The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
Psalm 135. Laudate Nomen.
O PRAISE the Lord, laud ye the Name of the Lord; * praise it, O ye servants of the Lord;
2 Ye that stand in the house of the Lord, * in the courts of the house of our God.
3 O praise the Lord, for the Lord is gracious; * O sing praises unto his Name, for it is lovely.
4 For why? the Lord hath chosen Jacob unto himself, * and Israel for his own possession.
5 For I know that the Lord is great, * and that our Lord is above all gods.
6 Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth; * and in the sea, and in all deep places.
7 He bringeth forth the clouds from the ends of the world, * and sendeth forth lightnings with the rain, bringing the winds out of his treasuries.
8 He smote the firstborn of Egypt, * both of man and beast.
9 He hath sent tokens and wonders into the midst of thee, O thou land of Egypt; * upon Pharaoh, and all his servants.
10 He smote divers nations, * and slew mighty kings:
11 Sihon, king of the Amorites; and Og, the king of Bashan; * and all the kingdoms of Canaan;
12 And gave their land to be an heritage, * even an heritage unto Israel his people.
13 Thy Name, O Lord, endureth for ever; * so doth thy memorial, O Lord, from one generation to another.
14 For the Lord will avenge his people, * and be gracious unto his servants.
15 As for the images of the heathen, they are but silver and gold; * the work of men’s hands.
16 They have mouths, and speak not; * eyes have they, but they see not.
17 They have ears, and yet they hear not; * neither is there any breath in their mouths.
18 They that make them are like unto them; * and so are all they that put their trust in them.
19 Praise the Lord, ye house of Israel; * praise the Lord, ye house of Aaron.
20 Praise the Lord, ye house of Levi; * ye that fear the Lord, praise the Lord.
21 Praised be the Lord out of Sion, * who dwelleth at Jerusalem.
Glory be to the Father, &c.
As it was in the beginning, &c.
O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Old Testament Reading: Habakkuk 1.12-2.14
Psalter: Psalm 112
Epistle Reading: Colossians 3.12-17
Gospel Reading: St. Matthew 13.24-30