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Friday February 23 - Morning

St Polycarp of Smyrna

Recommended liturgies
pp84-87 or pp128-130

The readings are those set for Morning Prayer for February 23.

Psalm 22
Genesis 42:29-end
Galatians 5:16-end

Psalm 22

1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
 Why are you so far from saving me,
 so far from my cries of anguish?
2 My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
 by night, but I find no rest.

3 Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;
 you are the one Israel praises.
4 In you our ancestors put their trust;
 they trusted and you delivered them.
5 To you they cried out and were saved;
 in you they trusted and were not put to shame.

6 But I am a worm and not a man,
 scorned by everyone, despised by the people.
7All who see me mock me;
 they hurl insults, shaking their heads.
8 “He trusts in the Lord,” they say,
 “let the Lord rescue him.
Let him deliver him,
 since he delights in him.”

9 Yet you brought me out of the womb;
 you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast.
10 From birth I was cast on you;
 from my mother’s womb you have been my God.

11 Do not be far from me,
 for trouble is near
 and there is no one to help.

12 Many bulls surround me;
 strong bulls of Bashan encircle me.
13 Roaring lions that tear their prey
 open their mouths wide against me.
14 I am poured out like water,
 and all my bones are out of joint.
My heart has turned to wax;
 it has melted within me.
15 My mouth is dried up like a potsherd,
 and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;
 you lay me in the dust of death.

16 Dogs surround me,
 a pack of villains encircles me;
 they pierce my hands and my feet.
17 All my bones are on display;
 people stare and gloat over me.
18 They divide my clothes among them
 and cast lots for my garment.

19 But you, Lord, do not be far from me.
 You are my strength; come quickly to help me.
20 Deliver me from the sword,
 my precious life from the power of the dogs.
21Rescue me from the mouth of the lions;
 save me from the horns of the wild oxen.

22 I will declare your name to my people;  in the assembly I will praise you. 23 You who fear the Lord, praise him!  All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!  Revere him, all you descendants of Israel! 24 For he has not despised or scorned  the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him  but has listened to his cry for help.

25 From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly;
 before those who fear you I will fulfill my vows.
26 The poor will eat and be satisfied;
 those who seek the Lord will praise him—
 may your hearts live forever!

27 All the ends of the earth
 will remember and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
 will bow down before him,
28 for dominion belongs to the Lord
 and he rules over the nations.

29 All the rich of the earth will feast and worship;
 all who go down to the dust will kneel before him—
 those who cannot keep themselves alive.
30 Posterity will serve him;
 future generations will be told about the Lord.
31 They will proclaim his righteousness,
 declaring to a people yet unborn:
 He has done it!

Genesis 42:29-end

29 When they came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan, they told him all that had happened to them. They said, 30 “The man who is lord over the land spoke harshly to us and treated us as though we were spying on the land. 31 But we said to him, ‘We are honest men; we are not spies. 32 We were twelve brothers, sons of one father. One is no more, and the youngest is now with our father in Canaan.’

33 “Then the man who is lord over the land said to us, ‘This is how I will know whether you are honest men: Leave one of your brothers here with me, and take food for your starving households and go. 34 But bring your youngest brother to me so I will know that you are not spies but honest men. Then I will give your brother back to you, and you can trade in the land.’”

35 As they were emptying their sacks, there in each man’s sack was his pouch of silver! When they and their father saw the money pouches, they were frightened. 36 Their father Jacob said to them, “You have deprived me of my children. Joseph is no more and Simeon is no more, and now you want to take Benjamin. Everything is against me!”

37 Then Reuben said to his father, “You may put both of my sons to death if I do not bring him back to you. Entrust him to my care, and I will bring him back.”

38 But Jacob said, “My son will not go down there with you; his brother is dead and he is the only one left. If harm comes to him on the journey you are taking, you will bring my gray head down to the grave in sorrow.”

Galatians 5:16-end

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.


