be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there
be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things
new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and
6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the
beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of
the fountain of the water of life freely.
7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be
his God, and he shall be my son.
8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers,
and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars,
shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and
brimstone: which is the second death.
MORNING PRAYER (Abbreviated Version)
MORNING PRAYER (Full Version)
Ps 132. Memento, Domine.
1 Again the word of the LORD of hosts came to me, saying,
2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great
jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury.
3 Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell
in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city
of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain.
4 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; There shall yet old men and old
women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with his
staff in his hand for very age.
the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing
in the streets thereof.
6 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If it be marvellous in the eyes
of the remnant of this people in these days, should it also be
marvellous in mine eyes? saith the LORD of hosts.
7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will save my people
from the east country, and from the west country;
8 And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of
Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God,
in truth and in righteousness.
20 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that
there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities:
21 And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying,
Let us go speedily to pray before the LORD, and to seek the LORD
of hosts: I will go also.
22 Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the
LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD.
23 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come
to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of
the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is
a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God
is with you.
39 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country
with haste, into a city of Juda;
40 And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.
it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of
Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with
the Holy Ghost:
42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art
thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should
come to me?
44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in
mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
45 And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance
of those things which were told her from the Lord.
Ps 139. Domine, probasti.
The First Lesson
1 In the seventh month, in the one and twentieth day of the month,
came the word of the LORD by the prophet Haggai, saying,
2 Speak now to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah,
and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and to the
residue of the people, saying,
3 Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory?
and how do ye see it now? is it not in your eyes in comparison
of it as nothing?
4 Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the LORD; and be strong,
O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all
ye people of the land, saith the LORD, and work: for I am with
you, saith the LORD of hosts:
5 According to the word that I covenanted with you when ye came
out of Egypt, so my spirit remaineth among you: fear ye not.
thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while,
and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and
the dry land;
I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall
come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of
8 The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of
9 The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the
former, saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give
peace, saith the LORD of hosts.
9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the
seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me,
saying, Come hither, I will show thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.
he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain,
and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending
out of heaven from God,
11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone
most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at
the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are
the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
13 On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the
south three gates; and on the west three gates.
14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them
the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the
city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.
16 And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large
as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve
thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height
of it are equal.
17 And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and
four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the
18 And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the
city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.
19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished
with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was
jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth,
20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte;
the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus;
the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.
21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate
was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as
it were transparent glass.
22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and
the Lamb are the temple of it.
23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon,
to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the
Lamb is the light thereof.
24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the
light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory
and honour into it.
25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there
shall be no night there.
26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into
27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth,
neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but
they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.
MORNING PRAYER (Abbreviated Version)
MORNING PRAYER (Full Version)
Ps 144. Benedictus Dominus.
2 Samuel 7:18-29
18 Then went king David in, and sat before the LORD, and he said,
Who am I, O Lord GOD? and what is my house, that thou hast brought
19 And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O Lord GOD; but
thou hast spoken also of thy servant's house for a great while
to come. And is this the manner of man, O Lord GOD?
20 And what can David say more unto thee? for thou, Lord GOD,
knowest thy servant.
21 For thy word's sake, and according to thine own heart, hast
thou done all these great things, to make thy servant know them.
22 Wherefore thou art great, O LORD God: for there is none like
thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all
that we have heard with our ears.
23 And what one nation in the earth is like thy people, even
like Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself,
and to make him a name, and to do for you great things and terrible,
for thy land, before thy people, which thou redeemedst to thee
from Egypt, from the nations and their gods?
24 For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy people Israel to be
a people unto thee for ever: and thou, LORD, art become their
25 And now, O LORD God, the word that thou hast spoken concerning
thy servant, and concerning his house, establish it for ever,
and do as thou hast said.
26 And let thy name be magnified for ever, saying, The LORD of
hosts is the God over Israel: and let the house of thy servant
David be established before thee.
27 For thou, O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to
thy servant, saying, I will build thee an house: therefore hath
thy servant found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee.
28 And now, O Lord GOD, thou art that God, and thy words be true,
and thou hast promised this goodness unto thy servant:
29 Therefore now let it please thee to bless the house of thy
servant, that it may continue for ever before thee: for thou,
O Lord GOD, hast spoken it: and with thy blessing let the house
of thy servant be blessed for ever.
46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for,
behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy
is his name.
his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
51 He hath showed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the
proud in the imagination of their hearts.
52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted
them of low degree.
53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he
hath sent empty away.
54 He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;
55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for
56 And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to
her own house.
Ps 145. Exaltabo te, Deus.
14 Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice
with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.
