Wednesday 17 February

Collect
Almighty Father,
whose Son was revealed in majesty
before he suffered death upon the cross:
give us grace to perceive his glory,
that we may be strengthened to suffer with him
and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Matthew 6.1–6,16–21
‘Beware of practising your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven.
 ‘So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
 ‘And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
 ‘And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
 ‘Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Psalm 51.1–18
    Have mercy on me, O God, in your great goodness;
   according to the abundance of your compassion
      blot out my offences.
    Wash me thoroughly from my wickedness
   and cleanse me from my sin.
    For I acknowledge my faults
   and my sin is ever before me.
    Against you only have I sinned
   and done what is evil in your sight,
    So that you are justified in your sentence
   and righteous in your judgement.
    I have been wicked even from my birth,
   a sinner when my mother conceived me.
    Behold, you desire truth deep within me
   and shall make me understand wisdom
      in the depths of my heart.
    Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean;
   wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.
    Make me hear of joy and gladness,
   that the bones you have broken may rejoice.
      Turn your face from my sins
   and blot out all my misdeeds.
      Make me a clean heart, O God,
   and renew a right spirit within me.
      Cast me not away from your presence
   and take not your holy spirit from me.
      Give me again the joy of your salvation
   and sustain me with your gracious spirit;
      Then shall I teach your ways to the wicked
   and sinners shall return to you.
      Deliver me from my guilt, O God,
      the God of my salvation,
   and my tongue shall sing of your righteousness.
      O Lord, open my lips
   and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
      For you desire no sacrifice, else I would give it;
   you take no delight in burnt offerings.
      The sacrifice of God is a broken spirit;
   a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.