Faithful and everlasting God,
you gave your servant Polycarp
boldness to confess Jesus as his Lord and Saviour
and courage to die for his faith;
give us grace to share the cup of Christ
and in all our trials to praise your name;
through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.

Friday February 23 - Evening

St Polycarp of Smyrna

Recommended liturgies
pp87-89 or pp130-132

The readings are those set for Evening Prayer for February 23

Psalm 55
Jeremiah 6:22-end
John 6:16-27

Psalm 55

1 Listen to my prayer, O God,
 do not ignore my plea;
2 hear me and answer me.
My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught
3 because of what my enemy is saying,
 because of the threats of the wicked;
for they bring down suffering on me
 and assail me in their anger.

4 My heart is in anguish within me;
 the terrors of death have fallen on me.
5 Fear and trembling have beset me;
 horror has overwhelmed me.
6 I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove!
 I would fly away and be at rest.
7 I would flee far away
 and stay in the desert;
8 I would hurry to my place of shelter,
 far from the tempest and storm.”

9 Lord, confuse the wicked, confound their words,
 for I see violence and strife in the city.
10 Day and night they prowl about on its walls;
 malice and abuse are within it.
11 Destructive forces are at work in the city;
 threats and lies never leave its streets.

12 If an enemy were insulting me,
 I could endure it;
if a foe were rising against me,
 I could hide.
13 But it is you, a man like myself,
 my companion, my close friend,
14 with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship
 at the house of God,
as we walked about
 among the worshipers.

15 Let death take my enemies by surprise;
 let them go down alive to the realm of the dead,
 for evil finds lodging among them.

16 As for me, I call to God,
 and the Lord saves me.
17 Evening, morning and noon
 I cry out in distress,
 and he hears my voice.
18 He rescues me unharmed
 from the battle waged against me,
 even though many oppose me.
19 God, who is enthroned from of old,
 who does not change—
he will hear them and humble them,
 because they have no fear of God.

20 My companion attacks his friends;
 he violates his covenant.
21 His talk is smooth as butter,
 yet war is in his heart;
his words are more soothing than oil,
 yet they are drawn swords.

22 Cast your cares on the Lord
 and he will sustain you;
he will never let
 the righteous be shaken.
23 But you, God, will bring down the wicked
 into the pit of decay;
the bloodthirsty and deceitful
 will not live out half their days.

But as for me, I trust in you.

Jeremiah 6:22-end

22 This is what the Lord says:

“Look, an army is coming
 from the land of the north;
a great nation is being stirred up
 from the ends of the earth.
23 They are armed with bow and spear;
 they are cruel and show no mercy.
They sound like the roaring sea
 as they ride on their horses;
they come like men in battle formation
 to attack you, Daughter Zion.”

24 We have heard reports about them,
 and our hands hang limp.
Anguish has gripped us,
 pain like that of a woman in labor.
25 Do not go out to the fields
 or walk on the roads,
for the enemy has a sword,
 and there is terror on every side.
26 Put on sackcloth, my people,
 and roll in ashes;
mourn with bitter wailing
 as for an only son,
for suddenly the destroyer
 will come upon us.

27 “I have made you a tester of metals
 and my people the ore,
that you may observe
 and test their ways.
28 They are all hardened rebels,
 going about to slander.
They are bronze and iron;
 they all act corruptly.
29 The bellows blow fiercely
 to burn away the lead with fire,
but the refining goes on in vain;
 the wicked are not purged out.
30 They are called rejected silver,
 because the Lord has rejected them.”

John 6:16-27

16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 17 where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. 18 A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.” 21 Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.

22 The next day the crowd that had stayed on the opposite shore of the lake realized that only one boat had been there, and that Jesus had not entered it with his disciples, but that they had gone away alone. 23 Then some boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the people had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24 Once the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum in search of Jesus.

25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”

26 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”


Faithful and everlasting God,
you gave your servant Polycarp
boldness to confess Jesus as his Lord and Saviour
and courage to die for his faith;
give us grace to share the cup of Christ
and in all our trials to praise your name;
through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.

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