7 Epiphany, Friday Morning

First Lesson: Jeremiah 36:20 – 26

And they went in to the king into the court, but they laid up the roll in the chamber of Elishama the scribe, and told all the words in the ears of the king.
So the king sent Jehudi to fetch the roll: and he took it out of Elishama the scribe’s chamber. And Jehudi read it in the ears of the king, and in the ears of all the princes which stood beside the king.
Now the king sat in the winterhouse in the ninth month: and there was a fire on the hearth burning before him.
And it came to pass, that when Jehudi had read three or four leaves, he cut it with the penknife, and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the roll was consumed in the fire that was on the hearth.
Yet they were not afraid, nor rent their garments, neither the king, nor any of his servants that heard all these words.
Nevertheless Elnathan and Delaiah and Gemariah had made intercession to the king that he would not burn the roll: but he would not hear them.
But the king commanded Jerahmeel the son of Hammelech, and Seraiah the son of Azriel, and Shelemiah the son of Abdeel, to take Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet: but the Lord hid them.

Canticle: Canticle of Isaias the Prophet Isaiah 45:15-31

Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, * O God of Israel, thou art the Saviour.
2 They that be forgers of errors shall be put to shame, yea, confounded, all of them; * they shall go into confusion together that are makers of idols.
3 But Israel shall be saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation: * ye shall not be put to shame, nor shall ye be confounded, world without end.
4 For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens, * God himself that did form the earth and make it, he that hath established it;
5 (Not for naught did he create it; * he gave it form that it might be inhabited;)
6 Thus saith he: I am the Lord, * and there is none else;
7 Not in secret have I spoken, not in a dark place of the earth; * nor said I to the seed of Jacob: Ye do but seek me in vain;
8 But thus have I spoken : I the Lord speak righteousness, * I declare the things that are right and true.
9 Therefore, assemble yourselves and come; * draw near together, all ye survivors of the Gentiles!
10 No knowledge have they that set up the wood of their graven image, * and pray unto a god that cannot save.
11 Let them tell it and bring their witnesses; yea, let them take counsel together! * for who hath declared this from ancient times? who hath told it from the beginning?
12 Am not I the Lord? and there is no God else beside me; * I am a just God and a Saviour, and there is none else except me:
13 Look unto me and be ye saved, all ye ends of the earth; * for I am God, and there is none other:
14 By myself have I sworn; truth is gone out of my mouth, even a word which shall not return unfulfilled; * That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear,
15 Saying, Only in the Eternal is there righteousness and strength; * even to him shall men come.
16 And all they that were incensed against him shall be put to shame, * but in the Lord shall all the seed of Israel triumph and glory.

Second Lesson: Colossians 3:12 – 17

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Canticle: Benedictus. St. Luke 1:68-80.

Blessed † be the Lord God of Israel; * for he hath visited and redeemed his people ;
2 And hath raised up a mighty salvation for us, * in the house of his servant David ;
3 As he spake by the mouth of his holy Prophets, * which have been since the world began ;
4 That we should be saved from our enemies, * and from the hand of all that hate us.
5 To perform the mercy promised to our forefathers, * and to remember his holy Covenant ;
6 To perform the oath which he sware to our forefather Abraham, * that he would give us ;
7 That we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies * might serve him without fear ;
8 In holiness and righteousness before him, * all the days of our life.
9 And thou, child, shalt be called the Prophet of the Highest: * for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways ;
10 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people * for the remission of their sins,
11 Through the tender mercy of our God; * whereby the Day-Spring from on high hath visited us ;
12 To give light to them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death, * and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
13 Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost.
14 As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, * world without end. Amen.

The Reading from the Martyrology

Then the Apostles, Creed and the rest of the office.


O LORD, we beseech thee, absolve thy people from their offences; that through thy bountiful goodness we may all be delivered from the bands of those sins, which by our frailty we have committed. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake, our blessed Lord and Saviour who liveth and reigneth with THee in the Unity of the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. Amen.