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

107

Part I

Confitemini DominoBCP p. 746

1Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, *and his mercy endures for ever.

2Let all those whom the Lord has redeemed proclaim *that he redeemed them from the hand of the foe.

3He gathered them out of the lands; *from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.

4Some wandered in desert wastes; *they found no way to a city where they might dwell.

5They were hungry and thirsty; *their spirits languished within them.

6Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, *and he delivered them from their distress.

7He put their feet on a straight path *to go to a city where they might dwell.

8Let them give thanks to the Lord for his mercy *and the wonders he does for his children.

9For he satisfies the thirsty *and fills the hungry with good things.

10Some sat in darkness and deep gloom, *bound fast in misery and iron;

11Because they rebelled against the words of God *and despised the counsel of the Most High.

12So he humbled their spirits with hard labor; *they stumbled, and there was none to help.

13Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, *and he delivered them from their distress.

14He led them out of darkness and deep gloom *and broke their bonds asunder.

15Let them give thanks to the Lord for his mercy *and the wonders he does for his children.

16For he shatters the doors of bronze *and breaks in two the iron bars.

17Some were fools and took to rebellious ways; *they were afflicted because of their sins.

18They abhorred all manner of food *and drew near to death’s door.

19Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, *and he delivered them from their distress.

20He sent forth his word and healed them *and saved them from the grave.

21Let them give thanks to the Lord for his mercy *and the wonders he does for his children.

22Let them offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving *and tell of his acts with shouts of joy.

23Some went down to the sea in ships *and plied their trade in deep waters;

24They beheld the works of the Lord *and his wonders in the deep.

25Then he spoke, and a stormy wind arose, *which tossed high the waves of the sea.

26They mounted up to the heavens and fell back to the depths; *their hearts melted because of their peril.

27They reeled and staggered like drunkards *and were at their wits’ end.

28Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, *and he delivered them from their distress.

29He stilled the storm to a whisper *and quieted the waves of the sea.

30Then were they glad because of the calm, *and he brought them to the harbor they were bound for.

31Let them give thanks to the Lord for his mercy *and the wonders he does for his children.

32Let them exalt him in the congregation of the people *and praise him in the council of the elders.

Daily Office Readings

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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.

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.”

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.