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First Sunday in Advent
(If you can, go to mass today. If
you can't, read the mass propers for today, found on pages 90-91 of
the Book of Common Prayer.)
MORNING PRAYER (Abbreviated Version)
MORNING PRAYER (Full Version)
1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the
way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come
to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight
in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.
2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand
when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like
3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he
shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver,
that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.
4 Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant
unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years.
I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness
against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against
false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in
his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside
the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD
6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob
are not consumed.
4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded
unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.
5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming
of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:
6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children,
and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and
smite the earth with a curse.
5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain
priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was
of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.
6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the
commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
7 And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and
they both were now well stricken in years.
8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office
before God in the order of his course,
9 According to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was
to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.
10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without
at the time of incense.
11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing
on the right side of the altar of incense.
12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell
13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy
prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son,
and thou shalt call his name John.
14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice
at his birth.
15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall
drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with
the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb.
16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord
17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias,
to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient
to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for
18 And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this?
for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.
19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that
stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee,
and to show thee these glad tidings.
behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the
day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest
not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.
21 And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he
tarried so long in the temple.
22 And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they
perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned
unto them, and remained speechless.
23 And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration
were accomplished, he departed to his own house.
24 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid
herself five months, saying,
25 Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked
on me, to take away my reproach among men.
1 For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's
sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth
as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.
2 And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings
thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the
mouth of the LORD shall name.
3 Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD,
and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.
4 Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land
any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah,
and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy
land shall be married.
5 For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry
thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall
thy God rejoice over thee.
6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall
never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of
the LORD, keep not silence.
7 And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem
a praise in the earth.
8 The LORD hath sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his
strength, Surely I will no more give thy corn to be meat for
thine enemies; and the sons of the stranger shall not drink thy
wine, for the which thou hast laboured:
9 But they that have gathered it shall eat it and praise the
LORD; and they that have brought it together shall drink it in
the courts of my holiness.
10 Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the
people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones;
lift up a standard for the people.
11 Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world,
Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh;
behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD:
and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.
1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins,
which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom
cometh; go ye out to meet him.
7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for
our lamps are gone out.
9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough
for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they
that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord,
open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour
wherein the Son of man cometh.
MORNING PRAYER (Abbreviated Version)
MORNING PRAYER (Full Version)
1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning
Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and
Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken,
I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled
3 The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but
Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.
4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers,
children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they
have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone
5 Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and
more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.
the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness
in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have
not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.
7 Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire:
your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate,
as overthrown by strangers.
8 And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard,
as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city.
9 Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant,
we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto
1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;
2 As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger
before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way
of the Lord, make his paths straight.
4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism
of repentance for the remission of sins.
5 And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they
of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan,
confessing their sins.
6 And John was clothed with camel's hair, and with a girdle of
a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey;
7 And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after
me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down
8 I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize
you with the Holy Ghost.
9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth
of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.
10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens
opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him:
11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved
Son, in whom I am well pleased.
immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness.
13 And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of
Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered
10 Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto
the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.
11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me?
saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and
the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks,
or of lambs, or of he goats.
12 When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at
your hand, to tread my courts?
13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto
me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I
cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.
14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they
are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.
15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes
from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your
hands are full of blood.
you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before
mine eyes; cease to do evil;
17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge
the fatherless, plead for the widow.
18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though
your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though
they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword:
for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write;
These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the
beginning of the creation of God;
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would
thou wert cold or hot.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot,
I will spue thee out of my mouth.
17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods,
and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched,
and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou
mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed,
and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint
thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my
voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup
with him, and he with me.
21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne,
even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his
22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto
MORNING PRAYER (Abbreviated Version)
MORNING PRAYER (Full Version)
21 How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of
judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.
22 Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water:
princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one
loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the
fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.
24 Therefore saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts, the mighty One
of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge
me of mine enemies:
25 And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy
dross, and take away all thy tin:
26 And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors
as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city
of righteousness, the faithful city.
27 Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with
the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall
be together, and they that forsake the LORD shall be consumed.
14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee,
preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God
is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
16 Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew
his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to
become fishers of men.
18 And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him.
19 And when he had gone a little farther thence, he saw James
the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the
ship mending their nets.
20 And straightway he called them: and they left their father
Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him.
21 And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath
day he entered into the synagogue, and taught.
they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one
that had authority, and not as the scribes.
23 And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit;
and he cried out,
24 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus
of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou
art, the Holy One of God.
25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out
26 And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a
loud voice, he came out of him.
27 And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among
themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is
this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits,
and they do obey him.
28 And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the
region round about Galilee.
1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and
it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of
the LORD's house shall be established in the top of the mountains,
and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow
3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up
to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob;
and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths:
for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD
4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many
people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and
their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword
against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
5 O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of
1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven:
and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet
talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will show
thee things which must be hereafter.
2 And immediately I was in the spirit; and, behold, a throne
was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine
stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight
like unto an emerald.
