Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; *
I was glad when they said to me, 'Let us go to the house of the Lord.' Psalm 122:1 Confession of Sin
Dearly beloved, we have come together in the presence of Almighty God our heavenly Father, to set forth his praise, to hear his holy Word, and to ask, for ourselves and on behalf of others, those things that are necessary for our life and our salvation. And so that we may prepare ourselves in heart and mind to worship him, let us kneel in silence, and with penitent and obedient hearts confess our sins, that we may obtain forgiveness by his infinite goodness and mercy.or this
Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.
*A deacon or lay person using the preceding form remains kneeling, and substitutes 'us' for 'you' and 'our' for 'your.'
Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life. AmenThe Invitatory and Psalter Officiant:
Lord, open our lips. People:
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise Officiant and People:
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen Alleluia The Invitatory Psalm
Venite Psalm 95:1-7
Come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving
and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.
For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the caverns of the earth,
and the heights of the hills are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands have molded the dry land.
Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee,
and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.
Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice! The following Antiphon may be sung or said
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: Come let us adore him.
Praise the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul. (2)
I will praise the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. (3)
Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save. (4)
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. (5)
Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God, (6)
the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them-- the LORD, who remains faithful forever. (7)
He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free, (8)
the LORD gives sight to the blind, the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves the righteous. (9)
The LORD watches over the alien and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. (10)
The LORD reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise 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 forever. Amen.
Praise the LORD. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him! (2)
The LORD builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the exiles of Israel. (3)
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. (4)
He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. (5)
Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit. (6)
The LORD sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground. (7)
Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; make music to our God on the harp. (8)
He covers the sky with clouds; he supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills. (9)
He provides food for the cattle and for the young ravens when they call. (10)
His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of a man; (11)
the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love. (12)
Extol the LORD, O Jerusalem; praise your God, O Zion, (13)
for he strengthens the bars of your gates and blesses your people within you. (14)
He grants peace to your borders and satisfies you with the finest of wheat. (15)
He sends his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly. (16)
He spreads the snow like wool and scatters the frost like ashes. (17)
He hurls down his hail like pebbles. Who can withstand his icy blast? (18)
He sends his word and melts them; he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow. (19)
He has revealed his word to Jacob, his laws and decrees to Israel. (20)
He has done this for no other nation; they do not know his laws. Praise 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 forever. Amen.
Then the LORD said to Moses, 'Go up this mountain in the Abarim range and see the land I have given the Israelites. (13)
After you have seen it, you too will be gathered to your people, as your brother Aaron was, (14)
for when the community rebelled at the waters in the Desert of Zin, both of you disobeyed my command to honor me as holy before their eyes.' (These were the waters of Meribah Kadesh, in the Desert of Zin.) (15)
Moses said to the LORD, (16)
May the LORD, the God of the spirits of all mankind, appoint a man over this community (17)
to go out and come in before them, one who will lead them out and bring them in, so the LORD's people will not be like sheep without a shepherd.' (18)
So the LORD said to Moses, 'Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay your hand on him. (19)
Have him stand before Eleazar the priest and the entire assembly and commission him in their presence. (20)
Give him some of your authority so the whole Israelite community will obey him. (21)
He is to stand before Eleazar the priest, who will obtain decisions for him by inquiring of the Urim before the LORD. At his command he and the entire community of the Israelites will go out, and at his command they will come in.' (22)
Moses did as the LORD commanded him. He took Joshua and had him stand before Eleazar the priest and the whole assembly. (23)
Then he laid his hands on him and commissioned him, as the LORD instructed through Moses. The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, (12)
so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them. (13)
Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, 'In the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.' (14)
Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. (15)
[One day] the evil spirit answered them, 'Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you?' (16)
Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding. (17)
When this became known to the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus, they were all seized with fear, and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor. (18)
Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed their evil deeds. (19)
A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas. (20)
In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power. The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. (15)
The time has come,' he said. 'The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!' (16)
As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. (17)
Come, follow me,' Jesus said, 'and I will make you fishers of men.' (18)
At once they left their nets and followed him. (19)
When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. (20)
Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him. The Gospel of the Lord.
Thanks be to God. Canticles can be prayed or sung after each reading or after all readings.
16 The Song of Zechariah
Luke 1: 68-79
Can be read after the Old Testament Reading