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2018/05/19

Whit-Sunday and Whit-Sunday Week (Monday, Tuesday and Embers) - 2018



Whit-Sunday.
Veni, Creator Spiritus

Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire, * And lighten with celestial fire.
Thou the anointing Spirit art, * Who dost thy sevenfold gifts impart.
Thy blessed unction from above, * Is comfort, life, and fire of love.
Enable with perpetual light  * The dulness of our blinded sight.
Anoint and cheer our soiled face  * With the abundance of thy grace.
Keep far our foes, give peace at home; * Where thou art guide, no ill can come.
Teach us to know the Father, Son, * And thee, of both, to be but One;
That, through the ages all along, * This may be our endless song:
Praise to thy eternal merit, * Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The Collect.
GOD, who as at this time didst teach the hearts of thy faithful people, by the sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit; Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

Old Testament Reading: Joel 2.28-31
Psalter: Psalm 48, 68 | 104, 145
Epistle Reading: Acts 2.1-11
Gospel Reading: St. John 14.15-31


Monday in Whitsun-Week.

Same Collect for Sunday along with this one added in the 1928 BCP:
Send, we beseech thee, Almighty God, thy Holy Spirit into our hearts, that he may direct and rule us according to thy will, comfort us in all our afflictions, defend us from all error, and lead us into all truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the same Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, world without end. Amen.

Old Testament Reading: Jeremiah 31.31-34
Psalter: Psalm 139
Epistle Reading: Acts 10.34-48
Gospel Reading: St. John 3.16-21



Tuesday in Whitsun-Week.

Same Collect for Sunday along with this one added in the 1928 BCP:
GRANT, we beseech thee, merciful God, that thy Church, being gathered together in unity by thy Holy Spirit, may manifest thy power among all peoples, to the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

Psalter: Psalm 148
Epistle Reading: Acts 8.14-17
Gospel Reading: St. John 10.1-10


Pentecost Ember Days

Readings for Pentecost Ember Days(Wednesday, Friday and Saturday): http://orderofcenturions.org/documents/ember_pentecost.html

ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, who hast purchased to thyself an universal Church by the precious blood of thy dear Son; Mercifully look upon the same, and at this time so guide and govern the minds of thy servants the Bishops and Pastors of thy flock, that they may lay hands suddenly on no man, but faithfully and wisely make choice of fit persons, to serve in the sacred Ministry of thy Church. And to those which shall be ordained to any holy function, give thy grace and heavenly benediction; that both by their life and doctrine they may show forth thy glory, and set forward the salvation of all men; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Or this.
ALMIGHTY God, the giver of all good gifts, who of thy divine providence hast appointed divers Orders in thy Church; Give thy grace, we humbly beseech thee, to all those who are to be called to any office and administration in the same; and so replenish them with the truth of thy doctrine, and endue them with innocency of life, that they may faithfully serve before thee, to the glory of thy great Name, and the benefit of thy holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

2018/05/11

Sunday after Ascension Day - 2018



Sunday after Ascension-Day.
Ephesians 3.14-21
Flecto genua mea
I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, * of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, * to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; * that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
May be able to comprehend with all saints * what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, * that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, * according to the power that worketh in us,
Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus * throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

The Collect.
O GOD the King of glory, who hast exalted thine only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph unto thy kingdom in heaven; We beseech thee, leave us not comfortless; but send to us thine Holy Ghost to comfort us, and exalt us unto the same place whither our Saviour Christ is gone before, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 65.17-25
Psalter: Psalm 108, 110 | 46, 47
Epistle Reading: 1 Peter 4.7-11
Gospel Reading: St. John 15.26-16.4


2018/05/10

The Ascension - 2018



The Ascension-Day.
Psalm 8
Domine, Dominus noster
O LORD our Governor, how excellent is thy Name in all the world : thou hast set thy glory above the heavens!
2. Out of the mouth of very babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength, because of thine enemies : that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
3. For I will consider thy heavens, even the works of thy fingers : the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained.
4. What is man, that thou art mindful of him : and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
5. Thou madest him lower than the angels : to crown him with glory and worship.
6. Thou makest him to have dominion of the works of thy hands : and thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet;
7. All sheep and oxen : yea, and the beasts of the field;
8. The fowls of the air, and the fishes of the sea : and whatsoever walketh through the paths of the seas.
9. O Lord our Governor : how excellent is thy Name in all the world!