4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and
upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed
in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings
and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before
the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal:
and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were
four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like
a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth
beast was like a flying eagle.
8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and
they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night,
saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is,
and is to come.
9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him
that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,
10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on
the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and
cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power:
for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are
and were created.
MORNING PRAYER (Abbreviated Version)
MORNING PRAYER (Full Version)
Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because
they be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like the
Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers.
land also is full of silver and gold, neither is there any end
of their treasures; their land is also full of horses, neither
is there any end of their chariots:
8 Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of
their own hands, that which their own fingers have made:
9 And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself:
therefore forgive them not.
10 Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of
the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty.
11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness
of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted
in that day.
12 For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that
is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and
he shall be brought low:
13 And upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted
up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan,
14 And upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that
are lifted up,
15 And upon every high tower, and upon every fenced wall,
16 And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant
17 And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness
of men shall be made low: and the LORD alone shall be exalted
in that day.
18 And the idols he shall utterly abolish.
19 And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the
caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of
his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.
29 And forthwith, when they were come out of the synagogue, they
entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.
30 But Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever, and anon they
tell him of her.
31 And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and
immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them.
32 And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all
that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils.
33 And all the city was gathered together at the door.
34 And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and
cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because
they knew him.
35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he
went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
36 And Simon and they that were with him followed after him.
37 And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek
38 And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that
I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth.
39 And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee,
and cast out devils.
Isaiah 3:1-3, 8-15
1 For, behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, doth take away from
Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay
of bread, and the whole stay of water.
2 The mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet,
and the prudent, and the ancient,
3 The captain of fifty, and the honourable man, and the counsellor,
and the cunning artificer, and the eloquent orator.
Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue
and their doings are against the LORD, to provoke the eyes of
9 The show of their countenance doth witness against them; and
they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their
soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.
ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they
shall eat the fruit of their doings.
11 Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward
of his hands shall be given him.
12 As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women
rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee
to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.
13 The LORD standeth up to plead, and standeth to judge the people.
14 The LORD will enter into judgment with the ancients of his
people, and the princes thereof: for ye have eaten up the vineyard;
the spoil of the poor is in your houses.
15 What mean ye that ye beat my people to pieces, and grind the
faces of the poor? saith the Lord GOD of hosts.
1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a
book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.
2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who
is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?
no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was
able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and
to read the book, neither to look thereon.
5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the
Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed
to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the
four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as
it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are
the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him
that sat upon the throne.
8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and
twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of
them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers
9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the
book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and
hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and
tongue, and people, and nation;
10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall
reign on the earth.
11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about
the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them
was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour,
and glory, and blessing.
13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and
under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are
in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and
power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the
Lamb for ever and ever.
14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders
fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.
MORNING PRAYER (Abbreviated Version)
MORNING PRAYER (Full Version)
2 In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious,
and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for
them that are escaped of Israel.
it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that
remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one
that is written among the living in Jerusalem:
4 When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters
of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the
midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of
5 And the LORD will create upon every dwelling place of mount
Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and
the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory
shall be a defence.
6 And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime
from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from
storm and from rain.
40 And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling
down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make
Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched
him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.
42 And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed
from him, and he was cleansed.
43 And he straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him away;
44 And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go
thy way, show thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing
those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
45 But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze
abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter
into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came
to him from every quarter.
1 Now will I sing to my wellbeloved a song of my beloved touching
his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful
2 And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and
planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst
of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that
it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes.
3 And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge,
I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard.
4 What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have
not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring
forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?
5 And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard:
I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up;
and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down:
6 And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged;
but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command
the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.
the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and
the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment,
but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry.
1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard,
as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying,
Come and see.
2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him
had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth
conquering, and to conquer.
3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second
beast say, Come and see.
4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was
given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and
that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him
a great sword.
5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast
say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he
that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A
measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for
a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of
the fourth beast say, Come and see.
8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat
on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given
unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword,
and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the
souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the
testimony which they held:
10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord,
holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them
that dwell on the earth?
11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it
was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season,
until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should
be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
MORNING PRAYER (Abbreviated Version)
MORNING PRAYER (Full Version)
8 Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field,
till there be no place, that they may be placed alone in the
midst of the earth!
9 In mine ears said the LORD of hosts, Of a truth many houses
shall be desolate, even great and fair, without inhabitant.
10 Yea, ten acres of vineyard shall yield one bath, and the seed
of an homer shall yield an ephah.
unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow
strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!
12 And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine,
are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of the LORD,
neither consider the operation of his hands.
my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge:
and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried
up with thirst.
14 Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth
without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their
pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.
15 And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man
shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled:
16 But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God
that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness.
17 Then shall the lambs feed after their manner, and the waste
places of the fat ones shall strangers eat.
18 Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and
sin as it were with a cart rope:
19 That say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work, that we
may see it: and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw
nigh and come, that we may know it!
unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness
for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet,
and sweet for bitter!
21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent
in their own sight!