15 The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine
enemy: the king of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst of
thee: thou shalt not see evil any more.
that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to
Zion, Let not thine hands be slack.
17 The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save,
he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love,
he will joy over thee with singing.
18 I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly,
who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden.
19 Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and
I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven
out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where
they have been put to shame.
20 At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that
I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all
people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your
eyes, saith the LORD.
1 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal,
proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the
river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of
fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of
the tree were for the healing of the nations.
3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and
of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their
5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle,
neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light:
and they shall reign for ever and ever.
6 And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and
the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to show unto
his servants the things which must shortly be done.
7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings
of the prophecy of this book.
8 And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had
heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the
angel which showed me these things.
saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant,
and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the
sayings of this book: worship God.
MORNING PRAYER (Abbreviated Version)
MORNING PRAYER (Full Version)
Ps 147. Laudate Dominum.
1 Samuel 2:1b-10
1 My mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in
2 There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee:
neither is there any rock like our God.
3 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out
of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him
actions are weighed.
4 The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled
are girded with strength.
5 They that were full have hired out themselves for bread; and
they that were hungry ceased: so that the barren hath born seven;
and she that hath many children is waxed feeble.
LORD killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave,
and bringeth up.
7 The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and
8 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the
beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make
them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth
are the LORD's, and he hath set the world upon them.
9 He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be
silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.
The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of
heaven shall he thunder upon them: the LORD shall judge the ends
of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt
the horn of his anointed.
57 Now Elisabeth's full time came that she should be delivered;
and she brought forth a son.
58 And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had
showed great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her.
59 And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise
the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his
60 And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be
61 And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that
is called by this name.
62 And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.
63 And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name
is John. And they marvelled all.
64 And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed,
and he spake, and praised God.
65 And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all
these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country
66 And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts,
saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the hand of the
Lord was with him.
Ps 148. Laudate Dominum.
Ps 150. Laudate Dominum.
5 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto
David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper,
and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely:
and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR
behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that they shall no more
say, The LORD liveth, which brought up the children of Israel
out of the land of Egypt;
The LORD liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the
house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries
whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own
10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy
of this book: for the time is at hand.
11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is
filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let
him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy
12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to
give every man according as his work shall be.
13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first
and the last.
14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have
right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates
into the city.
15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and
murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things
in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and
the bright and morning star.
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth
say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will,
let him take the water of life freely.
18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the
prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things,
God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book
of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book
of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which
are written in this book.
which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
MORNING PRAYER (Abbreviated Version)
MORNING PRAYER (Full Version)
Ps 50. Deus deorum.
36 O Jerusalem, look about thee toward the east, and behold the
joy that cometh unto thee from God.
37 Lo, thy sons come, whom thou sentest away, they come gathered
together from the east to the west by the word of the Holy One,
rejoicing in the glory of God.
off, O Jerusalem, the garment of thy mourning and affliction,
and put on the comeliness of the glory that cometh from God for
2 Cast about thee a double garment of the righteousness which
cometh from God; and set a diadem on thine head of the glory
of the Everlasting.
3 For God will shew thy brightness unto every country under heaven.
4 For thy name shall be called of God for ever The peace of righteousness,
and The glory of God's worship.
5 Arise, O Jerusalem, and stand on high, and look about toward
the east, and behold thy children gathered from the west unto
the east by the word of the Holy One, rejoicing in the remembrance
6 For they departed from thee on foot, and were led away of their
enemies: but God bringeth them unto thee exalted with glory,
as children of the kingdom.
God hath appointed that every high hill, and banks of long continuance,
should be cast down, and valleys filled up, to make even the
ground, that Israel may go safely in the glory of God.
8 Moreover even the woods and every sweetsmelling tree shall
overshadow Israel by the commandment of God.
9 For God shall lead Israel with joy in the light of his glory
with the mercy and righteousness that cometh from him.
67 And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and
68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and
redeemed his people,
69 And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house
of his servant David;
70 As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have
been since the world began:
71 That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand
of all that hate us;
72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember
his holy covenant;
73 The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,
74 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of
the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,
75 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of
76 And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest:
for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his
77 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission
of their sins,
78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring
from on high hath visited us,
79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow
of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
80 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in
the deserts till the day of his showing unto Israel.
Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I
will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD.
11 And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day,
and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee,
and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto
12 And the LORD shall inherit Judah his portion in the holy land,
and shall choose Jerusalem again.
13 Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised
up out of his holy habitation.
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his
mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together,
she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing
to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.
20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of
the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son
of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that
which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS:
for he shall save his people from their sins.
22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was
spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and
they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is,
God with us.
24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the
Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn
son: and he called his name JESUS.