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This is where one can find documents, illustrations, or other material which is of help either generally or may be necessary to fully understand a particular podcast or series of podcasts.

T01 – Psalm 119 – A Tool for the Lenten Journey

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For this series, I have excerpted from the Manual of Plainsong Psalm 119 complete, along with the plainsong tones for each of the 22 parts. Download this by clicking Download File. Be patient, as it is rather long. This is the only English plainsong version I have found which has the text fully pointed for chanting. The text itself is from the Book of Common Prayer.

Also, we will occasionally talk about the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Here is a table showing them, arranged in order left to right, top to bottom.

Through these talks, reference will be made from time to time to the four different senses or levels of Holy Scripture. Click Download File to download a short PDF file which sets out what these are.

A transcript of the talk is available here: PDF file for download

R011 – The Assyrian Crisis: The Background for Psalms 73 to 89

Summary: 

           In 721 BC, the Assyrian army captured the Israelite capital at Samaria and carried away the citizens of the northern kingdom into captivity. The virtual destruction of Israel left the southern kingdom, Judah, to fend for itself among warring Near Eastern kingdoms. At the time of Samaria’s fall, there existed two kings in Judah — Ahaz and his son Hezekiah — who ruled as co-regents. After the fall of the Northern Kingdom, the kings of Judah tried to extend their influence and protection to those inhabitants who had not been exiled. They also sought to extend their authority northward into areas previously controlled by the Kingdom of Israel.The latter part of the reign of Ahaz, and most of that of Hezekiah were periods of stability during which Judah was able to consolidate both politically and economically. Although Judah was a vassal of Assyria during this time and paid an annual tribute to the powerful empire, it was the most important state between Assyria and Egypt.[1]

             In 715 BC, following the death of Ahaz, Hezekiah became the sole regent of Judah and initiated widespread religious changes, including the breaking of religious idols. He re-captured Philistine-occupied lands in the Negev desert, formed alliances with Ashkelon and Egypt, and made a stand against Assyria by refusing to pay tribute.[2] In response, Sennacherib attacked Judah, laying siege to Jerusalem.

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R010 – The Literary Character of Hebrew Poetry

The Literary Character of Hebrew Poetry

  1. Rhythm of Thought The genius of Hebrew poetry is in the realm of “thought rhymeand the key to thought rhyme is in the technique of parallelism (the correspondence of one thought with another)
    1. Synonymous parallelism exactly balances the thoughts or meanings in two lines of poetry by saying the same thing twice in nearly the same way (Ps. 3:1; 7:16; 2:4)
    2. Synthetic and Climatic parallelism further takes up and develops a through begun in the first line by adding a little more to enrich one’s thinking (Ps. 95:3; 1:1). Occasionally they expansion is expressed in a tiered structure in which each line repeats the first with the exception of the last term/phrase where a new one is added (Ps. 29:1)
    3. Emblematic parallelism uses images to convey the poetic meaning. While one line conveys the main point in a direct fashion, the second line illuminates it by an image. There is a movement from point to picture (Ps. 23:1,2,4; 103:13; 113:5,6; 57:1)
    4. Antithetical parallelism  balances the thoughts or ideas within the line pairs by stating truth in the first line in an opposing or negative way by introducing a contrast (Ps. 1:6; 57:6)
    5. Chiastic orInverted parallelism contraposes or alternates the words or phrases in consecutive lines (Ps. 51:3; Isa. 11:13)
  2. Rhythm of Sound (in Hebrew)
    1. Acrostic Poems are written so that the initial letters of consecutive lines form an alphabet, word, or phrase (Ps. 9; 10; 25; 34; 37; 11; 112; 119; 145; Prov. 31:10-31; Lam. 1; 2; 3; 4;Nahum 1:2-20). This was a mnemonic tool (memory device) conveying ideas of order, progression, and completeness.
    2. Alliteration is the consonance of sounds at the beginning of words or syllables (Ps. 122:6)
    3. Assonance is correspondence of vowels sounds, often at the end of words in order to emphasize an idea, theme, or tone (Ps. 119:29)
    4. Paronomasia is a word play through the repetition of words of similar sound, but not necessarily meaning in order to heighten the impact of the message (Gen. 32:22-24)
    5. Onomatopoeia is the use of words that sound like what they describe (Ruth 1:19)
    6. Ellipsis is the omission of a word or words that would complete a given parallel construction (Ps. 115:4-7)
    7. Inclusio is the repetition of words or phrases by which the poet returns to the point from which he began (Ps. 118:1,29)
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R007 – Lessons from the Apocrypha

Here are the three lessons from the Apocrypha which occur in the Mass during Lent. I’ve included them here because they are sometimes not easy to find – depending on the version of the Bible you are using.

