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The Psalter

Psalm 136

The One Hundred Thirty Sixth Psalm

Confitemini.

O GIVE thanks unto the LORD, for he is gracious: * and his mercy endureth for ever.
O give thanks unto the God of all gods: * for his mercy endureth for ever.
O thank the Lord of all lords: * for his mercy endureth for ever.
Who only doeth great wonders: * for his mercy endureth for ever.
Who by his excellent wisdom made the heavens: * for his mercy endureth for ever.
Who laid out the earth above the waters: * for his mercy endureth for ever.
Who hath made great lights: * for his mercy endureth for ever:
The sun to rule the day: * for his mercy endureth for ever;
The moon and the stars to govern the night: * for his mercy endureth for ever.
Who smote Egypt, with their firstborn: * for his mercy endureth for ever;
And brought out Israel from among them: * for his mercy endureth for ever;
With a mighty hand and stretched-out arm: * for his mercy endureth for ever.
Who divided the Red Sea in two parts: * for his mercy endureth for ever;
And made Israel to go through the midst of it: * for his mercy endureth for ever.
But as for Pharaoh and his host, he overthrew them in the Red Sea: * for his mercy endureth for ever.
Who led his people through the wilderness: * for his mercy endureth for ever.
Who smote great kings: * for his mercy endureth for ever;
Yea, and slew mighty kings: * for his mercy endureth for ever:
Sihon, king of the Amorites: * for his mercy endureth for ever;
And Og, the king of Bashan: * for his mercy endureth for ever;
And gave away their land for an heritage: * for his mercy endureth for ever;
Even for an heritage unto Israel his servant: * for his mercy endureth for ever.
Who remembered us when we were in trouble: * for his mercy endureth for ever;
And hath delivered us from our enemies: * for his mercy endureth for ever.
Who giveth food to all flesh: * for his mercy endureth for ever.
O give thanks unto the God of heaven: * for his mercy endureth for ever.
O give thanks unto the Lord of lords: * for his mercy endureth for ever.



 

The First Lesson

Judges 16:23

Then the lords of the Philistines gathered them together for to offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon their god, and to rejoice: for they said, Our god hath delivered Samson our enemy into our hand. And when the people saw him, they praised their god: for they said, Our god hath delivered into our hands our enemy, and the destroyer of our country, which slew many of us. And it came to pass, when their hearts were merry, that they said, Call for Samson, that he may make us sport. And they called for Samson out of the prison house; and he made them sport: and they set him between the pillars. And Samson said unto the lad that held him by the hand, Suffer me that I may feel the pillars whereupon the house standeth, that I may lean upon them. Now the house was full of men and women; and all the lords of the Philistines were there; and there were upon the roof about three thousand men and women, that beheld while Samson made sport. And Samson called unto the Lord, and said, O Lord God, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes. And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was borne up, of the one with his right hand, and of the other with his left. And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life. Then his brethren and all the house of his father came down, and took him, and brought him up, and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the buryingplace of Manoah his father. And he judged Israel twenty years.



 

The Second Lesson

St. Luke 9:1-17

Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece. And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart. And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them. And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where. Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him: and he was perplexed, because that it was said of some, that John was risen from the dead; And of some, that Elias had appeared; and of others, that one of the old prophets was risen again. And Herod said, John have I beheaded: but who is this, of whom I hear such things? And he desired to see him. And the apostles, when they were returned, told him all that they had done. And he took them, and went aside privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida. And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing. And when the day began to wear away, then came the twelve, and said unto him, Send the multitude away, that they may go into the towns and country round about, and lodge, and get victuals: for we are here in a desert place. But he said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they said, We have no more but five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy meat for all this people. For they were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, Make them sit down by fifties in a company. And they did so, and made them all sit down. Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude. And they did eat, and were all filled: and there was taken up of fragments that remained to them twelve baskets.



 

The Collect

Fourth Sunday after Trinity

O GOD, the protector of all that trust in thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy; Increase and multiply upon us thy mercy, that, thou being our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we finally lose not the things eternal. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



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