Wednesday of Holy Week – Morning Prayer

Psalm 55

1 Hear my prayer,O God;*
do not hide yourself from my petition.

2 Listen to me and answer me;*
I have no peace, because of my cares.

3 I am shaken by the noise of the enemy*
and by the pressure of the wicked;

4 For they have cast an evil spell upon me*
and are set against me in fury.

5 My heart quakes within me,*
and the terrors of death have fallen upon me.

6 Fear and trembling have come over me,*
and horror overwhelms me.

7 And I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove!*
I would fly away and be at rest.

8 I would flee to a far-off place*
and make my lodging in the wilderness.

9 I would hasten to escape*
from the stormy wind and tempest.”

10 Swallow them up, O Lord;
confound their speech;*
for I have seen violence and strife in the city.

11 Day and night the watchmen make their rounds upon her walls,*
but trouble and misery are in the midst of her.

12 There is corruption at her heart;*
her streets are never free of oppression and deceit.

13 For had it been an adversary who taunted me,
then I could have borne it;*
or had it been an enemy who vaunted himself against me,
then I could have hidden from him.

14 But it was you, a man after my own heart,*
my companion, my own familiar friend.

15 We took sweet counsel together,*
and walked with the throng in the house of God.

16 Let death come upon them suddenly;
let them go down alive to the grave;*
for wickedness is in their dwellings, in their very midst.

17 But I will call upon God,*
and the LORD will deliver me.

18 In the evening, in the morning, and at noonday,
I will complain and lament,*
and he will hear my voice.

19 He will bring me safely back from the battle waged against me;*
for there are many who fight me.

20 God, who is enthroned of old, will hear me and bring them down;*
they never change; they do not fear God.

21 My companion stretched forth his hand against his comrade;*
he has broken his covenant.

22 His speech is softer than butter,*
but war is in his heart.

23 His words are smoother than oil,*
but they are drawn swords.

24 Cast your burden upon the LORD,
and he will sustain you;*
he will never let the righteous stumble.

25 For you will bring the bloodthirsty and deceitful*
down to the pit of destruction, O God.

26 They shall not live out half their days,*
but I will put my trust in you.

 

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Tuesday of Holy Week – Evening Prayer

Psalm 94

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday of Holy Week – Morning Prayer

Psalm 6

1 LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger; *
do not punish me in your wrath.

2 Have pity on me, LORD, for I am weak; *
heal me, LORD, for my bones are racked.

3 My spirit shakes with terror; *
how long, O LORD, how long?

4 Turn, O LORD, and deliver me; *
save me for your mercy’s sake.

5 For in death no one remembers you; *
and who will give you thanks in the grave?

6 I grow weary because of my groaning; *
every night I drench my bed
and flood my couch with tears.

7 My eyes are wasted with grief *
and worn away because of all my enemies.

8 Depart from me, all evildoers, *
for the LORD has heard the sound of my weeping.

9 The LORD has heard my supplication; *
the LORD accepts my prayer.

10 All my enemies shall be confounded and quake with fear; *
they shall turn back and suddenly be put to shame.

 

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Monday of Holy Week – Evening Prayer

Psalm 69

1 Save me, O God,*
for the waters have risen up to my neck.

2 I am sinking in deep mire,*
and there is no firm ground for my feet.

3 I have come into deep waters,*
and the torrent washes over me.

4 I have grown weary with my crying;
my throat is inflamed;*
my eyes have failed from looking for my God.

5 Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head;
my lying foes who would destroy me are mighty.*
Must I then give back what I never stole?

6 O God, you know my foolishness,*
and my faults are not hidden from you.

7 Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, Lord GOD of hosts;*
let not those who seek you be disgraced because of me, O God of Israel.

8 Surely, for your sake have I suffered reproach,*
and shame has covered my face.

9 I have become a stranger to my own kindred,*
an alien to my mother’s children.

10 Zeal for your house has eaten me up;*
the scorn of those who scorn you has fallen upon me.

11 I humbled myself with fasting,*
but that was turned to my reproach.

12 I put on sack-cloth also,*
and became a byword among them.

13 Those who sit at the gate murmur against me,*
and the drunkards make songs about me.

14 But as for me, this is my prayer to you,*
at the time you have set, O LORD:

15 “In your great mercy, O God,*
answer me with your unfailing help.

