Daily Bible Reading

Ember Friday

Liturgical Color: Red

Introit

LET MY || mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day, Hal- | le- | lu- | jah:
    My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed. Hal- | le- | lu- | jah.|| 
In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust: let me never be put to con- | fu- | sion:
    Deliver me in Thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline Thine ear unto | me, | and | save | me.

Psalm Readings

Matins:

Vespers:

Collect

O merciful God, we beseech Thee that Thy church, which was gathered together by the Holy Ghost, may nowise be troubled by hostile attack, through Jesus Christ, Thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

First Reading: Joel 2:23-27

Be glad then, you children of Zion, And rejoice in the Lord your God; For He has given you the former rain faithfully, And He will cause the rain to come down for you— The former rain, And the latter rain in the first month. The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, And the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil. “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, And praise the name of the Lord your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; And My people shall never be put to shame. Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: I am the Lord your God And there is no other. My people shall never be put to shame.

Gradual

In place of a Gradual, the Sequence hymn for Pentecost, Veni, Sancte Spiritus

Second Reading: Luke 5:17-26

Now it happened on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them. Then behold, men brought on a bed a man who was paralyzed, whom they sought to bring in and lay before Him. And when they could not find how they might bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the housetop and let him down with his bed through the tiling into the midst before Jesus. When He saw their faith, He said to him, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answered and said to them, “Why are you reasoning in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins” —He said to the man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” Immediately he rose up before them, took up what he had been lying on, and departed to his own house, glorifying God. And they were all amazed, and they glorified God and were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen strange things today!”

Devotion from the Lutheran Herald

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Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.