Bel and the Dragon, verses 1-42 from The Apocrypha of the King James Version

1  And king Astyages was gathered to his fathers, and Cyrus of Persia received his kingdom.

2  And Daniel conversed with the king, and was honoured above all his friends.

3  Now the Babylonians had an idol, called Bel, and there were spent upon him every day twelve great measures of fine flour, and forty sheep, and six vessels of wine.

4  And the king worshipped it and went daily to adore it: but Daniel worshipped his own God. And the king said unto him, Why dost not thou worship Bel?

5  Who answered and said, Because I may not worship idols made with hands, but the living God, who hath created the heaven and the earth, and hath sovereignty over all flesh.

6  Then said the king unto him, Thinkest thou not that Bel is a living God? seest thou not how much he eateth and drinketh every day?

7  Then Daniel smiled, and said, O king, be not deceived: for this is but clay within, and brass without, and did never eat or drink any thing.

8  So the king was wroth, and called for his priests, and said unto them, If ye tell me not who this is that devoureth these expences, ye shall die.

9  But if ye can certify me that Bel devoureth them, then Daniel shall die: for he hath spoken blasphemy against Bel. And Daniel said unto the king, Let it be according to thy word.

10 Now the priests of Bel were threescore and ten, beside their wives and children. And the king went with Daniel into the temple of Bel.

11 So Bel’s priests said, Lo, we go out: but thou, O king, set on the meat, and make ready the wine, and shut the door fast and seal it with thine own signet;

12 And tomorrow when thou comest in, if thou findest not that Bel hath eaten up all, we will suffer death: or else Daniel, that speaketh falsely against us.

13 And they little regarded it: for under the table they had made a privy entrance, whereby they entered in continually, and consumed those things.

14 So when they were gone forth, the king set meats before Bel. Now Daniel had commanded his servants to bring ashes, and those they strewed throughout all the temple in the presence of the king alone: then went they out, and shut the door, and sealed it with the king’s signet, and so departed.

15 Now in the night came the priests with their wives and children, as they were wont to do, and did eat and drink up all.

16 In the morning betimes the king arose, and Daniel with him.

17 And the king said, Daniel, are the seals whole? And he said, Yea, O king, they be whole.

18 And as soon as he had opened the door, the king looked upon the table, and cried with a loud voice, Great art thou, O Bel, and with thee is no deceit at all.

19 Then laughed Daniel, and held the king that he should not go in, and said, Behold now the pavement, and mark well whose footsteps are these.

20 And the king said, I see the footsteps of men, women, and children. And then the king was angry,

21 And took the priests with their wives and children, who shewed him the privy doors, where they came in, and consumed such things as were upon the table.

22 Therefore the king slew them, and delivered Bel into Daniel’s power, who destroyed him and his temple.

23 And in that same place there was a great dragon, which they of Babylon worshipped.

24 And the king said unto Daniel, Wilt thou also say that this is of brass? lo, he liveth, he eateth and drinketh; thou canst not say that he is no living god: therefore worship him.

25 Then said Daniel unto the king, I will worship the Lord my God: for he is the living God.

26 But give me leave, O king, and I shall slay this dragon without sword or staff. The king said, I give thee leave.

27 Then Daniel took pitch, and fat, and hair, and did seethe them together, and made lumps thereof: this he put in the dragon’s mouth, and so the dragon burst in sunder: and Daniel said, Lo, these are the gods ye worship.

28 When they of Babylon heard that, they took great indignation, and conspired against the king, saying, The king is become a Jew, and he hath destroyed Bel, he hath slain the dragon, and put the priests to death.

29 So they came to the king, and said, Deliver us Daniel, or else we will destroy thee and thine house.

30 Now when the king saw that they pressed him sore, being constrained, he delivered Daniel unto them:

31 Who cast him into the lions’ den: where he was six days.

32 And in the den there were seven lions, and they had given them every day two carcases, and two sheep: which then were not given to them, to the intent they might devour Daniel.

33 Now there was in Jewry a prophet, called Habbacuc, who had made pottage, and had broken bread in a bowl, and was going into the field, for to bring it to the reapers.

34 But the angel of the Lord said unto Habbacuc, Go, carry the dinner that thou hast into Babylon unto Daniel, who is in the lions’ den.

35 And Habbacuc said, Lord, I never saw Babylon; neither do I know where the den is.

36 Then the angel of the Lord took him by the crown, and bare him by the hair of his head, and through the vehemency of his spirit set him in Babylon over the den.

