Readings

Thursday after the Second Sunday in Lent

    The Collect of the Day

    Second Sunday in Lent

    O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

    Ash Wednesday

    Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

    Psalms

    70

    Deus, in adjutoriumBCP p. 682

    1Be pleased, O God, to deliver me; *O Lord, make haste to help me.

    2Let those who seek my life be ashamed and altogether dismayed; *let those who take pleasure in my misfortune draw back and be disgraced.

    3Let those who say to me “Aha!” and gloat over me turn back, *because they are ashamed.

    4Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; *let those who love your salvation say for ever, “Great is the Lord!”

    5But as for me, I am poor and needy; *come to me speedily, O God.

    6You are my helper and my deliverer; *O Lord, do not tarry.

    71

    In te, Domine, speraviBCP p. 683

    1In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge; *let me never be ashamed.

    2In your righteousness, deliver me and set me free; *incline your ear to me and save me.

    3Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe; *you are my crag and my stronghold.

    4Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked, *from the clutches of the evildoer and the oppressor.

    5For you are my hope, O Lord God, *my confidence since I was young.

    6I have been sustained by you ever since I was born; from my mother’s womb you have been my strength; *my praise shall be always of you.

    7I have become a portent to many; *but you are my refuge and my strength.

    8Let my mouth be full of your praise *and your glory all the day long.

    9Do not cast me off in my old age; *forsake me not when my strength fails.

    10For my enemies are talking against me, *and those who lie in wait for my life take counsel together.

    11They say, “God has forsaken him; go after him and seize him; *because there is none who will save.”

    12O God, be not far from me; *come quickly to help me, O my God.

    13Let those who set themselves against me be put to shame and be disgraced; *let those who seek to do me evil be covered with scorn and reproach.

    14But I shall always wait in patience, *and shall praise you more and more.

    15My mouth shall recount your mighty acts and saving deeds all day long; *though I cannot know the number of them.

    16I will begin with the mighty works of the Lord God; *I will recall your righteousness, yours alone.

    17O God, you have taught me since I was young, *and to this day I tell of your wonderful works.

    18And now that I am old and gray-headed, O God, do not forsake me, *till I make known your strength to this generation and your power to all who are to come.

    19Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the heavens; *you have done great things; who is like you, O God?

    20You have showed me great troubles and adversities, *but you will restore my life and bring me up again from the deep places of the earth.

    21You strengthen me more and more; *you enfold and comfort me,

    22Therefore I will praise you upon the lyre for your faithfulness, O my God; *I will sing to you with the harp, O Holy One of Israel.

    23My lips will sing with joy when I play to you, *and so will my soul, which you have redeemed.

    24My tongue will proclaim your righteousness all day long, *for they are ashamed and disgraced who sought to do me harm.

    Daily Office Readings

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    Mark 4:21-34

    21 He said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under the bushel basket, or under the bed, and not on the lampstand? 22 For there is nothing hidden, except to be disclosed; nor is anything secret, except to come to light. 23 Let anyone with ears to hear listen!” 24 And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you. 25 For to those who have, more will be given; and from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.” 26 He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27 and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28 The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.” 30 He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.” 33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; 34 he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

    1 Cor. 6:12-30

    12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are beneficial. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. 13 “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food,” and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is meant not for fornication but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 And God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Should I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! 16 Do you not know that whoever is united to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For it is said, “The two shall be one flesh.” 17 But anyone united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. 18 Shun fornication! Every sin that a person commits is outside the body; but the fornicator sins against the body itself. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20 For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.

    Gen. 42:29-38

    29 When they came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan, they told him all that had happened to them, saying, 30 “The man, the lord of the land, spoke harshly to us, and charged us with spying on the land. 31 But we said to him, ‘We are honest men, we are not spies. 32 We are twelve brothers, sons of our father; one is no more, and the youngest is now with our father in the land of Canaan.’ 33 Then the man, the lord of the land, said to us, ‘By this I shall know that you are honest men: leave one of your brothers with me, take grain for the famine of your households, and go your way. 34 Bring your youngest brother to me, and I shall know that you are not spies but honest men. Then I will release your brother to you, and you may trade in the land.’” 35 As they were emptying their sacks, there in each one’s sack was his bag of money. When they and their father saw their bundles of money, they were dismayed. 36 And their father Jacob said to them, “I am the one you have bereaved of children: Joseph is no more, and Simeon is no more, and now you would take Benjamin. All this has happened to me!” 37 Then Reuben said to his father, “You may kill my two sons if I do not bring him back to you. Put him in my hands, and I will bring him back to you.” 38 But he said, “My son shall not go down with you, for his brother is dead, and he alone is left. If harm should come to him on the journey that you are to make, you would bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to Sheol.”