Bless the Lord, whose name is to be praised,
Our Father who art in heaven,
who has given us his laws,
to show us the error of our ways,
Blessed is his son, Christ the Messiah,
who redeemed us from having broken them.
Blessed are you, O Holy Spirit,
who assists us in sinning no more,
and sustains us in the way of the Lord,
grant us wisdom and understanding this day.
Old Testament Reading - God will bring forth justice
1 See my servant,a whom I uphold; my Chosen One, in whom I delight. I have put my Spirit upon him; he will reveal justice to the nations of the world. 2 He will be gentle - he will not shout or quarrel in the streets. 3 He will not break the bruised reed, nor quench the dimly burning flame. He will encourage the fainthearted, those tempted to despair. He will see full justice given to all who have been wronged. 4 He won't be satisfiedb until truth and righteousness prevail throughout the earth, nor until even distant lands beyond the seas have put their trust in him.
5 The Lord God who created the heavens and stretched them out and created the earth and everything in it, and gives life and breath and spirit to everyone in all the world, he is the one who says (to his Servant, the Messiah).
6 "I the Lord have called you to demonstrate my righteousness. I will guard and support you, for I have given you to my people as the personal confirmation of my covenant with them.c You shall also be a light to guide the nations unto me. 7 You, will open the eyes of the blind, and release those who sit in prison darkness and despair.. . . . . Isaiah 42:1-7
- Not Cyrus, as in chapter 41, but Christ.
- Literally, "He will not burn dimly or be bruised until....
- Or, "You will be my covenant with all the people..."
They were faithful until death
and God has given them the crown of life.
Almighty and merciful God,
we have sinned against you,
in thought, word and deed.
We have not loved you with all our heart.
We have not loved others
as our Saviour Christ loves us.
We are truly sorry.
In your mercy forgive what we have been,
help us to amend what we are,
and direct what we shall be;
that we may delight in your will
and walk in your ways,
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.