16 Save me from the mire; do not let me sink;*
let me be rescued from those who hate me
and out of the deep waters.

17 Let not the torrent of waters wash over me,
neither let the deep swallow me up;*
do not let the Pit shut its mouth upon me.

18 Answer me, O LORD, for your love is kind;*
in your great compassion, turn to me.”

19 “Hide not your face from your servant;*
be swift and answer me, for I am in distress.

20 Draw near to me and redeem me;*
because of my enemies deliver me.

21 You know my reproach, my shame, and my dishonor;*
my adversaries are all in your sight.”

22 Reproach has broken my heart, and it cannot be healed;*
I looked for sympathy, but there was none,
for comforters, but I could find no one.

23 They gave me gall to eat,*
and when I was thirsty, they gave me vinegar to drink.

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Monday of Holy Week – Morning Prayer

Psalm 51

1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving-kindness;*
in your great compassion blot out my offenses.

2 Wash me through and through from my wickedness*
and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I know my transgressions,*
and my sin is ever before me.

4 Against you only have I sinned*
and done what is evil in your sight.

5 And so you are justified when you speak*
and upright in your judgment.

6 Indeed, I have been wicked from my birth,*
a sinner from my mother’s womb.

7 For behold, you look for truth deep within me,*
and will make me understand wisdom secretly.

8 Purge me from my sin, and I shall be pure;*
wash me, and I shall be clean indeed.

9 Make me hear of joy and gladness,*
that the body you have broken may rejoice.

10 Hide your face from my sins*
and blot out all my iniquities.

11 Create in me a clean heart, O God,*
and renew a right spirit within me.

12 Cast me not away from your presence*
and take not your holy Spirit from me.

13 Give me the joy of your saving help again*
and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.

14 I shall teach your ways to the wicked,*
and sinners shall return to you.

15 Deliver me from death, O God,*
and my tongue shall sing of your righteousness,
O God of my salvation.

16 Open my lips, O Lord,*
and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.

17 Had you desired it, I would have offered sacrifice,*
but you take no delight in burnt-offerings.

18 The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit;*
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

19 Be favorable and gracious to Zion,*
and rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.

20 Then you will be pleased with the appointed sacrifices,
with burnt-offerings and oblations;*
then shall they offer young bullocks upon your altar.

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Palm Sunday – Evening Prayer

Psalm 103

1 Bless the LORD, O my soul,*
and all that is within me, bless his holy Name.

2 Bless the LORD, O my soul,*
and forget not all his benefits.

3 He forgives all your sins*
and heals all your infirmities;

4 He redeems your life from the grave*
and crowns you with mercy and loving-kindness;

5 He satisfies you with good things,*
and your youth is renewed like an eagle’s.

6 The LORD executes righteousness*
and judgment for all who are oppressed.

7 He made his ways known to Moses*
and his works to the children of Israel.

8 The LORD is full of compassion and mercy,*
slow to anger and of great kindness.

9 He will not always accuse us,*
nor will he keep his anger for ever.

10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,*
nor rewarded us according to our wickedness.

11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,*
so is his mercy great upon those who fear him.

12 As far as the east is from the west,*
so far has he removed our sins from us.

13 As a father cares for his children,*
so does the LORD care for those who fear him.

14 For he himself knows whereof we are made;*
he remembers that we are but dust.

15 Our days are like the grass;*
we flourish like a flower of the field;

16 When the wind goes over it, it is gone,*
and its place shall know it no more.

17 But the merciful goodness of the LORD endures for ever on those who fear him,*
and his righteousness on children’s children;

18 On those who keep his covenant*
and remember his commandments and do them.

19 The LORD has set his throne in heaven,*
and his kingship has dominion over all.

20 Bless the LORD, you angels of his,
you mighty ones who do his bidding,*
and hearken to the voice of his word.

21 Bless the LORD, all you his hosts,*
you ministers of his who do his will.

22 Bless the LORD, all you works of his,
in all places of his dominion;*
bless the LORD, O my soul.

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Palm Sunday – Morning Prayer

Psalm 24

1 The earth is the LORD’S and all that is in it, *
the world and all who dwell therein.

2 For it is he who founded it upon the seas*
and made it firm upon the rivers of the deep.

3 “Who can ascend the hill of the LORD?*
and who can stand in his holy place?”

