I will sing of mercy and justice; To You, O LORD, I will sing praises. (2)
I will behave wisely in a perfect way. Oh, when will You come to me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. (3)
I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not cling to me. (4)
A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will not know wickedness. (5)
Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, Him I will destroy; The one who has a haughty look and a proud heart, Him I will not endure. (6)
My eyes shall be on the faithful of the land, That they may dwell with me; He who walks in a perfect way, He shall serve me. (7)
He who works deceit shall not dwell within my house; He who tells lies shall not continue in my presence. (8)
Early I will destroy all the wicked of the land, That I may cut off all the evildoers from the city of the LORD.Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
Do not keep silent, O God of my praise! (2)
For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful Have opened against me; They have spoken against me with a lying tongue. (3)
They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, And fought against me without a cause. (4)
In return for my love they are my accusers, But I give myself to prayer. (5)
Thus they have rewarded me evil for good, And hatred for my love. (6)
Set a wicked man over him, And let an accuser stand at his right hand. (7)
When he is judged, let him be found guilty, And let his prayer become sin. (8)
Let his days be few, And let another take his office. (9)
Let his children be fatherless, And his wife a widow. (10)
Let his children continually be vagabonds, and beg; Let them seek their bread also from their desolate places. (11)
Let the creditor seize all that he has, And let strangers plunder his labor. (12)
Let there be none to extend mercy to him, Nor let there be any to favor his fatherless children. (13)
Let his posterity be cut off, And in the generation following let their name be blotted out. (14)
Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the LORD, And let not the sin of his mother be blotted out. (15)
Let them be continually before the LORD, That He may cut off the memory of them from the earth; (16)
Because he did not remember to show mercy, But persecuted the poor and needy man, That he might even slay the broken in heart. (17)
As he loved cursing, so let it come to him; As he did not delight in blessing, so let it be far from him. (18)
As he clothed himself with cursing as with his garment, So let it enter his body like water, And like oil into his bones. (19)
Let it be to him like the garment which covers him, And for a belt with which he girds himself continually. (20)
Let this be the LORD's reward to my accusers, And to those who speak evil against my person. (21)
But You, O GOD the Lord, Deal with me for Your name's sake; Because Your mercy is good, deliver me. (22)
For I am poor and needy, And my heart is wounded within me. (23)
I am gone like a shadow when it lengthens; I am shaken off like a locust. (24)
My knees are weak through fasting, And my flesh is feeble from lack of fatness. (25)
I also have become a reproach to them; When they look at me, they shake their heads. (26)
Help me, O LORD my God! Oh, save me according to Your mercy, (27)
That they may know that this is Your hand -- That You, LORD, have done it! (28)
Let them curse, but You bless; When they arise, let them be ashamed, But let Your servant rejoice. (29)
Let my accusers be clothed with shame, And let them cover themselves with their own disgrace as with a mantle. (30)
I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; Yes, I will praise Him among the multitude.Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
And the king said to Joab, 'All right, I have granted this thing. Go therefore, bring back the young man Absalom.' (22)
Then Joab fell to the ground on his face and bowed himself, and thanked the king. And Joab said, 'Today your servant knows that I have found favor in your sight, my lord, O king, in that the king has fulfilled the request of his servant.' (23)
So Joab arose and went to Geshur, and brought Absalom to Jerusalem. (24)
And the king said, 'Let him return to his own house, but do not let him see my face.' So Absalom returned to his own house, but did not see the king's face. (25)
Now in all Israel there was no one who was praised as much as Absalom for his good looks. From the sole of his foot to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him. (26)
And when he cut the hair of his head -- at the end of every year he cut it because it was heavy on him -- when he cut it, he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels according to the king's standard. (27)
To Absalom were born three sons, and one daughter whose name was Tamar. She was a woman of beautiful appearance. (28)
And Absalom dwelt two full years in Jerusalem, but did not see the king's face. (29)
Therefore Absalom sent for Joab, to send him to the king, but he would not come to him. And when he sent again the second time, he would not come. (30)
So he said to his servants, 'See, Joab's field is near mine, and he has barley there; go and set it on fire.' And Absalom's servants set the field on fire. (31)
Then Joab arose and came to Absalom's house, and said to him, 'Why have your servants set my field on fire?' (32)
And Absalom answered Joab, 'Look, I sent to you, saying, 'Come here, so that I may send you to the king, to say, 'Why have I come from Geshur? It would be better for me to be there still.' ' Now therefore, let me see the king's face; but if there is iniquity in me, let him execute me.' (33)
So Joab went to the king and told him. And when he had called for Absalom, he came to the king and bowed himself on his face to the ground before the king. Then the king kissed Absalom. The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
And after those days we packed and went up to Jerusalem. (16)
Also some of the disciples from Caesarea went with us and brought with them a certain Mnason of Cyprus, an early disciple, with whom we were to lodge. (17)
And when we had come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly. (18)
On the following day Paul went in with us to James, and all the elders were present. (19)
