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(beginning January 1st)

February 15

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The Lectionary According to the Common Calendar

Psalm 41

1 Blessed is he that considereth the poor;
the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.
2 The LORD will preserve him and keep him alive, and he shallbe blessed upon the earth;
and Thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies.
3 The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing;
Thou wilt turn him on his bed in his sickness.

4 I said, "LORD, be merciful unto me;
heal my soul, for I have sinned against Thee."
5 Mine enemies speak evil of me and say,
"When shall he die and his name perish?"
6 And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity;
his heart gathereth iniquity to itself, and when he goeth out, he telleth it.

7 All that hate me whisper together against me;
against me do they devise my hurt.
8 "An evil disease," they say, "cleaveth fast unto him,
and now that he lieth down, he shall rise up no more."
9 Yea, mine own familiar friend in whom I trusted, that ate of my bread,
hath lifted up his heel against me.

10 But Thou, O LORD, be merciful unto me,
and raise me up that I may requite them.
11 By this I know that Thou favorest me:
because mine enemy doth not triumph over me.
12 And as for me, Thou upholdest me in mine integrity,
and settest me before Thy face for ever.

13 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting!
Amen and Amen.

Matthew 14:13-21

13 When Jesus heard of it, He departed thence by boat into a desert place apart. And when the people had heard thereof, they followed Him on foot out of the cities. 14 And Jesus went forth and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and He healed their sick. 15 And when it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, "This is a desert place and the time is now past. Send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves victuals." 16 But Jesus said unto them,

"They need not depart. Give ye them to eat."

17 And they said unto Him, "We have here but five loaves and two fishes." 18 And He said,

"Bring them hither to Me."

19 And He commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves and the two fishes; and looking up to Heaven, He blessed and broke the loaves and gave them to His disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. 20 And they all ate and were filled. And they took up the fragments that remained, twelve baskets full. 21 And those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Acts 21:1-14

1 And it came to pass that after we had parted from them and had launched, we came on a straight course unto Coos, and the day following unto Rhodes, and from thence unto Patara. 2 And finding a ship sailing over unto Phoenicia, we went aboard and set forth. 3 Now when we had sighted Cyprus, we left it on the left hand, and sailed to Syria and landed at Tyre, for there the ship was to unload her burden. 4 And having found disciples, we tarried there seven days. They told Paul through the Spirit that he should not go up to Jerusalem. 5 And when those days there had been accomplished, we departed and went our way; and they all brought us on our way, with wives and children, until we were out of the city. And we kneeled down on the shore and prayed. 6 And when we had taken our leave one of another, we boarded ship, and they returned home again.

7 And when we had finished our course from Tyre, we came to Ptolemais and saluted the brethren, and stayed with them one day. 8 The next day, we who were in Paul's company departed and came unto Caesarea, and we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and lodged with him. 9 And this man had four daughters, virgins, who prophesied. 10 And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judea a certain prophet named Agabus. 11 And when he had come unto us, he took Paul's girdle and bound his own hands and feet, and said, "Thus saith the Holy Ghost, `So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.'" 12 And when we heard these things, both we and those at that place besought him not to go up to Jerusalem. 13 Then Paul answered, "What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? For I am not only ready to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus." 14 And when he would not be dissuaded, we ceased, saying, "The will of the Lord be done."

Exodus 12:1-42

1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 2 "This month shall be unto you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you. 3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, `On the tenth day of this month they shall take for themselves every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for a house. 4 And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb. 5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year; ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats. 6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month, and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. 7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses wherein they shall eat it. 8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roasted with fire; and with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. 9 Eat not of it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted with fire -- his head with his legs and with the viscera thereof. 10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning, and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire. 11 And thus shall ye eat it: with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste; it is the LORD'S Passover. 12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD. 13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you when I smite the land of Egypt.

14 "`And this day shall be unto you for a memorial, and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. 15 Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread. Even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses; for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel. 16 And in the first day there shall be a holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be a holy convocation to you. No manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done by you. 17 And ye shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt. Therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever. 18 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, ye shall eat unleavened bread until the one and twentieth day of the month at evening. 19 Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses; for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger or born in the land. 20 Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread.'"

21 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said unto them, "Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the Passover. 22 And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the basin; and none of you shall go out from the door of his house until the morning. 23 For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when He seeth the blood upon the lintel and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you. 24 And ye shall observe this thing as an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever. 25 And it shall come to pass, when ye come to the land which the LORD will give you, according as He hath promised, that ye shall keep this service. 26 And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, `What mean ye by this service?' 27 that ye shall say, `It is the sacrifice of the LORD'S Passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt when He smote the Egyptians and delivered our houses.'" And the people bowed their heads and worshiped.

28 And the children of Israel went away, and did as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron; so did they.

29 And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne, unto the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of cattle. 30 And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he and all his servants and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not a house where there was not one dead. 31 And he called for Moses and Aaron by night and said, "Rise up, and get you forth from among my people, both ye and the children of Israel! And go, serve the LORD, as ye have said. 32 Also take your flocks and your herds, as ye have said; and be gone, and bless me also."

33 And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, "We are all dead men." 34 And the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneading troughs being bound up in their clothes upon their shoulders. 35 And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses, and they borrowed from the Egyptians jewels of silver and jewels of gold and raiment. 36 And the LORD gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them such things as they required. And they despoiled the Egyptians.

37 And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot who were men, besides children. 38 And a mixed multitude went up also with them, and flocks and herds, even very much cattle. 39 And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they brought forth out of Egypt; for it was not leavened because they were thrust out of Egypt and could not tarry, neither had they prepared for themselves any victual.

40 Now the sojourning of the children of Israel who dwelt in Egypt was four hundred and thirty years. 41 And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even on the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt. 42 It is a night to be much observed unto the LORD for bringing them out from the land of Egypt. This is that night of the LORD to be observed by all the children of Israel in their generations.

Words of Wisdom - Proverbs 6:6-8

Look to the ant, thou sluggard! 
Consider her ways and be wise,
which, having no guide, overseer or ruler,
provideth her meat in the summer and gathereth her food in the harvest.


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