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St. Matthias's Day (24 February) and The Second Sunday in Lent - 2018

Saint Matthias’s Day
(24 February)
Psalm 140
Eripe me, Domine
DELIVER me, O Lord, from the evil man : and preserve me from the wicked man.
2. Who imagine mischief in their hearts : and stir up strife all the day long.
3. They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent : adders’ poison is under their lips.
4. Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the ungodly : preserve me from the wicked men, who are purposed to overthrow my goings.
5. The proud have laid a snare for me, and spread a net abroad with cords : yea, and set traps in my way.
6. I said unto the Lord, Thou art my God : hear the voice of my prayers, O Lord.
7. O Lord God, thou strength of my health : thou hast covered my head in the day of the battle.
8. Let not the ungodly have his desire, O Lord : let not his mischievous imagination prosper, lest they be too proud.
9. Let the mischief of their own lips fall upon the head of them : that compass me about.
10. Let hot burning coals fall upon them : let them be cast into the fire and into the pit, that they never rise up again.
11. A man full of words shall not prosper upon the earth : evil shall hunt the wicked person to overthrow him.
12. Sure I am that the Lord will avenge the poor : and maintain the cause of the helpless.
13. The righteous also shall give thanks unto thy Name : and the just shall continue in thy sight.

The Collect
Almighty God, who into the place of the traitor Judas didst choose thy faithful servant Matthias to be of the number of the twelve Apostles; Grant that thy Church, being alway preserved from false Apostles, may be ordered and guided by faithful and true pastors; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Old Testament Reading: 1 Samuel 2.27-36
Psalter: Psalm 33, 93 | 139
Epistle Reading: Acts 1.15-26
Gospel Reading: St. Matthew 11.25-30


The Second Sunday in Lent.
Jeremiah 31.10-14
Audite verbum Domini
Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, * and declare it in the isles afar off, and say,
He that scattered Israel will gather him, * and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.
For the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, * and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he.
Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, * and shall flow together to the goodness of the LORD,
For wheat, and for wine, and for oil, * and for the young of the flock and of the herd:
And their soul shall be as a watered garden; * and they shall not sorrow any more at all.
Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, * both young men and old together:
For I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, * and make them rejoice from their sorrow.
And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, * and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the LORD.
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 seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

{The Collect from the First Day of Lent is to be read every day in Lent after the Collect appointed for the Day.}

The Collect.
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made and dost forgive the sins of all them that are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins, and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Old Testament Reading: 1 Kings 8.37-43
Psalter: Psalm 6, 38 | 119.33-72
Epistle Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4.1-8
Gospel Reading: St. Matthew 15.21-28

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