Scripture Reading for the
Common Calendar Year
(beginning January 1st)

July 5

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The Lectionary According to the Common Calendar

Prayer of Manasseh

1 O Lord, Almighty God of our fathers, 
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and of their righteous seed 
2 who hast made heaven and earth, 
with all the ornament thereof, 
3 who hast bound the sea by the word of Thy commandment, 
who hast shut up the deep, and sealed it by Thy fearsome and glorious name; 
4 whom all men fear, 
and tremble before Thy power; 
5 for the majesty of Thy glory cannot be borne, 
and Thine angry threatening toward sinners is unendurable, 
6 but Thy merciful promise 
is unmeasurable and unsearchable; 
7 for Thou art the Most High Lord, 
of great compassion, long-suffering, very merciful, and repentest of the evils of men -
Thou, O Lord, according to Thy great goodness, 
hast promised repentance and forgiveness to them that have sinned against Thee; 
and of Thine infinite mercies hast appointed repentance unto sinners, 
that they may be saved.

8 Thou therefore, O Lord, that art the God of the just, hast not appointed repentance to the just, 
as to Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, who have not sinned against Thee; 
but Thou hast appointed repentance unto me that am a sinner; 
9 for I have sinned above the number of the sands of the sea. 
My transgressions, O Lord, are multiplied, my transgressions are multiplied; 
and I am not worthy to behold and see the height of heaven for the multitude of mine iniquities. 
10 I am bowed down with many iron bands, 
that I cannot lift up mine head, neither have any release; 
for I have provoked Thy wrath, 
and done evil before Thee. 
I did not Thy will, neither kept I Thy commandments; 
I have set up abominations, and have multiplied offenses.

11 Now therefore I bow the knee of mine heart, 
beseeching Thee for grace. 
12 I have sinned, O Lord, I have sinned, 
and I acknowledge mine iniquities. 
13 Therefore, I humbly beseech Thee: forgive me, 
O Lord, forgive me, and destroy me not with mine iniquities. 
Be not angry with me for ever by reserving evil for me; 
neither condemn me to the lower parts of the earth. 
For Thou art the God, even the God of them that repent; 
14 and in me Thou wilt show all Thy goodness. 
For Thou wilt save me that am unworthy, 
according to Thy great mercy. 
15 Therefore I will praise Thee for ever 
all the days of my life; 
for all the powers of the heavens do praise Thee, 
and Thine is the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Luke 4:1-13

1 And Jesus, being full of the Holy Ghost, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 and for forty days was tempted by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward when they were ended, He hungered. 3 And the devil said unto Him, "If Thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread." 4 And Jesus answered him, saying,

"It is written: `Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.'"

5 And the devil, taking Him up onto a high mountain, showed unto Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said unto Him, "All this power will I give Thee, and the glory of them; for this has been delivered unto me, and to whomsoever I will, I give it. 7 If Thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be Thine." 8 And Jesus answered and said unto him,

"Get thee behind Me, Satan! For it is written: `Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.'"

9 And he brought Him to Jerusalem, and set Him on a pinnacle of the temple and said unto Him, "If Thou be the Son of God, cast Thyself down from hence. 10 For it is written:

`He shall give His angels charge over thee
to keep thee,'

11 and,

`In their hands they shall bear thee up,
lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.'"

12 And Jesus answering said unto him,

"It is said, `Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.'"

13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from Him for a season.

Philippians 1:1-17

1 Paul and Timothy, the servants of Jesus Christ, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:

2 Grace be unto you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4 always in my every prayer for you all making request with joy, 5 for your fellowship in the Gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this very thing, that He who hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the Day of Jesus Christ. 7 It is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as, both in my bonds and in the defense and confirmation of the Gospel, ye are all partakers of my grace. 8 For God is my record how greatly I long for you all in the compassion of Jesus Christ. 9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment, 10 that ye may approve things that are excellent, and that ye may be sincere and without offense until the Day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

12 But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which have happened unto me have turned out unto the furtherance of the Gospel, 13 so that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace and in all other places; 14 and many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much bolder to speak the Word without fear. 15 Some indeed preach Christ even out of envy and strife, and some also out of good will. 16 The one preaches Christ out of contention and not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds; 17 but the other out of love, knowing that I am set for the defense of the Gospel.

Nehemiah 9:1-3, 5-15, 32-38

1 Now in the twenty and fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting and with sackcloth and earth upon them. 2 And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers, and stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers. 3 And they stood up in their place and read in the Book of the Law of the LORD their God for onefourth part of the day; and another fourth part they confessed and worshiped the LORD their God.

5 Then the Levites, Jeshua and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said:

"Stand up and bless the LORD your God for ever and ever!
And blessed be Thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise!
6 Thou, even Thou, art LORD alone;
Thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens with all their host,
the earth and all things that are therein,
the seas and all that is therein;
and Thou preservest them all;
and the host of heaven worshipeth Thee.

7 Thou art the LORD the God, who didst choose Abram, and broughtest him forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gavest him the name of Abraham; 
8 and foundest his heart faithful before Thee, and madest a covenant with him to give the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites and the Perizzites, and the Jebusites and the Girgashites--to give it, I say, to his seed, and hast performed Thy words, for Thou art righteous" 
9 and didst see the affliction of our fathers in Egypt, and heardest their cry by the Red Sea; 
10 and showedst signs and wonders upon Pharaoh and on all his servants and on all the people of his land. For Thou knewest that they dealt proudly against them. So didst Thou get Thee a name, as it is this day. 
11 And Thou didst divide the sea before them, so that they went through the midst of the sea on the dry land; and their persecutors Thou threwest into the deep, as a stone into the mighty waters. 
12 Moreover Thou leddest them in the day by a cloudy pillar, and in the night by a pillar of fire, to give them light in the way wherein they should go. 
13 Thou camest down also upon Mount Sinai and spokest with them from heaven, and gavest them right judgments and true laws, good statutes and commandments; 
14 and madest known unto them Thy holy Sabbath, and commandedst them precepts, statutes, and laws by the hand of Moses Thy servant; 
15 and gavest them bread from heaven for their hunger, and broughtest forth water for them out of the rock for their thirst, and promisedst them that they should go in to possess the land which Thou hadst sworn to give them.

32 "Now therefore, our God,
the great, the mighty, and the fearsome God, who keepest covenant and mercy,
let not all the trouble seem little before Thee that hath come upon us--
on our kings, on our princes, and on our priests, and on our prophets, and on our fathers, and on all Thy people since the time of the kings of Assyria unto this day.
33 Nevertheless, Thou art just in all that is brought upon us;
for Thou hast done right, but we have done wickedly.
34 Neither have our kings, our princes, our priests, nor our fathers kept Thy law,
nor hearkened unto Thy commandments and Thy testimonies, wherewith Thou didst testify against them.
35 For they have not served Thee in their kingdom,
and in Thy great goodness that Thou gavest them,
and in the large and fat land which Thou gavest before them,
neither turned they from their wicked works.
36 Behold, we are servants this day;
and for the land that Thou gavest unto our fathers to eat the fruit thereof and the good thereof, behold, we are servants in it.
37 And it yieldeth much increase unto the kings whom Thou hast set over us because of our sins;
also they have dominion over our bodies and over our cattle at their pleasure, and we are in great distress.

38 "And because of all this, we make a sure covenant, and write it;
and our princes, Levites, and priests set their seal unto it."

Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiastes 11:1

Cast thy bread upon the waters, 
for thou shalt find it after many days.

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