The Collect.
GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that like as we do believe thy only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into the heavens; so we may also in heart and mind thither ascend, and with him continually dwell, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

Old Testament Reading: Daniel 7.9-14
Psalter: Psalm 96
Epistle Reading: Acts 1.1-11
Gospel Reading: St. Luke 24.49-53


Personal: This morning in my time of reading and praying, this prayer came about. It incorporates the Westminster Shorter Catechism:


Christ has risen! Christ ascended! Christ reigns!

You ascended into heaven; * God and man in two distinct natures and one person, forever (WSC 21)!

You ascended into heaven, having finished the race, and have sat down at the right hand of the throne on high; * God and man in two distinct natures and one person, forever!

You ascended into heaven to be our perpetual prophet, revealing to us, by your word and Spirit, the will of God for our salvation (WSC 24); * God and man in two distinct natures and one person, forever!

You ascended into heaven to be our permanent priest, after having once offering up yourself a sacrifice to satisfy divine justice, reconciling us to God, and now in making continual intercession for us (WSC 25); * God and man in two distinct natures and one person, forever!

You ascended into heaven to be our constant king, in subduing us to yourself, in ruling and defending us, and in restraining and conquering all your and our enemies (WSC 26); * God and man in two distinct natures and one person, forever!

Glory be to you, O Christ, ascended into heaven; * God and man in two distinct natures and one person, forever!

2018/05/04

Fifth Sunday after Easter and Rogation Days - 2018



The Fifth Sunday after Easter (or Rogation Sunday).
Jeremiah 17.5-10, 14
Hæc dicit Dominus
Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, * and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.
For he shall be like the heath in the desert, * and shall not see when good cometh;
But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, * in a salt land and not inhabited.
Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, * and whose hope the LORD is.
For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, * and that spreadeth out her roots by the river,
And shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; * and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: * who can know it?
I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, * even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: * for thou art my praise.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.


The Collect.
O LORD, from whom all good things do come; Grant to us thy humble servants, that by thy holy inspiration we may think those things that be good, and by thy merciful guiding may perform the same; through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 1.10-20
Psalter: Psalm 146, 147 | 132, 133, 134
Epistle Reading: James 1.22-27
Gospel Reading: St. John 16.23-33


The Rogation Days
Being the Three Days before Ascension Day

ALMIGHTY God, Lord of heaven and earth; We beseech thee to pour forth thy blessing upon this land, and to give us a fruitful season; that we, constantly receiving thy bounty, may evermore give thanks unto thee in thy holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Monday AM: Psalm 104. 1st Lesson – Deuteronomy 8.1-11, 17-20. 2nd Lesson – Matthew 5.5-15.
Monday PM: Psalm 34. 1st Lesson – Deuteronomy 28.1-14. 2nd Lesson – James 1.1-17

Tuesday AM: Psalm 80. 1st Lesson – Deuteronomy 11.10-17. 2nd Lesson – Matthew 6.24-34
Tuesday PM: Psalm 65, 67. 1st Lesson – 1 Kings 8.22-30. 2nd Lesson – James 4.8-17

Wednesday AM: Psalm 144. 1st Lesson – Jeremiah 14.1-9. 2nd Lesson – 1 John 5.5-15
Wednesday PM: Psalm 93, 99. 1st Lesson – Isaiah 11.1-5. 2nd Lesson – Luke 24.44-48