37 And Habbacuc cried, saying, O Daniel, Daniel, take the dinner which God hath sent thee.

38 And Daniel said, Thou hast remembered me, O God: neither hast thou forsaken them that seek thee and love thee.

39 So Daniel arose, and did eat: and the angel of the Lord set Habbacuc in his own place again immediately.

40 Upon the seventh day the king went to bewail Daniel: and when he came to the den, he looked in, and behold, Daniel was sitting.

41 Then cried the king with a loud voice, saying, Great art Lord God of Daniel, and there is none other beside thee.

42 And he drew him out, and cast those that were the cause of his destruction into the den: and they were devoured in a moment before his face.

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The Song of the Three Children

which followeth in the third Chapter of DANIEL, after this place, — fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace — verse 23. That which followeth is not in the Hebrew, to wit, And they walked — unto these words, Then Nebuchadnezzar — verse 24.

 

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AND they walked in the midst of the fire, praising God, and blessing the Lord.

2  Then Azarias stood up, and prayed on this manner; and opening his mouth in the midst of the fire, said,

3  Blessed art thou, O Lord God of our fathers: thy name is worthy to be praised and glorified for evermore:

4  For thou art righteous in all the things that thou hast done to us: yea, true are all thy works, thy ways are right, and all thy judgments truth.

5  In all the things that thou hast brought upon us, and upon the holy city of our fathers, even Jerusalem, thou hast executed true judgment: for according to truth and judgment didst thou bring all these things upon us because of our sins.

6  For we have sinned and committed iniquity, departing from thee.

7  In all things have we trespassed, and not obeyed thy commandments, nor kept them, neither done as thou hast commanded us, that it might go well with us.

8  Wherefore all that thou hast brought upon us, and everything that thou hast done to us, thou hast done in true judgment.

9  And thou didst deliver us into the hands of lawless enemies, most hateful forsakers of God, and to an unjust king, and the most wicked in all the world.

10 And now we cannot open our mouths, we are become a shame and reproach to thy servants, and to them that worship thee.

11 Yet deliver us not up wholly, for thy name’s sake, neither disannul thou thy covenant:

12 And cause not thy mercy to depart from us, for thy beloved Abraham’s sake, for thy servant Isaac’s sake, and for thy holy Israel’s sake;

13 To whom thou hast spoken and promised, that thou wouldest multiply their seed as the stars of heaven, and as the sand that lieth upon the sea shore.

14 For we, O Lord, are become less than any nation, and be kept under this day in all the world because of our sins.

15 Neither is there at this time prince, or prophet, or leader, or burnt offering, or sacrifice, or oblation, or incense, or place to sacrifice before thee, and to find mercy.

16 Nevertheless in a contrite heart and an humble spirit let us be accepted.

17 Like as in the burnt offerings of rams and bullocks, and like as in ten thousands of fat lambs: so let our sacrifice be in thy sight this day, and grant that we may wholly go after thee: for they shall not be confounded that put their trust in thee.

18 And now we follow thee with all our heart, we fear thee, and seek thy face.

19 Put us not to shame: but deal with us after thy loving kindness, and according to the multitude of thy mercies.

20 Deliver us also according to thy marvellous works, and give glory to thy name, O Lord: and let all them that do thy servants hurt be ashamed;

21 And let them be confounded in all their power and might, and let their strength be broken;

22 And let them know that thou art Lord, the only God, and glorious over the whole world.

23 And the king’s servants, that put them in, ceased not to make the oven hot with rosin, pitch, tow, and small wood;

24 So that the flame streamed forth above the furnace forty and nine cubits.

25 And it passed through, and burned those Chaldeans it found about the furnace.

26 But the angel of the Lord came down into the oven together with Azarias and his fellows, and smote the flame of the fire out of the oven;

27 And made the midst of the furnace as it had been a moist whistling wind, so that the fire touched them not at all, neither hurt nor troubled them.

28 Then the three, as out of one mouth, praised, glorified, and blessed God in the furnace, saying,

29 Blessed art thou, O Lord God of our fathers: and to be praised and exalted above all for ever.

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The Story of Susanna, verses 1 – 62 from The Apocrypha of the King James Version

 

