Saturday, November 27, 2010

Anglican/Episcopalian Daily Readings For Saturday, 27 November

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Daily Readings:

Saints/Heroes/Feasts/Fasts to be commemmorated/celebrated:

Morning Office Readings:

Psalm 137

Lament over the Destruction of Jerusalem

1 By the rivers of Babylon—

there we sat down and there we wept

when we remembered Zion.

2 On the willows* there

we hung up our harps.

3 For there our captors

asked us for songs,

and our tormentors asked for mirth, saying,

‘Sing us one of the songs of Zion!’

4 How could we sing the Lord’s song

in a foreign land?

5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem,

let my right hand wither!

6 Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth,

if I do not remember you,

if I do not set Jerusalem

above my highest joy.

7 Remember, O Lord, against the Edomites

the day of Jerusalem’s fall,

how they said, ‘Tear it down! Tear it down!

Down to its foundations!’

8 O daughter Babylon, you devastator!*

Happy shall they be who pay you back

what you have done to us!

9 Happy shall they be who take your little ones

and dash them against the rock!

Psalm 144

Prayer for National Deliverance and Security

Of David.

1 Blessed be the Lord, my rock,

who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle;

2 my rock* and my fortress,

my stronghold and my deliverer,

my shield, in whom I take refuge,

who subdues the peoples* under me.

3 O Lord, what are human beings that you regard them,

or mortals that you think of them?

4 They are like a breath;

their days are like a passing shadow.

5 Bow your heavens, O Lord, and come down;

touch the mountains so that they smoke.

6 Make the lightning flash and scatter them;

send out your arrows and rout them.

7 Stretch out your hand from on high;

set me free and rescue me from the mighty waters,

from the hand of aliens,

8 whose mouths speak lies,

and whose right hands are false.

9 I will sing a new song to you, O God;

upon a ten-stringed harp I will play to you,

10 the one who gives victory to kings,

who rescues his servant David.

11 Rescue me from the cruel sword,

and deliver me from the hand of aliens,

whose mouths speak lies,

and whose right hands are false.

12 May our sons in their youth

be like plants full grown,

our daughters like corner pillars,

cut for the building of a palace.

13 May our barns be filled

with produce of every kind;

may our sheep increase by thousands,

by tens of thousands in our fields,

14 and may our cattle be heavy with young.

May there be no breach in the walls,* no exile,

and no cry of distress in our streets.

15 Happy are the people to whom such blessings fall;

happy are the people whose God is the Lord.

Zechariah 14:12-21

12 This shall be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the peoples that wage war against Jerusalem: their flesh shall rot while they are still on their feet; their eyes shall rot in their sockets, and their tongues shall rot in their mouths. 13On that day a great panic from the Lord shall fall on them, so that each will seize the hand of a neighbour, and the hand of one will be raised against the hand of the other; 14even Judah will fight at Jerusalem. And the wealth of all the surrounding nations shall be collected—gold, silver, and garments in great abundance. 15And a plague like this plague shall fall on the horses, the mules, the camels, the donkeys, and whatever animals may be in those camps.

16 Then all who survive of the nations that have come against Jerusalem shall go up year by year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the festival of booths.* 17If any of the families of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, there will be no rain upon them. 18And if the family of Egypt do not go up and present themselves, then on them shall* come the plague that the Lord inflicts on the nations that do not go up to keep the festival of booths.* 19Such shall be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not go up to keep the festival of booths.*

20 On that day there shall be inscribed on the bells of the horses, ‘Holy to the Lord.’ And the cooking-pots in the house of the Lord shall be as holy as* the bowls in front of the altar; 21and every cooking-pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be sacred to the Lord of hosts, so that all who sacrifice may come and use them to boil the flesh of the sacrifice. And there shall no longer be traders* in the house of the Lord of hosts on that day.

Evening Office Readings:
Psalm 104

God the Creator and Provider

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul.

O Lord my God, you are very great.

You are clothed with honour and majesty,

2 wrapped in light as with a garment.

You stretch out the heavens like a tent,

3 you set the beams of your* chambers on the waters,

you make the clouds your* chariot,

you ride on the wings of the wind,

4 you make the winds your* messengers,

fire and flame your* ministers.

5 You set the earth on its foundations,

so that it shall never be shaken.

