Readings

Tuesday after the Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

    The Collect of the Day

    Proper 28

    The Sunday closest to November 16

    Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

    Psalms

    94

    Deus ultionumBCP p. 722

    1O Lord God of vengeance, *O God of vengeance, show yourself.

    2Rise up, O Judge of the world; *give the arrogant their just deserts.

    3How long shall the wicked, O Lord, *how long shall the wicked triumph?

    4They bluster in their insolence; *all evildoers are full of boasting.

    5They crush your people, O Lord, *and afflict your chosen nation.

    6They murder the widow and the stranger *and put the orphans to death.

    7Yet they say, “The Lord does not see, *the God of Jacob takes no notice.”

    8Consider well, you dullards among the people; *when will you fools understand?

    9He that planted the ear, does he not hear? *he that formed the eye, does he not see?

    10He who admonishes the nations, will he not punish? *he who teaches all the world, has he no knowledge?

    11The Lord knows our human thoughts; *how like a puff of wind they are.

    12Happy are they whom you instruct, O Lord! *whom you teach out of your law;

    13To give them rest in evil days, *until a pit is dug for the wicked.

    14For the Lord will not abandon his people, *nor will he forsake his own.

    15For judgment will again be just, *and all the true of heart will follow it.

    16Who rose up for me against the wicked? *who took my part against the evildoers?

    17If the Lord had not come to my help, *I should soon have dwelt in the land of silence.

    18As often as I said, “My foot has slipped,” *your love, O Lord, upheld me.

    19When many cares fill my mind, *your consolations cheer my soul.

    20Can a corrupt tribunal have any part with you, *one which frames evil into law?

    21They conspire against the life of the just *and condemn the innocent to death.

    22But the Lord has become my stronghold, *and my God the rock of my trust.

    23He will turn their wickedness back upon them and destroy them in their own malice; *the Lord our God will destroy them.

    95

    Venite, exultemusBCP p. 724

    1Come, let us sing to the Lord; *let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

    2Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving *and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.

    3For the Lord is a great God, *and a great King above all gods.

    4In his hand are the caverns of the earth, *and the heights of the hills are his also.

    5The sea is his, for he made it, *and his hands have molded the dry land.

    6Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, *and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

    7For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. *Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice!

    8Harden not your hearts, as your forebears did in the wilderness, *at Meribah, and on that day at Massah, when they tempted me.

    9They put me to the test, *though they had seen my works.

    10Forty years long I detested that generation and said, *“This people are wayward in their hearts; they do not know my ways.”

    11So I swore in my wrath, *“They shall not enter into my rest.”

    Daily Office Readings

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    Matt. 17:14-21

    A Reading from the Gospel According to Matthew.

    14 When they came to the crowd, a man came to him, knelt before him, 15 and said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly; he often falls into the fire and often into the water. 16 And I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him.” 17 Jesus answered, “You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you? How much longer must I put up with you? Bring him here to me.” 18 And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly. 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” 20 He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”

    Rev. 21:1-8

    1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them as their God; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; 4 he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.” 5 And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. 7 Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children. 8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the polluted, the murderers, the fornicators, the sorcerers, the idolaters, and all liars, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

    1 Macc. 3:25-41

    25 Then Judas and his brothers began to be feared, and terror fell on the Gentiles all around them. 26 His fame reached the king, and the Gentiles talked of the battles of Judas. 27 When King Antiochus heard these reports, he was greatly angered; and he sent and gathered all the forces of his kingdom, a very strong army. 28 He opened his coffers and gave a year’s pay to his forces, and ordered them to be ready for any need. 29 Then he saw that the money in the treasury was exhausted, and that the revenues from the country were small because of the dissension and disaster that he had caused in the land by abolishing the laws that had existed from the earliest days. 30 He feared that he might not have such funds as he had before for his expenses and for the gifts that he used to give more lavishly than preceding kings. 31 He was greatly perplexed in mind; then he determined to go to Persia and collect the revenues from those regions and raise a large fund. 32 He left Lysias, a distinguished man of royal lineage, in charge of the king’s affairs from the river Euphrates to the borders of Egypt. 33 Lysias was also to take care of his son Antiochus until he returned. 34 And he turned over to Lysias half of his forces and the elephants, and gave him orders about all that he wanted done. As for the residents of Judea and Jerusalem, 35 Lysias was to send a force against them to wipe out and destroy the strength of Israel and the remnant of Jerusalem; he was to banish the memory of them from the place, 36 settle aliens in all their territory, and distribute their land by lot. 37 Then the king took the remaining half of his forces and left Antioch his capital in the one hundred and forty-seventh year. He crossed the Euphrates river and went through the upper provinces. 38 Lysias chose Ptolemy son of Dorymenes, and Nicanor and Gorgias, able men among the Friends of the king, 39 and sent with them forty thousand infantry and seven thousand cavalry to go into the land of Judah and destroy it, as the king had commanded. 40 So they set out with their entire force, and when they arrived they encamped near Emmaus in the plain. 41 When the traders of the region heard what was said to them, they took silver and gold in immense amounts, and fetters, and went to the camp to get the Israelites for slaves. And forces from Syria and the land of the Philistines joined with them.