There dwelt a man in Babylon, called Joacim: And he took a wife, whose name was Susanna, the daughter of Chelcias, a very fair woman, and one that feared the Lord. Her parents also were righteous, and taught their daughter according to the law of Moses. Now Joacim was a great rich man, and had a fair garden joining unto his house: and to him resorted the Jews; because he was more honourable than all others. The same year were appointed two of the ancients of the people to be judges, such as the Lord spake of, that wickedness came from Babylon from ancient judges, who seemed to govern the people. These kept much at Joacim’s house: and all that had any suits in law came unto them. Now when the people departed away at noon, Susanna went into her husband’s garden to walk. And the two elders saw her going in every day, and walking; so that their lust was inflamed toward her. And they perverted their own mind, and turned away their eyes, that they might not look unto heaven, nor remember just judgments. And albeit they both were wounded with her love, yet durst not one shew another his grief. For they were ashamed to declare their lust, that they desired to have to do with her. Yet they watched diligently from day to day to see her. And the one said to the other, Let us now go home: for it is dinner time. So when they were gone out, they parted the one from the other, and turning back again they came to the same place; and after that they had asked one another the cause, they acknowledged their lust: then appointed they a time both together, when they might find her alone. And it fell out, as they watched a fit time, she went in as before with two maids only, and she was desirous to wash herself in the garden: for it was hot. And there was no body there save the two elders, that had hid themselves, and watched her. Then she said to her maids, Bring me oil and washing balls, and shut the garden doors, that I may wash me. And they did as she bade them, and shut the garden doors, and went out themselves at privy doors to fetch the things that she had commanded them: but they saw not the elders, because they were hid. Now when the maids were gone forth, the two elders rose up, and ran unto her, saying, Behold, the garden doors are shut, that no man can see us, and we are in love with thee; therefore consent unto us, and lie with us. If thou wilt not, we will bear witness against thee, that a young man was with thee: and therefore thou didst send away thy maids from thee. Then Susanna sighed, and said, I am straitened on every side: for if I do this thing, it is death unto me: and if I do it not I cannot escape your hands. It is better for me to fall into your hands, and not do it, than to sin in the sight of the Lord. With that Susanna cried with a loud voice: and the two elders cried out against her. Then ran the one, and opened the garden door. So when the servants of the house heard the cry in the garden, they rushed in at the privy door, to see what was done unto her. But when the elders had declared their matter, the servants were greatly ashamed: for there was never such a report made of Susanna. And it came to pass the next day, when the people were assembled to her husband Joacim, the two elders came also full of mischievous imagination against Susanna to put her to death; And said before the people, Send for Susanna, the daughter of Chelcias, Joacim’s wife. And so they sent. So she came with her father and mother, her children, and all her kindred. Now Susanna was a very delicate woman, and beauteous to behold.And these wicked men commanded to uncover her face, (for she was covered) that they might be filled with her beauty.Therefore her friends and all that saw her wept. Then the two elders stood up in the midst of the people, and laid their hands upon her head. And she weeping looked up toward heaven: for her heart trusted in the Lord. And the elders said, As we walked in the garden alone, this woman came in with two maids, and shut the garden doors, and sent the maids away. Then a young man, who there was hid, came unto her, and lay with her. Then we that stood in a corner of the garden, seeing this wickedness, ran unto them. And when we saw them together, the man we could not hold: for he was stronger than we, and opened the door, and leaped out. But having taken this woman, we asked who the young man was, but she would not tell us: these things do we testify. Then the assembly believed them as those that were the elders and judges of the people: so they condemned her to death. Then Susanna cried out with a loud voice, and said, O everlasting God, that knowest the secrets, and knowest all things before they be: Thou knowest that they have borne false witness against me, and, behold, I must die; whereas I never did such things as these men have maliciously invented against me. And the Lord heard her voice. Therefore when she was led to be put to death, the Lord raised up the holy spirit of a young youth whose name was Daniel: Who cried with a loud voice, I am clear from the blood of this woman. Then all the people turned them toward him, and said, What mean these words that thou hast spoken? So he standing in the midst of them said, Are ye such fools, ye sons of Israel, that without examination or knowledge of the truth ye have condemned a daughter of Israel? Return again to the place of judgment: for they have borne false witness against her. Wherefore all the people turned again in haste, and the elders said unto him, Come, sit down among us, and shew it us, seeing God hath given thee the honour of an elder. Then said Daniel unto them, Put these two aside one far from another, and I will examine them. So when they were put asunder one from another, he called one of them, and said unto him, O thou that art waxen old in wickedness, now thy sins which thou hast committed aforetime are come to light. For thou hast pronounced false judgment and hast condemned the innocent and hast let the guilty go free; albeit the Lord saith, The innocent and righteous shalt thou not slay. Now then, if thou hast seen her, tell me, Under what tree sawest thou them companying together? Who answered, Under a mastick tree. And Daniel said, Very well; thou hast lied against thine own head; for even now the angel of God hath received the sentence of God to cut thee in two. So he put him aside, and commanded to bring the other, and said unto him, O thou seed of Chanaan, and not of Juda, beauty hath deceived thee, and lust hath perverted thine heart. Thus have ye dealt with the daughters of Israel, and they for fear companied with you: but the daughter of Juda would not abide your wickedness. Now therefore tell me, Under what tree didst thou take them companying together? Who answered, Under an holm tree. Then said Daniel unto him, Well; thou hast also lied against thine own head: for the angel of God waiteth with the sword to cut thee in two, that he may destroy you. With that all the assembly cried out with a loud voice, and praised God, who saveth them that trust in him. And they arose against the two elders, for Daniel had convicted them of false witness by their own mouth: And according to the law of Moses they did unto them in such sort as they maliciously intended to do to their neighbour: and they put them to death. Thus the innocent blood was saved the same day.

