Readings

Friday after the Seventh Sunday of Easter

The Collect of the Day

Seventh Sunday of Easter: The Sunday after Ascension Day

O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Augustine

O Lord our God, who by your Son Jesus Christ called your servant Augustine to preach the Gospel to the English people: We pray that all whom you call and send may do your will, bide your time, and see your glory; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Psalms

102

Domine, exaudiBCP p. 731

1Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come before you; *hide not your face from me in the day of my trouble.

2Incline your ear to me; *when I call, make haste to answer me,

3For my days drift away like smoke, *and my bones are hot as burning coals.

4My heart is smitten like grass and withered, *so that I forget to eat my bread.

5Because of the voice of my groaning *I am but skin and bones.

6I have become like a vulture in the wilderness, *like an owl among the ruins.

7I lie awake and groan; *I am like a sparrow, lonely on a house-top.

8My enemies revile me all day long, *and those who scoff at me have taken an oath against me.

9For I have eaten ashes for bread *and mingled my drink with weeping.

10Because of your indignation and wrath *you have lifted me up and thrown me away.

11My days pass away like a shadow, *and I wither like the grass.

12But you, O Lord, endure for ever, *and your Name from age to age.

13You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to have mercy upon her; *indeed, the appointed time has come.

14For your servants love her very rubble, *and are moved to pity even for her dust.

15The nations shall fear your Name, O Lord, *and all the kings of the earth your glory.

16For the Lord will build up Zion, *and his glory will appear.

17He will look with favor on the prayer of the homeless; *he will not despise their plea.

18Let this be written for a future generation, *so that a people yet unborn may praise the Lord.

19For the Lord looked down from his holy place on high; *from the heavens he beheld the earth;

20That he might hear the groan of the captive *and set free those condemned to die;

21That they may declare in Zion the Name of the Lord, *and his praise in Jerusalem;

22When the peoples are gathered together, *and the kingdoms also, to serve the Lord.

23He has brought down my strength before my time; *he has shortened the number of my days;

24And I said, “O my God, do not take me away in the midst of my days; *your years endure throughout all generations.

25In the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, *and the heavens are the work of your hands;

26They shall perish, but you will endure; they all shall wear out like a garment; *as clothing you will change them, and they shall be changed;

27But you are always the same, *and your years will never end.

28The children of your servants shall continue, *and their offspring shall stand fast in your sight.”

Daily Office Readings

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Heb. 8:1-13

1 Now the main point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, 2 a minister in the sanctuary and the true tent that the Lord, and not any mortal, has set up. 3 For every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices; hence it is necessary for this priest also to have something to offer. 4 Now if he were on earth, he would not be a priest at all, since there are priests who offer gifts according to the law. 5 They offer worship in a sanctuary that is a sketch and shadow of the heavenly one; for Moses, when he was about to erect the tent, was warned, “See that you make everything according to the pattern that was shown you on the mountain.” 6 But Jesus has now obtained a more excellent ministry, and to that degree he is the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted through better promises. 7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no need to look for a second one. 8 God finds fault with them when he says: “The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah; 9 not like the covenant that I made with their ancestors, on the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; for they did not continue in my covenant, and so I had no concern for them, says the Lord. 10 This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 11 And they shall not teach one another or say to each other, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. 12 For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.” 13 In speaking of “a new covenant,” he has made the first one obsolete. And what is obsolete and growing old will soon disappear.

Luke 10:38-42

38 Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. 40 But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; 42 there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”

Ezek. 34:17-31

17 As for you, my flock, thus says the Lord God: I shall judge between sheep and sheep, between rams and goats: 18 Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture, but you must tread down with your feet the rest of your pasture? When you drink of clear water, must you foul the rest with your feet? 19 And must my sheep eat what you have trodden with your feet, and drink what you have fouled with your feet? 20 Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them: I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. 21 Because you pushed with flank and shoulder, and butted at all the weak animals with your horns until you scattered them far and wide, 22 I will save my flock, and they shall no longer be ravaged; and I will judge between sheep and sheep. 23 I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. 24 And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them; I, the Lord, have spoken. 25 I will make with them a covenant of peace and banish wild animals from the land, so that they may live in the wild and sleep in the woods securely. 26 I will make them and the region around my hill a blessing; and I will send down the showers in their season; they shall be showers of blessing. 27 The trees of the field shall yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield its increase. They shall be secure on their soil; and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I break the bars of their yoke, and save them from the hands of those who enslaved them. 28 They shall no more be plunder for the nations, nor shall the animals of the land devour them; they shall live in safety, and no one shall make them afraid. 29 I will provide for them a splendid vegetation so that they shall no more be consumed with hunger in the land, and no longer suffer the insults of the nations. 30 They shall know that I, the Lord their God, am with them, and that they, the house of Israel, are my people, says the Lord God. 31 You are my sheep, the sheep of my pasture and I am your God, says the Lord God.