Óscar Romero: Archbishop of San Salvador, 1980, and the Martyrs of El Salvador

Friday, March 24, 2017Saturday, March 24, 2018
The Collect: 

Rite I:
Almighty God, who didst call thy servant Oscar Romero to be a voice for the voiceless poor, and to give his life as a seed of freedom and a sign of hope: Grant that, inspired by his sacrifice and the example of the martyrs of El Salvador, we may without fear or favor witness to thy Word who abideth, thy Word who is Life, even Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Spirit, be praise and glory now and for ever. Amen.

Rite II:
Almighty God, you called your servant Oscar Romero to be a voice for the voiceless poor, and to give his life as a seed of freedom and a sign of hope: Grant that, inspired by his sacrifice and the example of the martyrs of El Salvador, we may without fear or favor witness to your Word who abides, your Word who is Life, even Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be praise and glory now and for ever. Amen.

First Lesson: 
Revelation 7:13-17

13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, ‘Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?’ 14I said to him, ‘Sir, you are the one that knows.’ Then he said to me, ‘These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 
15 For this reason they are before the throne of God,
   and worship him day and night within his temple,
   and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them. 
16 They will hunger no more, and thirst no more;
   the sun will not strike them,
   nor any scorching heat; 
17 for the Lamb at the centre of the throne will be their shepherd,
   and he will guide them to springs of the water of life,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’

Psalm: 
Psalm 31:15-24

15 My times are in your hand; *
       rescue me from the hand of my enemies,
       and from those who persecute me.
16 Make your face to shine upon your servant, *
       and in your loving-kindness save me."
17 Lord, let me not be ashamed for having called upon you; *
       rather, let the wicked be put to shame;
       let them be silent in the grave.
18 Let the lying lips be silenced which speak against
                             the righteous, *
       haughtily, disdainfully, and with contempt.
19 How great is your goodness, O Lord!
   which you have laid up for those who fear you; *
       which you have done in the sight of all
       for those who put their trust in you.
20 You hide them in the covert of your presence from those
                             who slander them; *
       you keep them in your shelter from the strife of tongues.
21 Blessed be the Lord! *
       for he has shown me the wonders of his love in a
                             besieged city.
22 Yet I said in my alarm,
   "I have been cut off from the sight of your eyes." *
       Nevertheless, you heard the sound of my entreaty
       when I cried out to you.
23 Love the Lord, all you who worship him; *
       the Lord protects the faithful,
       but repays to the full those who act haughtily.
24 Be strong and let your heart take courage, *
       all you who wait for the Lord.

Gospel: 
John 12:23-32

23Jesus answered them, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honour. 27 ‘Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—“Father, save me from this hour”? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour.28Father, glorify your name.’ Then a voice came from heaven, ‘I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.’ 29The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, ‘An angel has spoken to him.’30Jesus answered, ‘This voice has come for your sake, not for mine.31Now is the judgement of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. 32And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.’