Dum medium. Wisdom 18
Whenas all the world was in profoundest quietness, and night was in the midst of her swift course: thine almighty Word, O Lord, leaped down from heaven out of thy royal throne. [Psalm 93] The Lord is King, and hath put on glorious apparel: the Lord hath put on his apparel, and girded himself with strength. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen. Whenas all the world . . .
Almighty God, who hast poured upon us the new light of thine incarnate Word; grant that the same light enkindled in our hearts may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
[Psalm 45] Thou art fairer than the children of men: full of grace are thy lips. My heart is inditing of a good matter, I speak of the things which I have made unto the King: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
Alleluia, alleluia. [Psalm 93] The Lord is King, and hath put on glorious apparel: the Lord hath put on his apparel and girded himself with strength. Alleluia.
St. Matthew 2:19–23
When Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life. And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee: and he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.
[Psalm 93] God hath made the round world so sure that it cannot be moved: ever since the world began hath thy seat, O God, been prepared: thou art from everlasting.
[St. Matthew 2] Take the young Child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young Child’s life.
Below are plainsong renditions of the Psalms as published in the Saint Dunstan’s Plainsong Psalter.
NOTE: The Psalms for the dated days after the Epiphany are to be used only until the following Sunday.