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The Daily Readings for November 20, 2015

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.

1 Maccabees 3:42-60

Now Judas and his brothers saw that misfortunes had increased and that the forces were encamped in their territory. They also learned what the king had commanded to do to the people to cause their final destruction. But they said to one another, "Let us restore the ruins of our people, and fight for our people and the sanctuary." So the congregation assembled to be ready for battle, and to pray and ask for mercy and compassion. Jerusalem was uninhabited like a wilderness; not one of her children went in or out. The sanctuary was trampled down, and aliens held the citadel; it was a lodging place for the Gentiles. Joy was taken from Jacob; the flute and the harp ceased to play. Then they gathered together and went to Mizpah, opposite Jerusalem, because Israel formerly had a place of prayer in Mizpah. They fasted that day, put on sackcloth and sprinkled ashes on their heads, and tore their clothes. And they opened the book of the law to inquire into those matters about which the Gentiles consulted the likenesses of their gods. They also brought the vestments of the priesthood and the first fruits and the tithes, and they stirred up the nazirites who had completed their days; and they cried aloud to Heaven, saying, "What shall we do with these? Where shall we take them? Your sanctuary is trampled down and profaned, and your priests mourn in humiliation. Here the Gentiles are assembled against us to destroy us; you know what they plot against us. How will we be able to withstand them, if you do not help us?" Then they sounded the trumpets and gave a loud shout. After this Judas appointed leaders of the people, in charge of thousands and hundreds and fifties and tens. Those who were building houses, or were about to be married, or were planting a vineyard, or were fainthearted, he told to go home again, according to the law. Then the army marched out and encamped to the south of Emmaus. And Judas said, "Arm yourselves and be courageous. Be ready early in the morning to fight with these Gentiles who have assembled against us to destroy us and our sanctuary. It is better for us to die in battle than to see the misfortunes of our nation and of the sanctuary. But as his will in heaven may be, so shall he do."

Revelation 21:9-21

Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, "Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb." And in the spirit he carried me away to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. It has the glory of God and a radiance like a very rare jewel, like jasper, clear as crystal. It has a great, high wall with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and on the gates are inscribed the names of the twelve tribes of the Israelites; on the east three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city has twelve foundations, and on them are the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. The angel who talked to me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city and its gates and walls. The city lies foursquare, its length the same as its width; and he measured the city with his rod, fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal. He also measured its wall, one hundred forty-four cubits by human measurement, which the angel was using. The wall is built of jasper, while the city is pure gold, clear as glass. The foundations of the wall of the city are adorned with every jewel; the first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst. And the twelve gates are twelve pearls, each of the gates is a single pearl, and the street of the city is pure gold, transparent as glass.

Matthew 17:22-27

As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, "The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised." And they were greatly distressed. When they reached Capernaum, the collectors of the temple tax came to Peter and said, "Does your teacher not pay the temple tax?" He said, "Yes, he does." And when he came home, Jesus spoke of it first, asking, "What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or tribute? From their children or from others?" When Peter said, "From others," Jesus said to him, "Then the children are free. However, so that we do not give offense to them, go to the sea and cast a hook; take the first fish that comes up; and when you open its mouth, you will find a coin; take that and give it to them for you and me."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 101 Misericordiam et judicium

  I will sing of mercy and justice; *
to you, O LORD, will I sing praises.
  I will strive to follow a blameless course; oh, when will you come to me? *
I will walk with sincerity of heart within my house.
  I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; *
I hate the doers of evil deeds; they shall not remain with me.
  A crooked heart shall be far from me; *
I will not know evil.
  Those who in secret slander their neighbors I will destroy; *
those who have a haughty look and a proud heart I cannot abide.
  My eyes are upon the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me, *
and only those who lead a blameless life shall be my servants.
  Those who act deceitfully shall not dwell in my house, *
and those who tell lies shall not continue in my sight.
  I will soon destroy all the wicked in the land, *
that I may root out all evildoers from the city of the LORD.