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R006 – 6th Week of Lent

6th Week of Lent

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week

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Monday 

Collect: Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified; mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the Cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace. Through the same Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

For the Epistle: Isaiah 63:1-19 (Isaiah contrasts all of Israel’s wanderings and straying from the Lord with His faithfulness to them as His people.)

Gospel: St Mark 14:1-72 (The first part of the Passion of our Lord according to Mark. The second part is the Gospel for tomorrow, Tuesday of Holy Week.)

Oratio supra populum: Help us, O God of our salvation: and grant that we whom thou hast vouchsafed to redeem by thine inestimable benefits, may come with gladness to commemorate the same. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Tuesday 

Collect: O Lord God, whose blessed Son, our Saviour, gave his back to the smiters and hid not his face from shame: grant us grace to take joyfully the sufferings of the present time, in full assurance of the glory that shall be revealed. Through the same Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

For the Epistle: Isaiah 50:5-11. (Isaiah prophesizes the sufferings which Jesus shall endure so that He may bring about our redemption.)

Gospel: St Mark 15:1-37 (The continuation of the Passion according to St. Mark.)

Oratio supra populum: We beseech thee, O Lord, that we being cleansed by thy mercy from the corruption of our former sins, may be renewed in all holiness of living. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Wednesday 

Collect: Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God: that we, who are continually afflicted by reason of our transgressions, may be delivered by the passion of thine only-begotten Son, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Lesson: Isaiah 53:1-12 (Isaiah describes the coming sufferings and the redemptive death of Jesus Christ in some of the most moving poetry found in Holy Scripture. Jesus is the “man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.”)

2nd Collect: Assist us mercifully with thy help, O Lord God of our salvation: that we may enter with joy upon the meditation of those mighty acts, whereby thou hast given unto us life and immortality. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Epistle: Hebrews 9:16-28 (Jesus Christ is the fulfilment of the Law given to Moses. The former covenant foreshadows in its ceremonies His passion which confirms the new covenant of our Redemption.)

Gospel: St Luke 22:1-71 (The first part of the Passion according to St. Luke. The second part – Luke 23 – is read tomorrow at the Liturgy of Holy Thursday.)

Oratio supra populum: Almighty God, we beseech thee graciously to behold this thy family, for which our Lord Jesus Christ was contented to be betrayed, and given up into the hands of wicked men, and to suffer death upon the Cross: Who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

R005 – 5th Week of Lent

5th Week of Lent

Passion Week

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Monday

Collect: Let thy bountiful goodness, O Lord, we beseech thee, sanctify this our fasting: and effectually bestow upon us the remission of all our sins. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

For the Epistle: Jonah 3:1-10 (Nineveh, from highest to lowest, repents and does penance after hearing Jonah’s preaching of the Lord’s judgment on them.)

Gospel: St John 7:32 (Jesus is the Living Water; if any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink.)

Oratio supra populum: Keep, we beseech thee, O Lord, thy faithful people, both outwardly in their bodies and inwardly in their souls: that they, cleaving stedfastly to all good works, may ever be defended by thy mighty power. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Tuesday

Collect: Grant, O Lord, we pray thee, that this our fasting may be acceptable in thy sight: that we being cleansed from our sins, and made worthy of thy grace, may be made whole unto everlasting life. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

For the Epistle: Bel and the Dragon, 29-42. (Daniel was imprisoned in a den of lions in Babylon because he refused to recognize any god, particularly Bel, as the Living and True God. An angel of the Lord carried the prophet Habacuc from Israel to Babylon, there to give food to Daniel. The king of Babylon then finds Daniel to be unhurt and immediately acknowledges the Lord God with fear and trembling.)

Gospel: St John 7:1-13 (Jesus goes up from Galilee to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles in secret as His time had not yet come. The Pharisees and others seek Him in vain.)

Oratio supra populum: Grant to us, Lord, we beseech thee, grace so to continue stedfastly in obedience to thy will: that in our time the number of the faithful people may be multiplied and the worthiness of their service increased. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Wednesday

Collect: O merciful God, we beseech thee to sanctify this our fasting to the enlightenment of the hearts of thy faithfyul people: that we, to whom thou hast given an hearty desire to pray, may obtain of thy loving-kindness the fulfillment of all our petitions. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

For the Epistle: Leviticus 19:10-19 (At God’s command, Moses expounds the Ten Commandments to the people.)

