Wednesday 6 October

Collect
Almighty and everlasting God,
increase in us your gift of faith
that, forsaking what lies behind
and reaching out to that which is before,
we may run the way of your commandments
and win the crown of everlasting joy;
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.

Mark 15.33–41
When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?’ which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, ‘Listen, he is calling for Elijah.’ And someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying, ‘Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.’ Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, ‘Truly this man was God’s Son!’
There were also women looking on from a distance; among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. These used to follow him and provided for him when he was in Galilee; and there were many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem.

Psalm 119.105–128
  Your word is a lantern to my feet
   and a light upon my path.
  I have sworn and will fulfil it,
   to keep your righteous judgements.
  I am troubled above measure;
   give me life, O Lord, according to your word.
  Accept the freewill offering of my mouth, O Lord,
   and teach me your judgements.
  My soul is ever in my hand,
   yet I do not forget your law.
  The wicked have laid a snare for me,
   but I have not strayed from your commandments.
  Your testimonies have I claimed as my heritage for ever;
   for they are the very joy of my heart.
  I have applied my heart to fulfil your statutes:
   always, even to the end.
  I hate those who are double-minded,
   but your law do I love.
  You are my hiding place and my shield
   and my hope is in your word.
  Away from me, you wicked!
   I will keep the commandments of my God.
  Sustain me according to your promise, that I may live,
   and let me not be disappointed in my hope.
  Hold me up and I shall be saved,
   and my delight shall be ever in your statutes.
  You set at nought those who depart from your statutes,
   for their deceiving is in vain.
  You consider all the wicked as dross;
   therefore I love your testimonies.
  My flesh trembles for fear of you
   and I am afraid of your judgements.
  I have done what is just and right;
   O give me not over to my oppressors.
  Stand surety for your servant’s good;
   let not the proud oppress me.
  My eyes fail with watching for your salvation
   and for your righteous promise.
  O deal with your servant according to your faithful love
   and teach me your statutes.
  I am your servant; O grant me understanding,
   that I may know your testimonies.
  It is time for you to act, O Lord,
   for they frustrate your law.
  Therefore I love your commandments
   above gold, even much fine gold.
  Therefore I direct my steps by all your precepts,
   and all false ways I utterly abhor.