Psalm 109 Deus, laudem

  Hold not your tongue, O God of my praise; *
for the mouth of the wicked, the mouth of the deceitful, is opened against me.
  They speak to me with a lying tongue; *
they encompass me with hateful words and fight against me without a cause.
  Despite my love, they accuse me; *
but as for me, I pray for them.
  They repay evil for good, *
and hatred for my love.
  Set a wicked man against him, *
and let an accuser stand at his right hand.
  When he is judged, let him be found guilty, *
and let his appeal be in vain.
  Let his days be few, *
and let another take his office.
  Let his children be fatherless, *
and his wife become a widow.
  Let his children be waifs and beggars; *
let them be driven from the ruins of their homes.
10   Let the creditor seize everything he has; *
let strangers plunder his gains.
11   Let there be no one to show him kindness, *
and none to pity his fatherless children.
12   Let his descendants be destroyed, *
and his name be blotted out in the next generation.
13   Let the wickedness of his fathers be remembered before the LORD, *
and his mother's sin not be blotted out;
14   Let their sin be always before the LORD; *
but let him root out their names from the earth;
15   Because he did not remember to show mercy, *
but persecuted the poor and needy and sought to kill the brokenhearted.
16   He loved cursing, let it come upon him; *
he took no delight in blessing, let it depart from him.
17   He put on cursing like a garment, *
let it soak into his body like water and into his bones like oil;
18   Let it be to him like the cloak which he wraps around himself, *
and like the belt that he wears continually.
19   Let this be the recompense from the LORD to my accusers, *
and to those who speak evil against me.
20   But you, O Lord my God, oh, deal with me according to your Name; *
for your tender mercy's sake, deliver me.
21   For I am poor and needy, *
and my heart is wounded within me.
22   I have faded away like a shadow when it lengthens; *
I am shaken off like a locust.
23   My knees are weak through fasting, *
and my flesh is wasted and gaunt.
24   I have become a reproach to them; *
they see and shake their heads.
25   Help me, O LORD my God; *
save me for your mercy's sake.
26   Let them know that this is your hand, *
that you, O LORD, have done it.
27   They may curse, but you will bless; *
let those who rise up against me be put to shame, and your servant will rejoice.
28   Let my accusers be clothed with disgrace *
and wrap themselves in their shame as in a cloak.
29   I will give great thanks to the LORD with my mouth; *
in the midst of the multitude will I praise him;
30   Because he stands at the right hand of the needy, *
to save his life from those who would condemn him.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 119: Ayin Feci judicium
121   I have done what is just and right; *
do not deliver me to my oppressors.
122   Be surety for your servant's good; *
let not the proud oppress me.
123   My eyes have failed from watching for your salvation *
and for your righteous promise.
124   Deal with your servant according to your loving-kindness *
and teach me your statutes.
125   I am your servant; grant me understanding, *
that I may know your decrees.
126   It is time for you to act, O LORD, *
for they have broken your law.
127   Truly, I love your commandments *
more than gold and precious stones.
128   I hold all your commandments to be right for me; *
all paths of falsehood I abhor.

Psalm 119: Pe Mirabilia
129   Your decrees are wonderful; *
therefore I obey them with all my heart.
130   When your word goes forth it gives light; *
it gives understanding to the simple.
131   I open my mouth and pant; *
I long for your commandments.
132   Turn to me in mercy, *
as you always do to those who love your Name.
133   Steady my footsteps in your word; *
let no iniquity have dominion over me.
134   Rescue me from those who oppress me, *
and I will keep your commandments.
135   Let your countenance shine upon your servant *
and teach me your statutes.
136   My eyes shed streams of tears, *
because people do not keep your law.

Psalm 119: Sadhe Justus es, Domine
137   You are righteous, O LORD, *
and upright are your judgments.
138   You have issued your decrees *
with justice and in perfect faithfulness.
139   My indignation has consumed me, *
because my enemies forget your words.
140   Your word has been tested to the uttermost, *
and your servant holds it dear.
141   I am small and of little account, *
yet I do not forget your commandments.
142   Your justice is an everlasting justice *
and your law is the truth.
143   Trouble and distress have come upon me, *
yet your commandments are my delight.
144   The righteousness of your decrees is everlasting; *
grant me understanding, that I may live.

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