4 “Those who have clean hands and a pure heart, *
who have not pledged themselves to falsehood,
nor sworn by what is a fraud.

5 They shall receive a blessing from the LORD*
and a just reward from the God of their salvation.”

6 Such is the generation of those who seek him, *
of those who seek your face, O God of Jacob.

7 Lift up your heads, O gates;
lift them high, O everlasting doors; *
and the King of glory shall come in.

8 “Who is this King of glory?” *
“The LORD, strong and mighty,
the LORD, mighty in battle.”

9 Lift up your heads, O gates;
lift them high, O everlasting doors; *
and the King of glory shall come in.

10 “Who is he, this King of glory?”*
“The LORD of hosts,
he is the King of glory.”

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Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent – Evening Prayer

Psalm 42

1 As the deer longs for the water-brooks,*
so longs my soul for you, O God.

2 My soul is athirst for God, athirst for the living God;*
when shall I come to appear before the presence of God?

3 My tears have been my food day and night,*
while all day long they say to me,
“Where now is your God?”

4 I pour out my soul when I think on these things;*
how I went with the multitude and led them into the house of God,

5 With the voice of praise and thanksgiving,*
among those who keep holy-day.

6 Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul?*
and why are you so disquieted within me?

7 Put your trust in God;*
for I will yet give thanks to him,
who is the help of my countenance, and my God.

8 My soul is heavy within me;*
therefore I will remember you from the land of Jordan,
and from the peak of Mizar among the heights of Hermon.

9 One deep calls to another in the noise of your cataracts;*
all your rapids and floods have gone over me.

10 The LORD grants his loving-kindness in the daytime;*
in the night season his song is with me,
a prayer to the God of my life.

11 I will say to the God of my strength,
“Why have you forgotten me?*
and why do I go so heavily while the enemy oppresses me?”

12 While my bones are being broken,*
my enemies mock me to my face;

13 All day long they mock me*
and say to me, “Where now is your God?”

14 Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul?*
and why are you so disquieted within me?

15 Put your trust in God;*
for I will yet give thanks to him,
who is the help of my countenance, and my God.

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Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent – Morning Prayer

Psalm 137

1 By the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept,*
when we remembered you, O Zion.

2 As for our harps, we hung them up*
on the trees in the midst of that land.

3 For those who led us away captive asked us for a song,
and our oppressors called for mirth:*
“Sing us one of the songs of Zion.”

4 How shall we sing the LORD’S song*
upon an alien soil?

5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem,*
let my right hand forget its skill.

6 Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth
if I do not remember you,*
if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy.

7 Remember the day of Jerusalem, O LORD,
against the people of Edom,*
who said, “Down with it! down with it!
even to the ground!”

8 O Daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction,*
happy the one who pays you back
for what you have done to us!

9 Happy shall he be who takes your little ones,*
and dashes them against the rock!

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Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent – Evening Prayer

Psalm 141

1 O LORD, I call to you; come to me quickly;*
hear my voice when I cry to you.

2 Let my prayer be set forth in your sight as incense, *
the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

3 Set a watch before my mouth, O LORD,
and guard the door of my lips;*
let not my heart incline to any evil thing.

4 Let me not be occupied in wickedness with evildoers, *
nor eat of their choice foods.

5 Let the righteous smite me in friendly rebuke;
let not the oil of the unrighteous anoint my head;*
for my prayer is continually against their wicked deeds.

6 Let their rulers be overthrown in stony places,*
that they may know my words are true.

7 As when a plowman turns over the earth in furrows,*
let their bones be scattered at the mouth of the grave.

8 But my eyes are turned to you, Lord GOD;*
in you I take refuge;
do not strip me of my life.

9 Protect me from the snare which they have laid for me *
and from the traps of the evildoers.

10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets,*
while I myself escape.

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