Daily Bible Reading

Exaudi, Sunday after the Ascension

Chief Hymn: The Lutheran Hymnal #267

Liturgical Color: White

Introit

HEAR, O || Lord, when I cry with my | voice! | - *

Al- | le- | lu- | ia!

|| When You said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will | seek.” | - *

Do not hide Your face from me. Al- | le- | lu- | ia! (Psalm 27:7a, 8-9a)

|| The Lord is my light and my sal- | va- | tion; *

Whom | shall | I | fear?

|| The Lord is the strength of my | life; | - *

Of whom shall I | be | a- | fraid?

|| Teach me Your way, O | Lord, | - *

Do not deliver me to the will of my ad- | ver- | sa- | ries;

|| For false witnesses have risen a- | gainst | me, *

And such as breathe out | vi- | o- | lence. (Psalm 27:1a, 1b, 11–12)

GLORIA PATRI (From Hymnal)

|| Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my | voice! | - *

Al- | le- | lu- | ia!

|| When You said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will | seek.” | - *

Do not hide Your face from me. Al- | le- | lu- | ia! (Psalm 27:7a, 8-9a)

Psalm Readings

Matins: Psalm 93

Vespers: Psalm 97

Collect

Almighty, Everlasting God, make us to have always a devout will toward Thee and to serve Thy Majesty with a pure heart; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

First Reading: 1 Pet. 4:7-11

But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Gradual

|| Alle- | lu- | ia! *

Al- | le- | lu- | ia!

|| God reigns over the | na- | tions; *

God sits on His holy throne. Al- | le- | lu- | ia!

|| I will not leave you | or- | phans; *

I am going away and coming back to you; and your heart will rejoice. Al- | le- | lu- | ia! (Psalm 47:8; St. John 14:18a, 28a paraphrase)

Second Reading: John 15:26–16:4

“But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning. 16  “These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me. But these things I have told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you of them. “And these things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you.

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