When he had greeted them, he told in detail those things which God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry. (20)
And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord. And they said to him, 'You see, brother, how many myriads of Jews there are who have believed, and they are all zealous for the law; (21)
but they have been informed about you that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children nor to walk according to the customs. (22)
What then? The assembly must certainly meet, for they will hear that you have come. (23)
Therefore do what we tell you: We have four men who have taken a vow. (24)
Take them and be purified with them, and pay their expenses so that they may shave their heads, and that all may know that those things of which they were informed concerning you are nothing, but that you yourself also walk orderly and keep the law. (25)
But concerning the Gentiles who believe, we have written and decided that they should observe no such thing, except that they should keep themselves from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality.' (26)
Then Paul took the men, and the next day, having been purified with them, entered the temple to announce the expiration of the days of purification, at which time an offering should be made for each one of them. The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, 'Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?' (18)
So Jesus said to him, 'Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. (19)
You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery,' 'Do not murder,' 'Do not steal,' 'Do not bear false witness,' 'Do not defraud,' 'Honor your father and your mother.' ' (20)
And he answered and said to Him, 'Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.' (21)
Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, 'One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.' (22)
But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. (23)
Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, 'How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!' (24)
And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, 'Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! (25)
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.' (26)
And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, 'Who then can be saved?' (27)
But Jesus looked at them and said, 'With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.' (28)
Then Peter began to say to Him, 'See, we have left all and followed You.' (29)
So Jesus answered and said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel's, (30)
who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time -- houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions -- and in the age to come, eternal life. (31)
But many who are first will be last, and the last first.' The Gospel of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.Canticles can be prayed or sung after each reading or after all readings.
20 Glory to God
Gloria in excelsis
Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
receive our prayer.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
The Apostles' Creed *Officiant and People together, all standing
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen. The Prayers *The People stand or kneel Officiant :
The Lord be with you.People :
And with your Spirit.Officiant :
Let us pray.
The Lord's Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,  thy kingdom come, thy will be done,  on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our trespasses,  as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power,
and the glory,forever and ever. Amen.
Then follows one of these sets of Suffrages
Show us your mercy, O Lord;
And grant us your salvation.
Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
Let your people sing with joy.
Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;
For only in you can we live in safety.
Lord, keep this nation under your care;
And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
Let your way be known upon earth;
Your saving health among all nations.
Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Create in us clean hearts, O God;
And sustain us by your Holy Spirit.
Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance;
Govern and uphold them, now and always.
Day by day we bless you;
We praise your name for ever.
Lord, keep us from all sin today;
Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.
Lord, show us your love and mercy;
For we put our trust in you.
In you, Lord, is our hope;
And we shall never hope in vain.
The Collect of the Day: Proper 14 The Sunday closest to August 10
Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always
those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without
you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Collect of the Day: A Collect for Grace(Wednesday)
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have
brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your
mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome
by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of
your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.A Prayer for Mission:
Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen.A Time for Personal Prayers Authorized intercessions and thanksgivings may follow. Consider praying for yourself, your family and friends, lay your burdens on Jesus Christ, intercede for those hurting, pray in tongues when you lack the words.
Before the close of the Office, one or both of the prayers below may be used
The General Thanksgiving
Officiant and People
Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.
A Prayer of St. Chrysostom
Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.
Then may be said The Officiant may then conclude with one of the following
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore.
Amen. 2 Corinthians 13:14 ---or---
May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Romans 15:13---or---
Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from
generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20,21This concludes the Daily Morning Prayer, Go in Peace to Love and Serve the Lord