A modern custom for Rogation Days has been to focus prayers and actions toward charity to help feed poor folk. On this page we have provided three ways to do that: http://orderofcenturions.org/documents/rogation.html

2018/04/27

Fourth Sunday after Easter and Sts. Phillip and James (1 May) - 2018


The Fourth Sunday after Easter.
Ephesians 1.3-14
Benedictus Deus et Pater Domini nostri Iesu Christi
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, * who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, * that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, * according to the good pleasure of his will,
To the praise of the glory of his grace, * wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
In whom we have redemption through his blood, * the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Wherein he hath abounded toward us * in all wisdom and prudence;
Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, * according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
That in the dispensation of the fulness of times * he might gather together in one all things in Christ,
Both which are in heaven, * and which are on earth; even in him:
In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, *being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
That we should be to the praise of his glory, * who first trusted in Christ.
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, * the gospel of your salvation:
In whom also after that ye believed, * ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, * unto the praise of his glory.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.

The Collect.
O ALMIGHTY God, who alone canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men; Grant unto thy people, that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise; that so, among the sundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed, where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Old Testament Reading: Ezekiel 39.21-29
Psalter: Psalm 126, 127, 128 | 129, 130, 131
Epistle Reading: James 1.17-21
Gospel Reading: St. John 16.5-15


Personal: Here’s a devotion I wrote recently “The Righteous Shall Live by His Faith” and it is primarily about Habakkuk 3.17-19a: http://mphilliber.blogspot.com/2018/04/the-righteous-shall-live-by-his-faith.html

Saint Phillip and Saint James - Apostles
May 1

The Collect
O ALMIGHTY God, whom truly to know is everlasting life; Grant us perfectly to know thy Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life; that, following the steps of thy holy Apostles, Saint Philip and Saint James, we may stedfastly walk in the way that leadeth to eternal life; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Epistle Reading: James 1.1-12
Gospel Reading: John 14.1-14

Homily: http://orderofcenturions.org/documents/philip_james.html#firstpart

2018/04/20

Third Sunday after Easter and St. Mark the Evangelist (25 April) - 2018



The Third Sunday after Easter.
Philippians 2.5-16
Hoc enim sentite in vobis
Let this mind be in you, * which was also in Christ Jesus:
Who, being in the form of God, * thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, * and was made in the likeness of men:
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, * and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, * and given him a name which is above every name:
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, * of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, * to the glory of God the Father.
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, * not as in my presence only,
But now much more in my absence, * work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
For it is God which worketh in you * both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Do all things without murmurings and disputings: * That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke,
In the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, * among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
Holding forth the word of life; * that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.

The Collect.
ALMIGHTY God, who shewest to them that be in error the light of thy truth, to the intent that they may return into the way of righteousness; Grant unto all them that are admitted into the fellowship of Christ’s Religion, that they may eschew those things that are contrary to their profession, and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same; through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Old Testament Reading: 1 Samuel 2.1b-10
Psalter: Psalm 120, 121, 122 | 123, 124, 125
Epistle Reading: 1 Peter 2.11-17
Gospel Reading: St. John 16.16-24


Saint Mark the Evangelist
[25 April]

O ALMIGHTY God, who hast instructed thy holy Church with the heavenly doctrine of thy Evangelist Saint Mark; Give us grace that, being not like children carried away with every blast of vain doctrine, we may be established in the truth of thy holy Gospel; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Epistle Reading:  Ephesians 4.7-16
Gospel Reading: John 15.1-11

Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen” (2 Peter 3.14-18).

2018/04/14

Second Sunday after Easter - 2018



The Second Sunday after Easter.
Isaiah 42:5-10
Haec dicit Dominus Deus
Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; * he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it;
He that giveth breath unto the people upon it, * and spirit to them that walk therein:
I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, * and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;
To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, * and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.
am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, * neither my praise to graven images.
Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: * before they spring forth I tell you of them.
Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, * ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.