6 You cover it with the deep as with a garment;

the waters stood above the mountains.

7 At your rebuke they flee;

at the sound of your thunder they take to flight.

8 They rose up to the mountains, ran down to the valleys

to the place that you appointed for them.

9 You set a boundary that they may not pass,

so that they might not again cover the earth.

10 You make springs gush forth in the valleys;

they flow between the hills,

11 giving drink to every wild animal;

the wild asses quench their thirst.

12 By the streams* the birds of the air have their habitation;

they sing among the branches.

13 From your lofty abode you water the mountains;

the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.

14 You cause the grass to grow for the cattle,

and plants for people to use,*

to bring forth food from the earth,

15 and wine to gladden the human heart,

oil to make the face shine,

and bread to strengthen the human heart.

16 The trees of the Lord are watered abundantly,

the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.

17 In them the birds build their nests;

the stork has its home in the fir trees.

18 The high mountains are for the wild goats;

the rocks are a refuge for the coneys.

19 You have made the moon to mark the seasons;

the sun knows its time for setting.

20 You make darkness, and it is night,

when all the animals of the forest come creeping out.

21 The young lions roar for their prey,

seeking their food from God.

22 When the sun rises, they withdraw

and lie down in their dens.

23 People go out to their work

and to their labour until the evening.

24 O Lord, how manifold are your works!

In wisdom you have made them all;

the earth is full of your creatures.

25 Yonder is the sea, great and wide,

creeping things innumerable are there,

living things both small and great.

26 There go the ships,

and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it.

27 These all look to you

to give them their food in due season;

28 when you give to them, they gather it up;

when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.

29 When you hide your face, they are dismayed;

when you take away their breath, they die

and return to their dust.

30 When you send forth your spirit,* they are created;

and you renew the face of the ground.

31 May the glory of the Lord endure for ever;

may the Lord rejoice in his works—

32 who looks on the earth and it trembles,

who touches the mountains and they smoke.

33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;

I will sing praise to my God while I have being.

34 May my meditation be pleasing to him,

for I rejoice in the Lord.

35 Let sinners be consumed from the earth,

and let the wicked be no more.

Bless the Lord, O my soul.

Praise the Lord!

Philippians 2:1-11

Imitating Christ’s Humility

2If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, 2make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. 4Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. 5Let the same mind be in you that was* in Christ Jesus,

6 who, though he was in the form of God,

did not regard equality with God

as something to be exploited,

7 but emptied himself,

taking the form of a slave,

being born in human likeness.

And being found in human form,

8 he humbled himself

and became obedient to the point of death—

even death on a cross.

9 Therefore God also highly exalted him

and gave him the name

that is above every name,

10 so that at the name of Jesus

every knee should bend,

in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

11 and every tongue should confess

that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.

Luke 19:41-48

Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem

41 As he came near and saw the city, he wept over it, 42saying, ‘If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43Indeed, the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up ramparts around you and surround you, and hem you in on every side. 44They will crush you to the ground, you and your children within you, and they will not leave within you one stone upon another; because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.’*

Jesus Cleanses the Temple

45 Then he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling things there; 46and he said, ‘It is written,

“My house shall be a house of prayer”;

but you have made it a den of robbers.’

47 Every day he was teaching in the temple. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people kept looking for a way to kill him; 48but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were spellbound by what they heard.

Eucharistic Readings:
Revelation 22:1-7

The River of Life

22Then the angel* showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life* with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. 3Nothing accursed will be found there any more. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants* will worship him; 4they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign for ever and ever.

6 And he said to me, ‘These words are trustworthy and true, for the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants* what must soon take place.’

7 ‘See, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.’

Psalm 95

A Call to Worship and Obedience

1 O come, let us sing to the Lord;

let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;

let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

3 For the Lord is a great God,

and a great King above all gods.

4 In his hand are the depths of the earth;

the heights of the mountains are his also.

5 The sea is his, for he made it,

and the dry land, which his hands have formed.

6 O come, let us worship and bow down,

let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!

7 For he is our God,

and we are the people of his pasture,

and the sheep of his hand.

O that today you would listen to his voice!

Luke 21:34-36

Exhortation to Watch

34 ‘Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, 35like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. 36Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.’

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