Thursday, September 29, 2016

Morning Prayer Readings Michaelmas

The Psalter

Psalm 8

The Eighth Psalm

Domine, Dominus noster.

O LORD our Governor, how excellent is thy Name in all the world; * thou that hast set thy glory above the heavens!
 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.
 When I consider thy heavens, even the work of thy fingers; * the moon and the stars which thou hast ordained;
 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? * and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
 Thou madest him lower than the angels, * to crown him with glory and worship.
 Thou makest him to have dominion of the works of thy hands; * and thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet:
 All sheep and oxen; * yea, and the beasts of the field;
 The fowls of the air, and the fishes of the sea; * and whatsoever walketh through the paths of the seas.
 O LORD our Governor, * how excellent is thy Name in all the world!

Psalm 91

The Ninety-First Psalm

Qui habitat.

WHOSO dwelleth under the defence of the Most High, * shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
 I will say unto the LORD, Thou art my hope, and my stronghold; * my God, in him will I trust.
 For he shall deliver thee from the snare of the hunter, * and from the noisome pestilence.
 He shall defend thee under his wings, and thou shalt be safe under his feathers; * his faithfulness and truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
 Thou shalt not be afraid for any terror by night, * nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
 For the pestilence that walketh in darkness, * nor for the sickness that destroyeth in the noon-day.
 A thousand shall fall beside thee, and ten thousand at thy right hand; * but it shall not come nigh thee.
 Yea, with thine eyes shalt thou behold, * and see the reward of the ungodly.
 For thou, LORD, art my hope; * thou hast set thine house of defence very high.
 There shall no evil happen unto thee, * neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, * to keep thee in all thy ways.
 They shall bear thee in their hands, * that thou hurt not thy foot against a stone.
 Thou shalt go upon the lion and adder: * the young lion and the dragon shalt thou tread under thy feet.
 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him; * I will set him up, because he hath known my Name.
 He shall call upon me, and I will hear him; * yea, I am with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and bring him to honour.
 With long life will I satisfy him, * and show him my salvation.

The First Lesson

Job 38:1-7

Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

The Second Lesson

Hebrews 1:13 - 2:10

But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation? Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will? For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

The Collect

ALMIGHTY God, the fountain of all wisdom, who knowest our necessities before we ask, and our ignorance in asking; We beseech thee to have compassion upon our infirmities; and those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask, vouchsafe to give us, for the worthiness of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

St. Michael and All Angels

O EVERLASTING God, who hast ordained and constituted the services of Angels and men in a wonderful order; Mercifully grant that, as thy holy Angels always do thee service in heaven, so, by thy appointment, they may succour and defend us on earth; through Jesus Christ or Lord. Amen.

Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity

LORD, we beseech thee, grant thy people grace to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil; and with pure hearts and minds to follow thee, the only God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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