Tuesday 25 October 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Tuesday 25 October 2022  

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Ecclesiasticus 24:1-12

Wisdom praises herself,
   and tells of her glory in the midst of her people. 
In the assembly of the Most High she opens her mouth,
   and in the presence of his hosts she tells of her glory: 
‘I came forth from the mouth of the Most High,
   and covered the earth like a mist. 
I dwelt in the highest heavens,
   and my throne was in a pillar of cloud. 
Alone I compassed the vault of heaven
   and traversed the depths of the abyss. 
Over waves of the sea, over all the earth,
   and over every people and nation I have held sway.* 
Among all these I sought a resting-place;
   in whose territory should I abide? 

‘Then the Creator of all things gave me a command,
   and my Creator chose the place for my tent.
He said, “Make your dwelling in Jacob,
   and in Israel receive your inheritance.” 
Before the ages, in the beginning, he created me,
   and for all the ages I shall not cease to be. 
In the holy tent I ministered before him,
   and so I was established in Zion. 
Thus in the beloved city he gave me a resting-place,
   and in Jerusalem was my domain. 
I took root in an honoured people,
   in the portion of the Lord, his heritage.
Revelation 11:14-19

The second woe has passed. The third woe is coming very soon.
 Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices
in heaven, saying,
‘The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord
   and of his Messiah,*
and he will reign for ever and ever.’

 Then the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell
on their faces and worshipped God, singing,
‘We give you thanks, Lord God Almighty,
   who are and who were,
for you have taken your great power
   and begun to reign. 
The nations raged,
   but your wrath has come,
   and the time for judging the dead,
for rewarding your servants,* the prophets
   and saints and all who fear your name,
   both small and great,
and for destroying those who destroy the earth.’

 Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his
covenant was seen within his temple; and there were flashes of
lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail.
Luke 11:27-36

While he was saying this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and
said to him, ‘Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that
nursed you!’ But he said, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the
word of God and obey it!’
 When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, ‘This generation
is an evil generation; it asks for a sign, but no sign will be given
to it except the sign of Jonah. For just as Jonah became a sign to the
people of Nineveh, so the Son of Man will be to this generation. The
queen of the South will rise at the judgement with the people of this
generation and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the
earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, and see, something greater
than Solomon is here! The people of Nineveh will rise up at the
judgement with this generation and condemn it, because they repented
at the proclamation of Jonah, and see, something greater than Jonah is
 ‘No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar,* but on the
lampstand so that those who enter may see the light. Your eye is the
lamp of your body. If your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of
light; but if it is not healthy, your body is full of darkness.
Therefore consider whether the light in you is not darkness. If then
your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it
will be as full of light as when a lamp gives you light with its
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 45

Psalm 45

My heart overflows with a goodly theme;
   I address my verses to the king;
   my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe. 

You are the most handsome of men;
   grace is poured upon your lips;
   therefore God has blessed you for ever. 
Gird your sword on your thigh, O mighty one,
   in your glory and majesty. 

In your majesty ride on victoriously
   for the cause of truth and to defend* the right;
   let your right hand teach you dread deeds. 
Your arrows are sharp
   in the heart of the king’s enemies;
   the peoples fall under you. 

Your throne, O God,* endures for ever and ever.
   Your royal sceptre is a sceptre of equity; 
   you love righteousness and hate wickedness.
Therefore God, your God, has anointed you
   with the oil of gladness beyond your companions; 
   your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia.
>From ivory palaces stringed instruments make you glad; 
   daughters of kings are among your ladies of honour;
   at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir. 

Hear, O daughter, consider and incline your ear;
   forget your people and your father’s house, 
   and the king will desire your beauty.
Since he is your lord, bow to him; 
   the people* of Tyre will seek your favour with gifts,
   the richest of the people with all kinds of wealth. 

The princess is decked in her chamber with gold-woven robes;* 
   in many-coloured robes she is led to the king;
   behind her the virgins, her companions, follow. 
With joy and gladness they are led along
   as they enter the palace of the king. 

In the place of ancestors you, O king,* shall have sons;
   you will make them princes in all the earth. 
I will cause your name to be celebrated in all generations;
   therefore the peoples will praise you for ever and ever.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 47, 48

Psalm 47

Clap your hands, all you peoples;
   shout to God with loud songs of joy. 
For the Lord, the Most High, is awesome,
   a great king over all the earth. 
He subdued peoples under us,
   and nations under our feet. 
He chose our heritage for us,
   the pride of Jacob whom he loves.

God has gone up with a shout,
   the Lord with the sound of a trumpet. 
Sing praises to God, sing praises;
   sing praises to our King, sing praises. 
For God is the king of all the earth;
   sing praises with a psalm.* 

God is king over the nations;
   God sits on his holy throne. 
The princes of the peoples gather
   as the people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God;
   he is highly exalted.

Psalm 48

Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised
   in the city of our God.
His holy mountain, beautiful in elevation,
   is the joy of all the earth,
Mount Zion, in the far north,
   the city of the great King. 
Within its citadels God
   has shown himself a sure defence. 

Then the kings assembled,
   they came on together. 
As soon as they saw it, they were astounded;
   they were in panic, they took to flight; 
trembling took hold of them there,
   pains as of a woman in labour, 
as when an east wind shatters
   the ships of Tarshish. 
As we have heard, so have we seen
   in the city of the Lord of hosts,
in the city of our God,
   which God establishes for ever.

We ponder your steadfast love, O God,
   in the midst of your temple. 
Your name, O God, like your praise,
   reaches to the ends of the earth.
Your right hand is filled with victory. 
   Let Mount Zion be glad,
let the towns* of Judah rejoice
   because of your judgements. 

Walk about Zion, go all around it,
   count its towers, 
consider well its ramparts;
   go through its citadels,
that you may tell the next generation 
   that this is God,
our God for ever and ever.
   He will be our guide for ever.

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