22 Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength
to mingle strong drink:
23 Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness
of the righteous from him!
24 Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame
consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and
their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away
the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy
One of Israel.
25 Therefore is the anger of the LORD kindled against his people,
and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten
them: and the hills did tremble, and their carcases were torn
in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned
away, but his hand is stretched out still.
26 And he will lift up an ensign to the nations from far, and
will hiss unto them from the end of the earth: and, behold, they
shall come with speed swiftly:
27 None shall be weary nor stumble among them; none shall slumber
nor sleep; neither shall the girdle of their loins be loosed,
nor the latchet of their shoes be broken:
28 Whose arrows are sharp, and all their bows bent, their horses'
hoofs shall be counted like flint, and their wheels like a whirlwind.
29 Their roaring shall be like a lion, they shall roar like young
lions: yea, they shall roar, and lay hold of the prey, and shall
carry it away safe, and none shall deliver it.
1 And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it
was noised that he was in the house.
2 And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that
there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the
door: and he preached the word unto them.
they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was
borne of four.
4 And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they
uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it
up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.
5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy,
Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.
6 But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning
in their hearts,
doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but
8 And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they
so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason
ye these things in your hearts?
9 Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins
be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and
10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth
to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)
11 I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way
into thine house.
12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth
before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified
God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.
1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting
upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with
twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet,
and with twain he did fly.
3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is
the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried,
and the house was filled with smoke.
5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man
of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean
lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal
in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:
he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy
lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.
I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and
who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but
understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy,
and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear
with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert,
and be healed.
11 Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities
be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and
the land be utterly desolate.
Revelation 7:1-4, 9-17
1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four
corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that
the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on
2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the
seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the
four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have
sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there
were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the
tribes of the children of Israel.
9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man
could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues,
stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white
robes, and palms in their hands;
10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God
which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about
the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on
their faces, and worshipped God,
12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving,
and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and
one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which
are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me,
These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have
washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him
day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne
shall dwell among them.
16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither
shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed
them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and
God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
MORNING PRAYER (Abbreviated Version)
MORNING PRAYER (Full Version)
1 And it came to pass in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham,
the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin the king of Syria,
and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up toward
Jerusalem to war against it, but could not prevail against it.
2 And it was told the house of David, saying, Syria is confederate
with Ephraim. And his heart was moved, and the heart of his people,
as the trees of the wood are moved with the wind.
3 Then said the LORD unto Isaiah, Go forth now to meet Ahaz,
thou, and Shearjashub thy son, at the end of the conduit of the
upper pool in the highway of the fuller's field;
4 And say unto him, Take heed, and be quiet; fear not, neither
be fainthearted for the two tails of these smoking firebrands,
for the fierce anger of Rezin with Syria, and of the son of Remaliah.
5 Because Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah, have taken
evil counsel against thee, saying,
6 Let us go up against Judah, and vex it, and let us make a breach
therein for us, and set a king in the midst of it, even the son
7 Thus saith the Lord GOD, It shall not stand, neither shall
it come to pass.
8 For the head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Damascus
is Rezin; and within threescore and five years shall Ephraim
be broken, that it be not a people.
9 And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria
is Remaliah's son. If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not
13 And he went forth again by the sea side; and all the multitude
resorted unto him, and he taught them.
14 And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting
at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he
arose and followed him.
15 And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house,
many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his
disciples: for there were many, and they followed him.
16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans
and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he
eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners?
Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have
no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not
to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
18 And the disciples of John and of the Pharisees used to fast:
and they come and say unto him, Why do the disciples of John
and of the Pharisees fast, but thy disciples fast not?
19 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber
fast, while the bridegroom is with them? as long as they have
the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.
20 But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken
away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.
21 No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment:
else the new piece that filled it up taketh away from the old,
and the rent is made worse.
22 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new
wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the
bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles.
10 Moreover the LORD spake again unto Ahaz, saying,
11 Ask thee a sign of the LORD thy God; ask it either in the
depth, or in the height above.
12 But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the LORD.
13 And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small
thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also?
the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall
conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
15 Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse
the evil, and choose the good.
16 For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose
the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both
17 The LORD shall bring upon thee, and upon thy people, and upon
thy father's house, days that have not come from the day that
Ephraim departed from Judah; even the king of Assyria.
18 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall
hiss for the fly that is in the uttermost part of the rivers
of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria.
19 And they shall come, and shall rest all of them in the desolate
valleys, and in the holes of the rocks, and upon all thorns,
and upon all bushes.
20 In the same day shall the Lord shave with a razor that is
hired, namely, by them beyond the river, by the king of Assyria,
the head, and the hair of the feet: and it shall also consume
1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed
with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was
as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:
he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot
upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,
3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when
he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.
4 And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was
about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me,
Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write
5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth
lifted up his hand to heaven,
6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created
heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the
things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are
therein, that there should be time no longer:
7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he
shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished,
as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and
said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of
the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.
9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little
book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall
make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as
10 And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate
it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as
I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.
11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many
peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.
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