Gospel: St John 10:22-38 (At the feast of the Dedication of the Temple, the Jews cam to Jesus in the Temple and asked him plainly whether He was the Christ or not. Jesus answers them by directing them to His great miracles. He clearly states that He is the Son of the Father and does the work of His Father.)

Oratio supra populum: Assist us mercifully, O Lord, in these our supplications: that we whom thou dost suffer to put our trust and confidence in thy mercy, may of thy goodness obtain the wonted effects of thy compassion. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Thursday

Collect: Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God: that we,which by our incontinence have corrupted the worthiness of man’s condition, may by devout abstinence heal and restore the same.  Through Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

For the Epistle: The Song of the Three Children (Azarias and his companions praise God from the midst of the fiery furnace for His deliverance of them.)

Gospel: St Luke 7:36-50 (While Jesus was at dinner with a Pharisee named Sion, a woman of ill repute brought costly ointment and with it anointed the feet of Christ, wiping them with her hair. In response to Simon, Jesus tells the parable of the two debtors who could not pay their debt to their creditor.)

Oratio supra populum: We beseech thee, O Lord, mercifully to have compassion on thy people: that we, eschewing those things that are contrary to thy good pleasure, may be fulfilled with gladness by the walking after thy commandments. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Friday

Collect: We beseech thee, O Lord, mercifully to pour thy grace into our hearts: that we, who willingly by the chastisement of the flesh do refrain from sin, may in such wise mortify ourselves in this life, that we may be delivered in the end from everlasting damnation. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

For the Epistle: Jeremiah 17:13-18 (Jeremiah begs the Lord, the fountain of living waters, for healing and salvation.)

Gospel: St John 11:47-54 (The Pharisees plot to kill Jesus. Caiaphas, the High Priest, cynically states that it is expedient for one man – Jesus – to die for the people. Jesus then goes to Ephraim.)

Oratio supra populum: Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God: that we, who seek the grace of thy protection, may ever be delivered from all evils and faithfully serve thee with a quiet mind. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saturday

Collect: Grant, O Lord, that thy people, which are consecrated to thy service may continually increase in all godly affections: that they being duly instructed in all holy learning, may both be made the more acceptable unto thy divine majesty, and prospered more abundantly in the gifts of thy bounty. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

For the Epistle: Jeremiah 18:18-23 (The Jews frowardly fail to obey the admonitions of Jeremiah and so he prophesies their destruction.)

Gospel: St John 12:10-50 (Jesus enters Jerusalem triumphantly. Some strangers go to Philip and ask him to bring them to Jesus. Jesus foretells His crucifixion.)

Oratio supra populum: Stretch forth, O Lord, we pray thee, thy right hand to be the defense of thy people that calleth upon thee: that they, being cleansed from all their sins and taught in thy holy will, may in such wise obtain thy comfort in this present life, that they may in such wise obtain thy comfort in this present life, that they may grow in grace to the attainment of everlasting felicity. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

R004 – 4th Week of Lent

4th Week of Lent

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NOTE: The 4th week of Lent is the most important week of Lent (before Holy Week, of course). During this week, candidates for Baptism were given a final scrutiny and preparation for this Sacrament. 

Monday

Collect: Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God: that we who year by year devoutly keep this holy ordinance of fasting, may serve thee acceptably both in body and soul. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

For the Epistle: 1 Kings 3:16-28 (Two women come before King Solomon. Both had infants but one died during the night. Both claim the live one. Solomon shows Wisdom by deciding between them)

Gospel: St John 2:13-25 (St. John’s account of Jesus’ cleansing of the Temple from the moneychangers, etc.)

Oratio supra populum: O Lord, we beseech thee, graciously to hear our prayers: and grant that we to whom thou hast given an hearty desire to pray, may ever be defended by thy mighty power. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Tuesday

Collect: We beseech thee, O Lord, that we may in such wise observe this solemn ordinance of fasting: that by reason of the same we may increas in all godliness of conversation, and effectually obtain the continual succour of thy mercy. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

For the Epistle: Exodus 32:7-14 (Moses is before God to receive the Ten Commandments of the Covenant. The people of Israel get impatient and fashion a golden idol for themselves. God threatens to destroy them but Moses intercedes for them to God.)

Gospel: St John 7:14-30 (Jesus teaches in the Temple to the dismay of some of the rulers. But Christ explicitly claims that what He teaches is not from Himself but from His Father. Many believe but others try to capture Him and fail.)