The Collect.
ALMIGHTY God, who has given thine only Son to be unto us both a sacrifice for sin, and also an ensample of godly life; Give us grace that we may always most thankfully receive that his inestimable benefit, and also daily endeavour ourselves to follow the blessed steps of his most holy life; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

God, who by the humiliation of Thy Son didst raise up the fallen world: grant unto Thy faithful ones perpetual gladness, and those whom Thou hast delivered from the dangers of everlasting death do Thou make partakers of eternal joys; through the same, Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost: ever one God, world without end. Amen (Brotherhood Prayer Book).

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 40.1-11
Psalter: Psalm 21, 23 | 116, 117
Epistle Reading: 1 Peter 2.19-25
Gospel Reading: St. John 10.11-16


Personal: Here’s my review of a wonderful book on the Lord’s Supper: http://mphilliber.blogspot.com/2018/04/remembrance-communion-and-hope-by-j.html

2018/04/06

First Sunday after Easter - 2018


The First Sunday after Easter.
Hosea 6.1-3
In tribulatione sua mane
Come, and let us return unto the LORD: * for he hath torn, and he will heal us;
He hath smitten, * and he will bind us up.
After two days will he revive us: * in the third day he will raise us up,
And we shall live in his sight. * Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD:
His going forth is prepared as the morning; * and he shall come unto us as the rain,
As the latter * and former rain unto the earth.

The Collect.
ALMIGHTY Father, who has given thine only Son to die for our sins, and to rise again for our justification; Grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness, that we may always serve thee in pureness of living and truth; through the merits of the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Grant, we beseech Thee, Almighty God: that we who have celebrated the solemnities of the Lord’s resurrection, may, by the help of Thy grace bring forth the fruits thereof in our life and conversation; through the same, Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost: ever one God, world without end. Amen (Brotherhood Prayer Book).

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 43.1-12
Psalter: Psalm 110, 111 | 2, 57
Epistle Reading: 1 John 5.4-12
Gospel Reading: St. John 20.19-23

Homily: http://orderofcenturions.org/documents/easter1_09.html

2018/03/31

Easter Day (along with Monday and Tuesday) - 2018

(The first line is Arabic: Al Massihu Qam! Haqqan Qam! The third line is Greek: Christos Anesti! Aletheos Avesti! Both declare the middle line)

Easter-Day.

{For Easter Vigil: http://orderofcenturions.org/easter.html}

{At Morning Prayer, instead of the Psalm, O come, let us sing, &c. these Anthems shall be sung or said.}

CHRIST our passover is sacrificed for us : therefore let us keep the feast; Not with the old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness : but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 1 Cor. v. 7
Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more : death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once : but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin : but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Rom. vi. 9
Christ is risen from the dead : and become the first-fruits of them that slept. For since by man came death : by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die : even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 1 Cor. xv. 20.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.

The Collect.
ALMIGHTY God, who through thine only-begotten Son Jesus Christ hast overcome death and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life; We humbly beseech thee, that as by thy special grace preventing us thou dost put into our minds good desires, so by thy continual help we may bring the same to good effect; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 25.1-9
Psalter: Psalm 2, 57, 111 | 113, 116, 117
Epistle Reading: Colossians 3.1-7
Gospel Reading: St. John 20.1-10

