Monday 27 December 2021 ST. STEPHEN- transferred DAILY LECTIONARY

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2 Chronicles 24:17-22

Now after the death of Jehoiada the officials of Judah came and did
obeisance to the king; then the king listened to them. They abandoned
the house of the Lord, the God of their ancestors, and served the
sacred poles* and the idols. And wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem
for this guilt of theirs. Yet he sent prophets among them to bring
them back to the Lord; they testified against them, but they would not

 Then the spirit of God took possession of* Zechariah son of the
priest Jehoiada; he stood above the people and said to them, ‘Thus
says God: Why do you transgress the commandments of the Lord, so that
you cannot prosper? Because you have forsaken the Lord, he has also
forsaken you.’ But they conspired against him, and by command of the
king they stoned him to death in the court of the house of the Lord.
King Joash did not remember the kindness that Jehoiada, Zechariah’s
father, had shown him, but killed his son. As he was dying, he said,
‘May the Lord see and avenge!’
Acts 6:1-7

Now during those days, when the disciples were increasing in number,
the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews because their widows
were being neglected in the daily distribution of food. And the twelve
called together the whole community of the disciples and said, ‘It
is not right that we should neglect the word of God in order to wait
at tables.* Therefore, friends,* select from among yourselves seven
men of good standing, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may
appoint to this task, while we, for our part, will devote ourselves to
prayer and to serving the word.’ What they said pleased the whole
community, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy
Spirit, together with Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and
Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. They had these men stand before the
apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.

 The word of God continued to spread; the number of the disciples
increased greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became
obedient to the faith.
Wisdom 4:7-15
But the righteous, though they die early, will be at rest. 
For old age is not honoured for length of time,
or measured by number of years; 
but understanding is grey hair for anyone,
and a blameless life is ripe old age. 

There were some who pleased God and were loved by him,
and while living among sinners were taken up. 
They were caught up so that evil might not change their understanding
or guile deceive their souls. 
For the fascination of wickedness obscures what is good,
and roving desire perverts the innocent mind. 
Being perfected in a short time, they fulfilled long years; 
for their souls were pleasing to the Lord,
therefore he took them quickly from the midst of wickedness. 
Yet the peoples saw and did not understand,
or take such a thing to heart,
that God’s grace and mercy are with his elect,
and that he watches over his holy ones.
Acts 7:59-8:8
While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my
spirit.’ Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, ‘Lord,
do not hold this sin against them.’ When he had said this, he died.*
And Saul approved of their killing him.

That day a severe persecution began against the church in Jerusalem,
and all except the apostles were scattered throughout the countryside
of Judea and Samaria. Devout men buried Stephen and made loud
lamentation over him. But Saul was ravaging the church by entering
house after house; dragging off both men and women, he committed them
to prison.
 Now those who were scattered went from place to place, proclaiming
the word. Philip went down to the city* of Samaria and proclaimed the
Messiah* to them. The crowds with one accord listened eagerly to what
was said by Philip, hearing and seeing the signs that he did, for
unclean spirits, crying with loud shrieks, came out of many who were
possessed; and many others who were paralysed or lame were cured. So
there was great joy in that city.
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 28, 30

Psalm 28

To you, O Lord, I call;
   my rock, do not refuse to hear me,
for if you are silent to me,
   I shall be like those who go down to the Pit. 
Hear the voice of my supplication,
   as I cry to you for help,
as I lift up my hands
   towards your most holy sanctuary.* 

Do not drag me away with the wicked,
   with those who are workers of evil,
who speak peace with their neighbours,
   while mischief is in their hearts. 
Repay them according to their work,
   and according to the evil of their deeds;
repay them according to the work of their hands;
   render them their due reward. 
Because they do not regard the works of the Lord,
   or the work of his hands,
he will break them down and build them up no more. 

Blessed be the Lord,
   for he has heard the sound of my pleadings. 
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
   in him my heart trusts;
so I am helped, and my heart exults,
   and with my song I give thanks to him. 

The Lord is the strength of his people;
   he is the saving refuge of his anointed. 
O save your people, and bless your heritage;
   be their shepherd, and carry them for ever.

Psalm 30

I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up,
   and did not let my foes rejoice over me. 
O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
   and you have healed me. 
O Lord, you brought up my soul from Sheol,
   restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit.* 

Sing praises to the Lord, O you his faithful ones,
   and give thanks to his holy name. 
For his anger is but for a moment;
   his favour is for a lifetime.
Weeping may linger for the night,
   but joy comes with the morning. 

As for me, I said in my prosperity,
   ‘I shall never be moved.’ 
By your favour, O Lord,
   you had established me as a strong mountain;
you hid your face;
   I was dismayed. 

To you, O Lord, I cried,
   and to the Lord I made supplication: 
‘What profit is there in my death,
   if I go down to the Pit?
Will the dust praise you?
   Will it tell of your faithfulness? 
Hear, O Lord, and be gracious to me!
   O Lord, be my helper!’ 

You have turned my mourning into dancing;
   you have taken off my sackcloth
   and clothed me with joy, 
so that my soul* may praise you and not be silent.
   O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you for ever.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 118

Psalm 118

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
   his steadfast love endures for ever! 

Let Israel say,
   ‘His steadfast love endures for ever.’ 
Let the house of Aaron say,
   ‘His steadfast love endures for ever.’ 
Let those who fear the Lord say,
   ‘His steadfast love endures for ever.’ 

Out of my distress I called on the Lord;
   the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place. 
With the Lord on my side I do not fear.
   What can mortals do to me? 
The Lord is on my side to help me;
   I shall look in triumph on those who hate me. 
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
   than to put confidence in mortals. 
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
   than to put confidence in princes. 

All nations surrounded me;
   in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 
They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side;
   in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 
They surrounded me like bees;
   they blazed* like a fire of thorns;
   in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 
I was pushed hard,* so that I was falling,
   but the Lord helped me. 
The Lord is my strength and my might;
   he has become my salvation. 

There are glad songs of victory in the tents of the righteous:
‘The right hand of the Lord does valiantly; 
   the right hand of the Lord is exalted;
   the right hand of the Lord does valiantly.’ 
I shall not die, but I shall live,
   and recount the deeds of the Lord. 
The Lord has punished me severely,
   but he did not give me over to death. 

Open to me the gates of righteousness,
   that I may enter through them
   and give thanks to the Lord. 

This is the gate of the Lord;
   the righteous shall enter through it. 

I thank you that you have answered me
   and have become my salvation. 
The stone that the builders rejected
   has become the chief cornerstone. 
This is the Lord’s doing;
   it is marvellous in our eyes. 
This is the day that the Lord has made;
   let us rejoice and be glad in it.* 
Save us, we beseech you, O Lord!
   O Lord, we beseech you, give us success! 

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.*
   We bless you from the house of the Lord. 
The Lord is God,
   and he has given us light.
Bind the festal procession with branches,
   up to the horns of the altar.* 

You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
   you are my God, I will extol you. 

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever.

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