Oratio supra populum: Have mercy, O Lord, we pray thee, upon us thy people: that we, which are sore vexed by many and great tribulations, by the comfort of thy grace may be relieved. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Wednesday

Collect: O God, who dost grant unto the righteous the reward of their godliness, and unto sinners that turn unto thee with fasting the pardon of their offences: have compassion, we pray thee, upon us thy humble servants: that we, confessing the sins which we have committed, may obtain of thee the remission of all our iniquities. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

The First Lesson. Ezekiel 36:23-28 (The Prophet Ezekiel proclaims to the people that God will rescue them from captivity and cleanse them from sin. They will be His people and He will be their God.)

2nd Collect: Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that we duly mortifying the flesh by this our abstinence, may inwardly rejoice in holiness of spirit: that being delivered from all earthly and carnal affections we may speedily obtain thy heavenly promises. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

The 2nd Lesson. Isaiah 1:16-19 (The Prophet tells of the sure reward that will come to those who truly repent.)

Gospel: St John 9:1-38 (Jesus heals the man born blind and proclaims Himself to be the Saviour. The man born blind falls at his knees and worships Him.)

Oratio supra populum: Let thy merciful ears, O Lord, be open to the prayers of thy humble servants: and that they may obtain their petitions make them to ask such things as shall please thee. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Thursday

Collect: Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God: that we, duly mortifying the flesh by this our abstinence, may inwardly rejoice in holiness of spirit; that being delivered from all earthly and carnal affections, we may speedily obtain thy heavenly promises.  Through Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

For the Epistle: 2nd Kings 4:25-37 (The Prophet Elisha is able to restore the son of a Shunammite woman to life after he had died of some sort of stroke. In this Elisha is clearly a type of Christ.)

Gospel: St Luke 7:11-16 (Christ effortlessly recalls the son of a widow of Nain to life. Those who witness it glorify God saying that He has raised up a great Prophet for them.)

Oratio supra populum: O God, the creator and governour of thy faithful people: we beseech thee, that thou wouldest drive far from us all the assaults of temptation; that we, being ever found acceptable in thy sight, may by thee be defended from the fear of our enemies. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Friday

Collect: O God, who hast ordained thine ineffable sacraments for the regeneration of all men: we humbly beseech thee, that thy Church, being profited by the same to her advancement in all things spiritual, may likewise fail not of thy succor in all things temporal. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

For the Epistle: 1 Kings 17:7-24 (Elijah the Prophet restored to life the son of a woman who had befriended him.)

Gospel: St John 11:1-45 (Lazarus, a close friend of Jesus, was ill and Jesus was summoned by Mary and Martha, Lazarus’ sisters. He arrived after several days to find that Lazarus has died and been in his tomb four days. Nevertheless, at the request of Martha, He called Lazarus forth from the tomb and restored him to his sisters alive.)

Oratio supra populum: Almighty God, who seest that we, knowing ourselves to be compassed about by many and great infirmities, do put our whole trust and confidence in thy mighty power, may evermore rejoice in the abundance of thy loving-kindness. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saturday

Collect: O God, forasmuch as our fast is unprofitable unto us, unless it be acceptable unto thy loving-kindness: grant, we beseech thee, that the devout affection of our hearts may by thy grace be rendered abundant in the fruit of all good works. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

For the Epistle: Isaiah 49:8-15

Gospel: St John 8:12-20

Oratio supra populum: O God, who wouldest not be wroth with them that put their trust in thee, but rather shewest mercy unto them: grant unto us, we pray thee, so rightly to bewail the sins, which we have committed, that we may be found worthy to obtain the comfort of thy grace. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

R003 – 3rd Week of Lent

3rd Week of Lent

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Monday

Collect: we beseech thee, O Lord, mercifully to pour thy grace into our hearts: that like as we do refrain our bodies from carnal feastings, so we may be inwardly delivered from all wantoness that may hurt the soul. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

For the Epistle: 2 Kings 5:1-15

Gospel: St Luke 4:23-30

Oratio supra populum: Assist us, O Lord, we pray thee, with the help of thy mercy: that whereas through our sins and wickedness, we are sore beset by many and great dangers, we may be found worth to be defended from the same by thy protection and preserved by thy deliverance. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Tuesday

Collect: Almighty and most merciful God, we beseech thee graciously to hearken unto our prayers that we may obtain of thy great goodness the gift of continence unto our salvation. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

For the Epistle: 2 Kings 4:1-7

Gospel: St Matthew 18:15-22

Oratio supra populum: We pray thee, O Lord, defend us with thy mighty succor: and preserve us evermore against all the assaults of iniquity. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Wednesday

