Tuesday after the Fourth Sunday in Lent

The Collect of the Day

Fourth Sunday in Lent

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Thomas Ken

Almighty God, you gave your servant Thomas Ken grace and courage to bear witness to the truth before rulers and kings: Give us strength also that we may constantly defend what is right, boldly reprove what is evil, and patiently suffer for the truth’s sake; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, 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.



Dominus regnavitBCP p. 726

1The Lord is King; let the earth rejoice; *let the multitude of the isles be glad.

2Clouds and darkness are round about him, *righteousness and justice are the foundations of his throne.

3A fire goes before him *and burns up his enemies on every side.

4His lightnings light up the world; *the earth sees it and is afraid.

5The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord, *at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

6The heavens declare his righteousness, *and all the peoples see his glory.

7Confounded be all who worship carved images and delight in false gods! *Bow down before him, all you gods.

8Zion hears and is glad, and the cities of Judah rejoice, *because of your judgments, O Lord.

9For you are the Lord, most high over all the earth; *you are exalted far above all gods.

10The Lord loves those who hate evil; *he preserves the lives of his saints and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

11Light has sprung up for the righteous, *and joyful gladness for those who are truehearted.

12Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous, *and give thanks to his holy Name.


Dominus regnavitBCP p. 728

1The Lord is King; let the people tremble; *he is enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth shake.

2The Lord is great in Zion; *he is high above all peoples.

3Let them confess his Name, which is great and awesome; *he is the Holy One.

4“O mighty King, lover of justice, you have established equity; *you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.”

5Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God and fall down before his footstool; *he is the Holy One.

6Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among those who call upon his Name, *they called upon the Lord, and he answered them.

7He spoke to them out of the pillar of cloud; *they kept his testimonies and the decree that he gave them.

8“O Lord our God, you answered them indeed; *you were a God who forgave them, yet punished them for their evil deeds.”

9Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God and worship him upon his holy hill; *for the Lord our God is the Holy One.


Jubilate DeoBCP p. 729

1Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; *serve the Lord with gladness and come before his presence with a song.

2Know this: The Lord himself is God; *he himself has made us, and we are his; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

3Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise; *give thanks to him and call upon his Name.

4For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; *and his faithfulness endures from age to age.

Daily Office Readings

Jeremiah 17:19-27

A Reading from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah.

19 Thus said the Lord to me: Go and stand in the People’s Gate, by which the kings of Judah enter and by which they go out, and in all the gates of Jerusalem, 20 and say to them: Hear the word of the Lord, you kings of Judah, and all Judah, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, who enter by these gates. 21 Thus says the Lord: For the sake of your lives, take care that you do not bear a burden on the sabbath day or bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem. 22 And do not carry a burden out of your houses on the sabbath or do any work, but keep the sabbath day holy, as I commanded your ancestors. 23 Yet they did not listen or incline their ear; they stiffened their necks and would not hear or receive instruction. 24 But if you listen to me, says the Lord, and bring in no burden by the gates of this city on the sabbath day, but keep the sabbath day holy and do no work on it, 25 then there shall enter by the gates of this city kings who sit on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they and their officials, the people of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and this city shall be inhabited forever. 26 And people shall come from the towns of Judah and the places around Jerusalem, from the land of Benjamin, from the Shephelah, from the hill country, and from the Negeb, bringing burnt offerings and sacrifices, grain offerings and frankincense, and bringing thank offerings to the house of the Lord. 27 But if you do not listen to me, to keep the sabbath day holy, and to carry in no burden through the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath day, then I will kindle a fire in its gates; it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem and shall not be quenched.

Rom. 7:13-25

13 Did what is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, working death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure. 14 For we know that the law is spiritual; but I am of the flesh, sold into slavery under sin. 15 I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. 17 But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. 21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. 22 For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, 23 but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with my mind I am a slave to the law of God, but with my flesh I am a slave to the law of sin.

John 6:16-27

A Reading from the Gospel According to John.

16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, 17 got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18 The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” 21 Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land toward which they were going. 22 The next day the crowd that had stayed on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there. They also saw that Jesus had not got into the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. 23 Then some boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24 So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus. 25 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 26 Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27 Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.”