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Psalm 112

1  Alleluia.
      Blessed are those who fear the Lord 
   and have great delight in his commandments.
2  Their descendants will be mighty in the land, 
   a generation of the faithful that will be blest.
3  Wealth and riches will be in their house, 
   and their righteousness endures for ever.
4  Light shines in the darkness for the upright; 
   gracious and full of compassion are the righteous.
5  It goes well with those who are generous in lending 
   and order their affairs with justice,
6  For they will never be shaken; 
   the righteous will be held in everlasting remembrance.
7  They will not be afraid of any evil tidings; 
   their heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
8  Their heart is sustained and will not fear, 
   until they see the downfall of their foes.
9  They have given freely to the poor;
      their righteousness stands fast for ever; 
   their head will be exalted with honour.
10  The wicked shall see it and be angry;
      they shall gnash their teeth in despair; 
   the desire of the wicked shall perish.

Psalm 113

1  Alleluia.
      Give praise, you servants of the Lord, 
   O praise the name of the Lord.
2  Blessed be the name of the Lord, 
   from this time forth and for evermore.
3  From the rising of the sun to its setting 
   let the name of the Lord be praised.
4  The Lord is high above all nations 
   and his glory above the heavens.
5  Who is like the Lord our God,
      that has his throne so high, 
   yet humbles himself to behold
      the things of heaven and earth?
6  He raises the poor from the dust 
   and lifts the needy from the ashes,
7  To set them with princes, 
   with the princes of his people.
8  He gives the barren woman a place in the house 
   and makes her a joyful mother of children.
      Alleluia.

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Joel 1: 1-13

Joel

1The word of the Lord that came to Joel son of Pethuel:

Lament over the Ruin of the Country


2 Hear this, O elders,
   give ear, all inhabitants of the land!
Has such a thing happened in your days,
   or in the days of your ancestors?
3 Tell your children of it,
   and let your children tell their children,
   and their children another generation.


4 What the cutting locust left,
   the swarming locust has eaten.
What the swarming locust left,
   the hopping locust has eaten,
and what the hopping locust left,
   the destroying locust has eaten.


5 Wake up, you drunkards, and weep;
   and wail, all you wine-drinkers,
over the sweet wine,
   for it is cut off from your mouth.
6 For a nation has invaded my land,
   powerful and innumerable;
its teeth are lions’ teeth,
   and it has the fangs of a lioness.
7 It has laid waste my vines,
   and splintered my fig trees;
it has stripped off their bark and thrown it down;
   their branches have turned white.


8 Lament like a virgin dressed in sackcloth
   for the husband of her youth.
9 The grain-offering and the drink-offering are cut off
   from the house of the Lord.
The priests mourn,
   the ministers of the Lord.
10 The fields are devastated,
   the ground mourns;
for the grain is destroyed,
   the wine dries up,
   the oil fails.


11 Be dismayed, you farmers,
   wail, you vine-dressers,
over the wheat and the barley;
   for the crops of the field are ruined.
12 The vine withers,
   the fig tree droops.
Pomegranate, palm, and apple—
   all the trees of the field are dried up;
surely, joy withers away
   among the people.

A Call to Repentance and Prayer


13 Put on sackcloth and lament, you priests;
   wail, you ministers of the altar.
Come, pass the night in sackcloth,
   you ministers of my God!
Grain-offering and drink-offering
   are withheld from the house of your God.

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Revelation 18: 15-24


15The merchants of these wares, who gained wealth from her, will stand far off, in fear of her torment, weeping and mourning aloud,
16 ‘Alas, alas, the great city,
   clothed in fine linen,
     in purple and scarlet,
   adorned with gold,
     with jewels, and with pearls!
17 For in one hour all this wealth has been laid waste!’

And all shipmasters and seafarers, sailors and all whose trade is on the sea, stood far off 18and cried out as they saw the smoke of her burning,
‘What city was like the great city?’
19And they threw dust on their heads, as they wept and mourned, crying out,
‘Alas, alas, the great city,
   where all who had ships at sea
   grew rich by her wealth!
For in one hour she has been laid waste.’

20 Rejoice over her, O heaven, you saints and apostles and prophets! For God has given judgement for you against her.

21 Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying,
‘With such violence Babylon the great city
   will be thrown down,
   and will be found no more;
22 and the sound of harpists and minstrels and of flautists and trumpeters
   will be heard in you no more;
and an artisan of any trade
   will be found in you no more;
and the sound of the millstone
   will be heard in you no more;
23 and the light of a lamp
   will shine in you no more;
and the voice of bridegroom and bride
   will be heard in you no more;
for your merchants were the magnates of the earth,
   and all nations were deceived by your sorcery.
24 And in you* was found the blood of prophets and of saints,
   and of all who have been slaughtered on earth.’

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