Collect: Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord, that we being taught by abstinence in the way of salvation, may in such wise learn to refrain ourselves from all vices that may hurt the soul, that we may readily obtain the pardon of thy loving-kindness. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

For the Epistle: Exodus 20:21-24

Gospel: St Matthew 15:1-20

Oratio supra populum: Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God: that we, who seek the grace of thy protection, may by thee be delivered from all evils, and serve thee with a quiet mind. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Thursday

Collect: O God, who in this solemn festival hast bestowed upon thy blessed Saints Cosmas and Damian everlasting glory, and upon us the assistance of thine unspeakable providence: grant, we pray thee, that we, who now observe the same, may use it to the increasing of thy honour and glory.  Through Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

For the Epistle: Jeremiah 7:1-7

Gospel: St Luke 4:38-44

Oratio supra populum: Grant, O Lord, we pray thee, that the abundance of thy heavenly favour may strengthen and increase thy people: and make them ever to walk obediently after thy commandments. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Friday

Collect: Assist, O Lord, we pray thee, this our fasting with thy most gracious favour: that like as we do refrain from food in our outward bodies, so we may fast from sin in our inward souls. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

For the Epistle: Numbers 20:1-13

Gospel: St John 4:5-42

Oratio supra populum: Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God: that we, who put our trust and confidence in thy mercy, may by thee be enabled to overcome all adversities. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saturday

Collect: Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God: that like as we thy family do abstain from food to the mortifying of the flesh; so we may likewise fast from sin to the following after righteousness. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

For the Epistle: Susanna 1-62

Gospel: St John 8:1-11

Oratio supra populum: Stretch forth, O Lord, we pray thee, on thy faithful people the right hand of thy heavenly succor: that they, diligently seeking thee with all their hearts, may be found worthy to obtain those things that they have asked according to thy will. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

R002 – 2nd Week of Lent

2nd Week of Lent

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Monday

Collect: Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God: that, like as we thy family do abstain from food to the mortifying of the flesh; so we may likewise fast from sin to the following after righteousness. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

For the Epistle: Daniel 9:15-19

Gospel: St John 8:21-29 2

Oratio supra populum: Assist us mercifully, O Lord in these our supplications: that we, whom thou dost suffer to put our trust and confidence in thy mercy, may of thy goodness obtain the wonted effects of thy compassion. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Tuesday

Collect: O most merciful God, we beseech thee so to perfect in us the work of this holy observance: that we, who by thine inspiration know those things that we ought to do, may likewise by thee be enabled to perform the same. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

For the Epistle: 1 Kings 17:8-16

Gospel: St Matthew 23:1-12

Oratio supra populum: We beseech thee, O Lord, to have compassion on our prayers: that, the infirmities of our souls being healed, we may obtain of thee the remission of all our sins, and evermore rejoice in thy heavenly benediction. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Wednesday

Collect: We beseech thee, O Lord, graciously to hear the prayers of thy people: that we, who by thine ordinance abstain from carnal food, may likewise be delivered from all sins that hurt the soul. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

For the Epistle: Esther 13:8-17

Gospel: St Matthew 20:17-28

Oratio supra populum: O God, the restorer and lover of innocency, we beseech thee to direct unto thyself the hearts of us thy servants: that being kindled with the fire of thy Spirit, we may be found steadfast in faith, and effectually given to all good works. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Thursday

Collect: Grant to us, Lord, we beseech thee, the help of thy grace: that we, being devoutly given to abstinence and prayer, may be preserved both in body and soul from all the assults of our enemies. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

For the Epistle: Jeremiah 17:5-10

Gospel: St Luke 16:19-31

Oratio supra populum: Assist, O Lord, we pray thee, us thy servants, who call on the perpetual bounty of thy loving-kindness: and, forasmuch as we do glory in thee alone, our author and our governor, vouchsafe that we may be in all things united and restored by thee, and evermore preserved in that state, whereunto thou dost restore us. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Friday

Collect: Almighty God, we humbly beseech thee, that we may in such wise be cleansed by this holy time of fasting, that we may keep the coming feast in all sincerity. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

For the Epistle: Genesis 37:6-23

Gospel: St Matthew 21:33-46

Oratio supra populum: Keep, we beseech thee, O Lord, thy faithful people both outwardly in their bodies and inwardly in their souls: that they, cleaving steadfastly to all good works, may ever be defended by thy mighty power. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saturday

Collect: Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord, that we, who now do submit ourselves to the mortifying of the flesh, may be profited thereby to the quickening of our souls. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

For the Epistle: Genesis 27:6-39

Gospel: St Luke 15:11-32

Oratio supra populum: O Lord, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion: that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace, may evermore be defended by thy heavenly protection. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.