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In the Morning

Friday after the Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King

Clive Staples Lewis, Teacher of the Faith, 1963

Season After Pentecost


These devotions follow the basic structure of the Daily Office of the Church and are particularly appropriate for families with young children.

The Reading and the Collect may be read by one person, and the other parts said in unison, or in some other convenient manner.

Opening Sentence

O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth your praise.

PSALM 51:15

Thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.”

ISAIAH 57:15

The Psalm

Psalm 51:10-12

Miserere mei, Deus

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,*

and renew a right spirit within me.

11 Cast me not away from your presence,*

and take not your holy Spirit from me.

12 O give me the comfort of your help again,*

and sustain me with your willing Spirit.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; *

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

A READING FROM HOLY SCRIPTURE

1 PETER 1:3


Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Sirach 10:1-24


10 A wise magistrate will educate his people,
    and the rule of an understanding man will be well ordered.
Like the magistrate of the people, so are his officials;
    and like the ruler of the city, so are all its inhabitants.
An undisciplined king will ruin his people,
    but a city will grow through the understanding of its rulers.
The government of the earth is in the hands of the Lord,
    and over it he will raise up the right man for the time.
The success of a man is in the hands of the Lord,
    and he confers his honor upon the person of the scribe.

The Sin of Pride

Do not be angry with your neighbor for any injury,
    and do not attempt anything by acts of insolence.
Arrogance is hateful before the Lord and before men,
    and injustice is outrageous to both.
Sovereignty passes from nation to nation
    on account of injustice and insolence and wealth.
How can he who is dust and ashes be proud?
    for even in life his bowels decay.
10 A long illness baffles the physician;
    the king of today will die tomorrow.
11 For when a man is dead,
    he will inherit creeping things, and wild beasts, and worms.
12 The beginning of man’s pride is to depart from the Lord;
    his heart has forsaken his Maker.
13 For the beginning of pride is sin,
    and the man who clings to it pours out abominations.
Therefore the Lord brought upon them extraordinary afflictions,
    and destroyed them utterly.
14 The Lord has cast down the thrones of rulers,
    and has seated the lowly in their place.
15 The Lord has plucked up the roots of the nations,
    and has planted the humble in their place.
16 The Lord has overthrown the lands of the nations,
    and has destroyed them to the foundations of the earth.
17 He has removed some of them and destroyed them,
    and has extinguished the memory of them from the earth.
18 Pride was not created for men,
    nor fierce anger for those born of women.

Persons Deserving Honor

19 What race is worthy of honor?
The human race.
    What race is worthy of honor?
    Those who fear the Lord.
What race is unworthy of honor?
The human race.
    What race is unworthy of honor?
    Those who transgress the commandments.
20 Among brothers their leader is worthy of honor,
    and those who fear the Lord are worthy of honor in his eyes.
22 The rich, and the eminent, and the poor—
    their glory is the fear of the Lord.
23 It is not right to despise an intelligent poor man,
    nor is it proper to honor a sinful man.
24 The nobleman, and the judge, and the ruler will be honored,
    but none of them is greater than the man who fears the Lord.

A period of silence may follow.

The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the Holy Spirit

and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again.

He ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.

Intercessions

A hymn or canticle may be used.

Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others.

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy Name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those

who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

for ever and ever. Amen.

The Collect

O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, you have brought us safely to the beginning of this day: Defend us by your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin nor run into any danger; and that, guided by your Spirit, we may do what is righteous in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Friday after the Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

A COLLECT FOR ENDURANCE

Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the Cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.   Amen.


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