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Lent 4 — Laetare
by: Rev. Weslie Odom
Collect of the Day:
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, Your mercies are new every morning; and though we deserve only punishment, You receive us as Your children and provide for all our needs of body and soul. Grant that we may heartily acknowledge Your merciful goodness, give thanks for all Your benefits, and serve You in willing obedience; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Psalm 122:1-2, 6, 8 (antiphon: Isaiah 66:10-11) — The peace of the Lord
Psalm 132:8-18 (antiphon: v. 13) — The Lord has chosen; the Lord will bless
Old Testament Reading:
Exodus 16:2-21 — Bread from Heaven
Psalm 122:1, 7 — Let us go into the house of the Lord
Galatians 4:21-31 — The Law enslaves
Psalm 125:1-2, 5b — Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved
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