Lord of creation,
whose glory is around and within us:
open our eyes to your wonders,
that we may serve you with reverence
and know your peace at our lives’ end,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
‘But in those days, after that suffering,
the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light,
and the stars will be falling from heaven,
and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
Then they will see “the Son of Man coming in clouds” with great power and glory. Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.
‘From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
Rebuke me not, O Lord, in your anger,
neither chasten me in your heavy displeasure.
For your arrows have stuck fast in me
and your hand presses hard upon me.
There is no health in my flesh
because of your indignation;
there is no peace in my bones because of my sin.
For my iniquities have gone over my head;
their weight is a burden too heavy to bear.
My wounds stink and fester
because of my foolishness.
I am utterly bowed down and brought very low;
I go about mourning all the day long.
My loins are filled with searing pain;
there is no health in my flesh.
I am feeble and utterly crushed;
I roar aloud because of the disquiet of my heart.
O Lord, you know all my desires
and my sighing is not hidden from you.
My heart is pounding, my strength has failed me;
the light of my eyes is gone from me.
My friends and companions stand apart from my affliction;
my neighbours stand afar off.
Those who seek after my life lay snares for me;
and those who would harm me whisper evil
and mutter slander all the day long.
But I am like one who is deaf and hears not,
like one that is dumb, who does not open his mouth.
I have become like one who does not hear
and from whose mouth comes no retort.
For in you, Lord, have I put my trust;
you will answer me, O Lord my God.
For I said, ‘Let them not triumph over me,
those who exult over me when my foot slips.’
Truly, I am on the verge of falling
and my pain is ever with me.
I will confess my iniquity
and be sorry for my sin.
Those that are my enemies without any cause are mighty,
and those who hate me wrongfully are many in number.
Those who repay evil for good are against me,
because the good is what I seek.
Forsake me not, O Lord;
be not far from me, O my God.
Make haste to help me,
O Lord of my salvation.