St. Athanasius: “For that death is destroyed, and that the Cross is become the victory over it, and that it has no more power but is verily dead, this is no small proof, or rather an evident warrant, that it is despised by all Christ’s disciples, and that they all take the aggressive against it and no longer fear it; but by the sign of the Cross and by faith in Christ tread it down as dead. For of old, before the divine sojourn of the Saviour took place, even to the saints death was terrible, and all wept for the dead as though they perished. But now that the Saviour has raised His body, death is no longer terrible; for all who believe in Christ tread him under as nought, and choose rather to die than to deny their faith in Christ. For they verily know that when they die they are not destroyed, but actually [begin to] live, and become incorruptible through the Resurrection. And that devil that once maliciously exulted in death, now that its pains were loosed, remained the only one truly dead. And a proof of this is, that before men believe Christ, they see in death an object of terror, and play the coward before him. But when they are gone over to Christ’s faith and teaching, their contempt for death is so great that they even eagerly rush upon it, and become witnesses for the Resurrection the Saviour has accomplished against it. For while still tender in years they make haste to die, and not men only, but women also, exercise themselves by bodily discipline against it. So weak has he become, that even women who were formerly deceived by him, now mock at him as dead and paralyzed. For as when a tyrant has been defeated by a real king, and bound hand and foot, then all that pass by laugh him to scorn, buffeting and reviling him, no longer fearing his fury and barbarity, because of the king who has conquered him; so also, death having been conquered and exposed by the Saviour on the Cross, and bound hand and foot, all they who are in Christ, as they pass by,
trample on him, and witnessing to Christ scoff at death, jesting at him, and saying what has been written against him of old: “O death, where is thy victory? O grave, where is thy sting”” (“The Incarnation of the Word, Para. 27).
  
Monday in Easter-Week.
Psalm 62
Nonne Deo?
MY SOUL truly waiteth still upon God : for of him cometh my salvation.
2. He verily is my strength and my salvation : he is my defence, so that I shall not greatly fall.
3. How long will ye imagine mischief against every man : ye shall be slain all the sort of you; yea, as a tottering wall shall ye be, and like a broken hedge.
4. Their device is only how to put him out whom God will exalt : their delight is in lies; they give good words with their mouth, but curse with their heart.
5. Nevertheless, my soul, wait thou still upon God : for my hope is in him.
6. He truly is my strength and my salvation : he is my defence, so that I shall not fall.
7. In God is my health, and my glory : the rock of my might, and in God is my trust.
8. O put your trust in him alway, ye people : pour out your hearts before him, for God is our hope.
9. As for the children of men, they are but vanity : the children of men are deceitful upon the weights, they are altogether lighter than vanity itself.
10. O trust not in wrong and robbery, give not yourselves unto vanity : if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.
11. God spake once, and twice I have also heard the same : that power belongeth unto God;
12. And that thou, Lord, art merciful : for thou rewardest every man according to his work.

The Collect.
ALMIGHTY God, who through thy only-begotten Son Jesus Christ hast overcome death, and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life; We humbly beseech thee, that, as by thy special grace preventing us thou dost put into our minds good desires, so by thy continual help we may bring the same to good effect; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

For the Epistle: Acts 10.34-43
Gospel Reading: St. Luke 24.13-35

Tuesday in Easter-Week.
Psalm 113
Laudate, pueri
PRAISE the Lord, ye servants : O praise the Name of the Lord.
2. Blessed be the Name of the Lord : from this time forth for evermore.
3. The Lord’s Name is praised : from the rising up of the sun unto the going down of the same.
4. The Lord is high above all heathen and his glory above the heavens.
5. Who is like unto the Lord our God, that hath his dwelling so high : and yet humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven and earth?
6. He taketh up the simple out of the dust : and lifteth the poor out of the mire;
7. That he may set him with the princes : even with the princes of his people.
8. He maketh the barren woman to keep house : and to be a joyful mother of children.

The Collect.
ALMIGHTY God, who through thine only-begotten Son Jesus Christ hast overcome death and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life; We humbly beseech thee, that as by thy special grace preventing us thou dost put into our minds good desires, so by thy continual help we may bring the same to good effect; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

{***Collect from the 1542 BCP for Tuesday in Easter-Week: ALMYGHTY father, whiche haste geven thy only sonne to dye for our synnes, and to ryse agayne for oure justificacion; Graunt us so to put awaye the leven of malyce and wyckednes, that we maye alwaye serve thee in purenes of lyvynge and truth; through Jesus Christe oure Lorde. }

For the Epistle: Acts 13.26-41
Gospel Reading: St. Luke 24.36-48