Readings of the Day: Saturday of the Third Week of Lent
Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy steadfast love; according to thy abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
Reading for the Day
Reading for the Day
- 1 "Come, let us return to the LORD; for he has torn, that he may heal us; he has stricken, and he will bind us up.
- 2 After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him.
- 3 Let us know, let us press on to know the LORD; his going forth is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth."
- 4 What shall I do with you, O E'phraim? What shall I do with you, O Judah? Your love is like a morning cloud, like the dew that goes early away.
- 5 Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets, I have slain them by the words of my mouth, and my judgment goes forth as the light.
- 6 For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God, rather than burnt offerings.
Psalms 51:3-4, 18-21
Response: It is mercy I desire, and not sacrifice.
- 1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy steadfast love; according to thy abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
- 2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! R
- 16 For thou hast no delight in sacrifice; were I to give a burnt offering, thou wouldst not be pleased.
- 17 The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
- 18 Do good to Zion in thy good pleasure; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem,
- 19 then wilt thou delight in right sacrifices, in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings; then bulls will be offered on thy altar. R
Gospel for the Day
- 9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and despised others:
- 10 "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
- 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, `God, I thank thee that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.
- 12 I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I get.'
- 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, `God, be merciful to me a sinner!'
- 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted."
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