Monday 1 March

Collect
Almighty God,
you see that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves:
keep us both outwardly in our bodies,
and inwardly in our souls;
that we may be defended from all adversities
   which may happen to the body,
and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Jeremiah 7.21-34
 Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Add your burnt-offerings to your sacrifices, and eat the flesh. For on the day that I brought your ancestors out of the land of Egypt, I did not speak to them or command them concerning burnt-offerings and sacrifices. But this command I gave them, ‘Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people; and walk only in the way that I command you, so that it may be well with you.’ Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but, in the stubbornness of their evil will, they walked in their own counsels, and looked backwards rather than forwards. From the day that your ancestors came out of the land of Egypt until this day, I have persistently sent all my servants the prophets to them, day after day; yet they did not listen to me, or pay attention, but they stiffened their necks. They did worse than their ancestors did.
 So you shall speak all these words to them, but they will not listen to you. You shall call to them, but they will not answer you. You shall say to them: This is the nation that did not obey the voice of the Lord their God, and did not accept discipline; truth has perished; it is cut off from their lips.
 Cut off your hair and throw it away;
   raise a lamentation on the bare heights,
for the Lord has rejected and forsaken
   the generation that provoked his wrath.
 For the people of Judah have done evil in my sight, says the Lord; they have set their abominations in the house that is called by my name, defiling it. And they go on building the high place of Topheth, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire—which I did not command, nor did it come into my mind. Therefore, the days are surely coming, says the Lord, when it will no more be called Topheth, or the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of Slaughter: for they will bury in Topheth until there is no more room. The corpses of this people will be food for the birds of the air, and for the animals of the earth; and no one will frighten them away. And I will bring to an end the sound of mirth and gladness, the voice of the bride and bridegroom in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem; for the land shall become a waste.

Psalm 32
    Happy the one whose transgression is forgiven,
   and whose sin is covered.
    Happy the one to whom the Lord imputes no guilt,
   and in whose spirit there is no guile.
    For I held my tongue;
   my bones wasted away
      through my groaning all the day long.
    Your hand was heavy upon me day and night;
   my moisture was dried up like the drought in summer.
    Then I acknowledged my sin to you
   and my iniquity I did not hide.
    I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’
   and you forgave the guilt of my sin.
    Therefore let all the faithful make their prayers to you
      in time of trouble;
   in the great water flood, it shall not reach them.
    You are a place for me to hide in;
      you preserve me from trouble;
   you surround me with songs of deliverance.
    ‘I will instruct you and teach you
      in the way that you should go;
   I will guide you with my eye.
      ‘Be not like horse and mule which have no understanding;
   whose mouths must be held with bit and bridle,
      or else they will not stay near you.’
      Great tribulations remain for the wicked,
   but mercy embraces those who trust in the Lord.
      Be glad, you righteous, and rejoice in the Lord;
   shout for joy, all who are true of heart.