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The Daily Readings for December 3, 2016

We've included both the Morning and Evening Psalms for the Daily Office; they are listed after the other readings. If you'd like to filter for a particular day's readings, you can do it at The Daily Readings Anytime.

Isaiah 4:2-6

On that day the branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land shall be the pride and glory of the survivors of Israel. Whoever is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy, everyone who has been recorded for life in Jerusalem, once the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and cleansed the bloodstains of Jerusalem from its midst by a spirit of judgment and by a spirit of burning. Then the LORD will create over the whole site of Mount Zion and over its places of assembly a cloud by day and smoke and the shining of a flaming fire by night. Indeed over all the glory there will be a canopy. It will serve as a pavilion, a shade by day from the heat, and a refuge and a shelter from the storm and rain.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died. For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have died. For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel's call and with the sound of God's trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

Luke 21:5-19

When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said, "As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down." They asked him, "Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?" And he said, "Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, 'I am he!' and, 'The time is near!' Do not go after them. "When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately." Then he said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven. "But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. This will give you an opportunity to testify. So make up your minds not to prepare your defense in advance; for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your souls.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 20 Exaudiat te Dominus

  May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble, *
the Name of the God of Jacob defend you;
  Send you help from his holy place *
and strengthen you out of Zion;
  Remember all your offerings *
and accept your burnt sacrifice;
  Grant you your heart's desire *
and prosper all your plans.
  We will shout for joy at your victory and triumph in the Name of our God; *
may the LORD grant all your requests.
  Now I know that the LORD gives victory to his anointed; *
he will answer him out of his holy heaven, with the victorious strength of his right hand.
  Some put their trust in chariots and some in horses, *
but we will call upon the Name of the LORD our God.
  They collapse and fall down, *
but we will arise and stand upright.
  O LORD, give victory to the king *
and answer us when we call.

Psalm 21 Domine, in virtute tua

  The king rejoices in your strength, O LORD; *
how greatly he exults in your victory!
  You have given him his heart's desire; *
you have not denied him the request of his lips.
  For you meet him with blessings of prosperity, *
and set a crown of fine gold upon his head.
  He asked you for life, and you gave it to him: *
length of days, for ever and ever.
  His honor is great, because of your victory; *
splendor and majesty have you bestowed upon him.
  For you will give him everlasting felicity *
and will make him glad with the joy of your presence.
  For the king puts his trust in the LORD; *
because of the loving-kindness of the Most High, he will not fall.
  Your hand will lay hold upon all your enemies; *
your right hand will seize all those who hate you.
  You will make them like a fiery furnace *
at the time of your appearing, O LORD;
10   You will swallow them up in your wrath, *
and fire shall consume them.
11   You will destroy their offspring from the land *
and their descendants from among the peoples of the earth.
12   Though they intend evil against you and devise wicked schemes, *
yet they shall not prevail.
13   For you will put them to flight *
and aim your arrows at them.
14   Be exalted, O LORD, in your might; *
we will sing and praise your power.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 110 Dixit Dominus

  The LORD said to my Lord, "Sit at my right hand, *
until I make your enemies your footstool."
  The LORD will send the scepter of your power out of Zion, *
saying, "Rule over your enemies round about you.
  Princely state has been yours from the day of your birth; *
in the beauty of holiness have I begotten you, like dew from the womb of the morning."
  The LORD has sworn and he will not recant: *
"You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek."
  The Lord who is at your right hand will smite kings in the day of his wrath; *
he will rule over the nations.
  He will heap high the corpses; *
he will smash heads over the wide earth.
  He will drink from the brook beside the road; *
therefore he will lift high his head.

Psalm 116 Dilexi, quoniam

  I love the LORD, because he has heard the voice of my supplication, *
because he has inclined his ear to me whenever I called upon him.
  The cords of death entangled me; the grip of the grave took hold of me; *
I came to grief and sorrow.
  Then I called upon the Name of the LORD: *
"O LORD, I pray you, save my life."
  Gracious is the LORD and righteous; *
our God is full of compassion.
  The LORD watches over the innocent; *
I was brought very low, and he helped me.
  Turn again to your rest, O my soul. *
for the LORD has treated you well.
  For you have rescued my life from death, *
my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling.
  I will walk in the presence of the LORD *
in the land of the living.
  I believed, even when I said, "I have been brought very low." *
In my distress I said, "No one can be trusted."
10   How shall I repay the LORD *
for all the good things he has done for me?
11   I will lift up the cup of salvation *
and call upon the Name of the LORD.
12   I will fulfill my vows to the LORD *
in the presence of all his people.
13   Precious in the sight of the LORD *
is the death of his servants.
14   O LORD, I am your servant; *
I am your servant and the child of your handmaid; you have freed me from my bonds.
15   I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving *
and call upon the Name of the LORD.
16   I will fulfill my vows to the LORD *
in the presence of all his people,
17   In the courts of the LORD'S house, *
in the midst of you, O Jerusalem. Hallelujah!

Psalm 117 Laudate Dominum

  Praise the LORD, all you nations; *
laud him, all you peoples.
  For his loving-kindness toward us is great, *
and the faithfulness of the LORD endures for ever. Hallelujah!

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