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The Daily Readings for November 25, 2013

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.

Micah 7:11-20

A day for the building of your walls! In that day the boundary shall be far extended. In that day they will come to you from Assyria to Egypt, and from Egypt to the River, from sea to sea and from mountain to mountain. But the earth will be desolate because of its inhabitants, for the fruit of their doings. Shepherd your people with your staff, the flock that belongs to you, which lives alone in a forest in the midst of a garden land; let them feed in Bashan and Gilead as in the days of old. As in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt, show us marvelous things. The nations shall see and be ashamed of all their might; they shall lay their hands on their mouths; their ears shall be deaf; they shall lick dust like a snake, like the crawling things of the earth; they shall come trembling out of their fortresses; they shall turn in dread to the LORD our God, and they shall stand in fear of you. Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of your possession? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in showing clemency. He will again have compassion upon us; he will tread our iniquities under foot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. You will show faithfulness to Jacob and unswerving loyalty to Abraham, as you have sworn to our ancestors from the days of old.

1 Peter 4:7-19

The end of all things is near; therefore be serious and discipline yourselves for the sake of your prayers. Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaining. Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen. Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ's sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed. If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, a criminal, or even as a mischief maker. Yet if any of you suffers as a Christian, do not consider it a disgrace, but glorify God because you bear this name. For the time has come for judgment to begin with the household of God; if it begins with us, what will be the end for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And "If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinners?" Therefore, let those suffering in accordance with God's will entrust themselves to a faithful Creator, while continuing to do good.

Matthew 20:29-34

As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. There were two blind men sitting by the roadside. When they heard that Jesus was passing by, they shouted, "Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!" The crowd sternly ordered them to be quiet; but they shouted even more loudly, "Have mercy on us, Lord, Son of David!" Jesus stood still and called them, saying, "What do you want me to do for you?" They said to him, "Lord, let our eyes be opened." Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they regained their sight and followed him.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 137 Super flumina

  By the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept, *
when we remembered you, O Zion.
  As for our harps, we hung them up *
on the trees in the midst of that land.
  For those who led us away captive asked us for a song, and our oppressors called for mirth: *
"Sing us one of the songs of Zion."
  How shall we sing the LORD'S song *
upon an alien soil?
  If I forget you, O Jerusalem, *
let my right hand forget its skill.
  Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you, *
if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy.
  Remember the day of Jerusalem, O LORD, against the people of Edom, *
who said, "Down with it! down with it! even to the ground!"
  O Daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction, *
happy the one who pays you back for what you have done to us!
  Happy shall he be who takes your little ones, *
and dashes them against the rock!

Psalm 144 Benedictus Dominus

  Blessed be the LORD my rock! *
who trains my hands to fight and my fingers to battle;
  My help and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, *
my shield in whom I trust, who subdues the peoples under me.
  O LORD, what are we that you should care for us? *
mere mortals that you should think of us?
  We are like a puff of wind; *
our days are like a passing shadow.
  Bow your heavens, O LORD, and come down; *
touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
  Hurl the lightning and scatter them; *
shoot out your arrows and rout them.
  Stretch out your hand from on high; *
rescue me and deliver me from the great waters, from the hand of foreign peoples,
  Whose mouths speak deceitfully *
and whose right hand is raised in falsehood.
  O God, I will sing to you a new song; *
I will play to you on a ten-stringed lyre.
10   You give victory to kings *
and have rescued David your servant.
11   Rescue me from the hurtful sword *
and deliver me from the hand of foreign peoples,
12   Whose mouths speak deceitfully *
and whose right hand is raised in falsehood.
13   May our sons be like plants well nurtured from their youth, *
and our daughters like sculptured corners of a palace.
14   May our barns be filled to overflowing with all manner of crops; *
may the flocks in our pastures increase by thousands and tens of thousands; may our cattle be fat and sleek.
15   May there be no breaching of the walls, no going into exile, *
no wailing in the public squares.
16   Happy are the people of whom this is so! *
happy are the people whose God is the LORD!

Evening Psalms

Psalm 104 Benedic, anima mea

  Bless the LORD, O my soul; *
O LORD my God, how excellent is your greatness! you are clothed with majesty and splendor.
  You wrap yourself with light as with a cloak *
and spread out the heavens like a curtain.
  You lay the beams of your chambers in the waters above; *
you make the clouds your chariot; you ride on the wings of the wind.
  You make the winds your messengers *
and flames of fire your servants.
  You have set the earth upon its foundations, *
so that it never shall move at any time.
  You covered it with the Deep as with a mantle; *
the waters stood higher than the mountains.
  At your rebuke they fled; *
at the voice of your thunder they hastened away.
  They went up into the hills and down to the valleys beneath, *
to the places you had appointed for them.
  You set the limits that they should not pass; *
they shall not again cover the earth.
10   You send the springs into the valleys; *
they flow between the mountains.
11   All the beasts of the field drink their fill from them, *
and the wild asses quench their thirst.
12   Beside them the birds of the air make their nests *
and sing among the branches.
13   You water the mountains from your dwelling on high; *
the earth is fully satisfied by the fruit of your works.
14   You make grass grow for flocks and herds *
and plants to serve mankind;
15   That they may bring forth food from the earth, *
and wine to gladden our hearts,
16   Oil to make a cheerful countenance, *
and bread to strengthen the heart.
17   The trees of the LORD are full of sap, *
the cedars of Lebanon which he planted,
18   In which the birds build their nests, *
and in whose tops the stork makes his dwelling.
19   The high hills are a refuge for the mountain goats, *
and the stony cliffs for the rock badgers.
20   You appointed the moon to mark the seasons, *
and the sun knows the time of its setting.
21   You make darkness that it may be night, *
in which all the beasts of the forest prowl.
22   The lions roar after their prey *
and seek their food from God.
23   The sun rises, and they slip away *
and lay themselves down in their dens.
24   Man goes forth to his work *
and to his labor until the evening.
25   O LORD, how manifold are your works! *
in wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
26   Yonder is the great and wide sea with its living things too many to number, *
creatures both small and great.
27   There move the ships, and there is that Leviathan, *
which you have made for the sport of it.
28   All of them look to you *
to give them their food in due season.
29   You give it to them; they gather it; *
you open your hand, and they are filled with good things.
30   You hide your face, and they are terrified; *
you take away their breath, and they die and return to their dust.
31   You send forth your Spirit, and they are created; *
and so you renew the face of the earth.
32   May the glory of the LORD endure for ever; *
may the LORD rejoice in all his works.
33   He looks at the earth and it trembles; *
he touches the mountains and they smoke.
34   I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; *
I will praise my God while I have my being.
35   May these words of mine please him; *
I will rejoice in the LORD.
36   Let sinners be consumed out of the earth, *
and the wicked be no more.
37   Bless the LORD, O my soul. *
Hallelujah!

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