O God, you declare your almighty power
most chiefly in showing mercy and pity:
mercifully grant to us such a measure of your grace,
that we, running the way of your commandments,
may receive your gracious promises,
and be made partakers of your heavenly treasure;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, ‘Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.’ For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. When it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, ‘This is a deserted place, and the hour is now very late; send them away so that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy something for themselves to eat.’ But he answered them, ‘You give them something to eat.’ They said to him, ‘Are we to go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread, and give it to them to eat?’ And he said to them, ‘How many loaves have you? Go and see.’ When they had found out, they said, ‘Five, and two fish.’ Then he ordered them to get all the people to sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two fish among them all. And all ate and were filled; and they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. Those who had eaten the loaves numbered five thousand men.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.
O Lord my God, how excellent is your greatness!
You are clothed with majesty and honour,
wrapped in light as in a garment.
You spread out the heavens like a curtain
and lay the beams of your dwelling place in the waters above.
You make the clouds your chariot
and ride on the wings of the wind.
You make the winds your messengers
and flames of fire your servants.
You laid the foundations of the earth,
that it never should move at any time.
You covered it with the deep like a garment;
the waters stood high above the hills.
At your rebuke they fled;
at the voice of your thunder they hastened away.
They rose up to the hills and flowed down to the valleys beneath,
to the place which you had appointed for them.
You have set them their bounds that they should not pass,
nor turn again to cover the earth.
You send the springs into the brooks,
which run among the hills.
They give drink to every beast of the field,
and the wild asses quench their thirst.
Beside them the birds of the air make their nests
and sing among the branches.
You water the hills from your dwelling on high;
the earth is filled with the fruit of your works.
You make grass to grow for the cattle
and plants to meet our needs,
Bringing forth food from the earth
and wine to gladden our hearts,
Oil to give us a cheerful countenance
and bread to strengthen our hearts.
The trees of the Lord are full of sap,
the cedars of Lebanon which he planted,
In which the birds build their nests,
while the fir trees are a dwelling for the stork.
The mountains are a refuge for the wild goats
and the stony cliffs for the conies.
You appointed the moon to mark the seasons,
and the sun knows the time for its setting.
You make darkness that it may be night,
in which all the beasts of the forest creep forth.
The lions roar for their prey
and seek their food from God.
The sun rises and they are gone
to lay themselves down in their dens.
People go forth to their work
and to their labour until the evening.
O Lord, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom you have made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.
There is the sea, spread far and wide,
and there move creatures beyond number, both small and great.
There go the ships, and there is that Leviathan
which you have made to play in the deep.
All of these look to you
to give them their food in due season.
When you give it them, they gather it;
you open your hand and they are filled with good.
When you hide your face they are troubled;
when you take away their breath,
they die and return again to the dust.
When you send forth your spirit, they are created,
and you renew the face of the earth.
May the glory of the Lord endure for ever;
may the Lord rejoice in his works;
He looks on the earth and it trembles;
he touches the mountains and they smoke.
I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will make music to my God while I have my being.
So shall my song please him
while I rejoice in the Lord.
Let sinners be consumed out of the earth
and the wicked be no more.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.