The Sunday called Septuagesima, or the third Sunday before Lent.
Exodus 15.1-19, 21
I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously : the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.
The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation : he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him.
The LORD is a man of war : the LORD is his name.
Pharaoh's chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea : his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea.
The depths have covered them : they sank into the bottom as a stone.
Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power : thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy.
And in the greatness of thine excellency thou hast overthrown them that rose up against thee : thou sentest forth thy wrath, which consumed them as stubble.
And with the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as an heap : and the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea.
The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil : my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.
Thou didst blow with thy wind, the sea covered them : they sank as lead in the mighty waters.
Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? : who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?
Thou stretchedst out thy right hand : the earth swallowed them.
Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed : thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation.
The people shall hear, and be afraid : sorrow shall take hold on the inhabitants of Palestina.
Then the dukes of Edom shall be amazed; the mighty men of Moab, trembling shall take hold upon them : all the inhabitants of Canaan shall melt away.
Fear and dread shall fall upon them: by the greatness of thine arm they shall be as still as a stone;
till thy people pass over, O LORD : till the people pass over, which thou hast purchased.
Thou shalt bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance : in the place, O LORD, which thou hast made for thee to dwell in,
in the Sanctuary, O Lord, which thy hands have established : The LORD shall reign for ever and ever.
For the horse of Pharaoh went in with his chariots and with his horsemen into the sea : and the LORD brought again the waters of the sea upon them;
but the children of Israel went on dry land : in the midst of the sea.
Sing ye to the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously : the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.
O LORD, we beseech thee favourably to hear the prayers of thy people; that we, who are justly punished for our offences, may be mercifully delivered by thy goodness, for the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
Old Testament Reading: Joshua 1.1-9
Psalter: Psalm 8, 148 | 104
Epistle Reading:1 Corinthians 9.24-27
Gospel Reading: St. Matthew 20.1-16
Note: The Canticle for today is Exodus 15, the song of Moses and Miriam after crossing the Red Sea. I got the idea from the Brotherhood Prayer Book, but tweaked it a little. This is the canticle that is supposed to be lingering in the backs of our minds when we come upon the song of Moses and the Lamb in Revelation 15.1-4.
The presentation of Christ in the temple, commonly called the Purification of Saint Mary the Virgin
BEHOLD now, praise the Lord : all ye servants of the Lord;
2. Ye that by night stand in the house of the Lord : even in the courts of the house of our God.
3. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary : and praise the Lord.
4. The Lord that made heaven and earth : give thee blessing out of Sion.
Almighty and everliving God, we humbly beseech thy Majesty, that, as thy only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple in substance of our flesh, so we may be presented unto thee with pure and clean hearts, by the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Old Testament Reading: Malachi 3.1-5
Psalter: Psalm 84
Epistle Reading: Galatians 1.1-24
Gospel Reading: St. Luke 2.22-40