Augustine: Bishop of Hippo, 430

Friday, August 28, 2015Monday, August 28, 2017Tuesday, August 28, 2018
The Collect: 

Rite I:
O Lord God, who art the light of the minds that know thee, the life of the souls that love thee, and the strength of the hearts that serve thee: Help us, following the example of thy servant Augustine of Hippo, so to know thee that we may truly love thee, and so to love thee that we may fully serve thee, whom to serve is perfect freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Rite II:
Lord God, the light of the minds that know you, the life of the souls that love you, and the strength of the hearts that serve you: Help us, following the example of your servant Augustine of Hippo, so to know you that we may truly love you, and so to love you that we may fully serve you, whom to serve is perfect freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Lesson: 
Hebrews 12:22-24, 28-29

22But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, 23and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. 28Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us give thanks, by which we offer to God an acceptable worship with reverence and awe; 29for indeed our God is a consuming fire.

Psalm: 
Psalm 87 or 84:7–12

1 On the holy mountain stands the city he has founded; *
       the Lord loves the gates of Zion
       more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
2 Glorious things are spoken of you, *
       O city of our God.
3 I count Egypt and Babylon among those who know me; *
       behold Philistia, Tyre, and Ethiopia:
       in Zion were they born.
4 Of Zion it shall be said, "Everyone was born in her, *
       and the Most High himself shall sustain her."
5 The Lord will record as he enrolls the peoples, *
      "These also were born there."
6 The singers and the dancers will say, *
      "All my fresh springs are in you."

or

7 Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; *
       hearken, O God of Jacob.
8 Behold our defender, O God; *
       and look upon the face of your Anointed.
9 For one day in your courts is better than
                             a thousand in my own room, *
       and to stand at the threshold of the house of my God
       than to dwell in the tents of the wicked.
10 For the Lord God is both sun and shield; *
       he will give grace and glory;
11 No good thing will the Lord withhold *
       from those who walk with integrity.
12 O Lord of hosts, *
       happy are they who put their trust in you!

Gospel: 
John 14:6-15

6Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.’

Philip said to him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.’ 9Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, “Show us the Father”? 10Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. 12Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. 13I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.

15 ‘If you love me, you will keep* my commandments.