Augustine: First Archbishop of Canterbury, 605

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The Collect: 

Rite I:
O Lord our God, who by thy Son Jesus Christ didst call thine apostles and send them forth to preach the Gospel to the nations: We bless thy holy Name for thy servant Augustine, first Archbishop of Canterbury, whose labors in propagating thy Church among the English people we commemorate today; and we pray that all whom thou dost call and send may do thy will, and bide thy time, and see thy glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Rite II:
O Lord our God, by your Son Jesus Christ you called your apostles and sent them forth to preach the Gospel to the nations; We bless your holy Name for your servant Augustine, first Archbishop of Canterbury, whose labors in propagating your Church among the English people we commemorate today; and we pray that all whom you call and send may do your will, and bide your time, and see your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

First Lesson: 
Tobit 13:1,10–11

1 Then Tobit said:
‘Blessed be God who lives for ever,
   because his kingdom lasts throughout all ages.
10 Acknowledge the Lord, for he is good,
   and bless the King of the ages,
   so that his tent may be rebuilt in you in joy.
May he cheer all those within you who are captives,
   and love all those within you who are distressed,
   to all generations for ever.
11 A bright light will shine to all the ends of the earth;
   many nations will come to you from far away,
the inhabitants of the remotest parts of the earth to your holy name,
   bearing gifts in their hands for the King of heaven.
Generation after generation will give joyful praise in you;
   the name of the chosen city will endure for ever.

Psalm: 
Psalm 66:1-8

1 Be joyful in God, all you lands; *
       sing the glory of his Name;
       sing the glory of his praise.
2 Say to God, "How awesome are your deeds! *
       because of your great strength your enemies cringe before you.
3 All the earth bows down before you, *
       sings to you, sings out your Name."
4 Come now and see the works of God, *
       how wonderful he is in his doing toward all people.
5 He turned the sea into dry land,
  so that they went through the water on foot, *
       and there we rejoiced in him.
6 In his might he rules for ever;
  his eyes keep watch over the nations; *
       let no rebel rise up against him.
7 Bless our God, you peoples; *
       make the voice of his praise to be heard;
8 Who holds our souls in life, *
       and will not allow our feet to slip.

Epistle: 
2 Corinthians 5:17-20a

17So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 18All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; 19that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself,* not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. 20So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us.

Gospel: 
Luke 5:1-11

1 Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, 2he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. 3He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. 4When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.’ 5Simon answered, ‘Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.’ 6When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. 7So they signalled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. 8But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, ‘Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!’ 9For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; 10and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.’ 11When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.