Cecilia: Martyr at Rome, c. 280

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The Collect: 

Rite I:
Most gracious God, whose blessed martyr Cecilia didst sing in her heart to strengthen her witness to thee: We thank thee for the makers of music whom thou hast gifted with Pentecostal fire; and we pray that we may join with them in creation’s song of praise until at the last, with Cecelia and all thy saints, we come to share in the song of those redeemed by our Savior Jesus Christ; who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Rite II:
Most gracious God, whose blessed martyr Cecilia sang in her heart to strengthen her witness to you: We give you thanks for the makers of music whom you have gifted with Pentecostal fire; and we pray that we may join with them in creation’s song of praise until at the last, with Cecelia and all your saints, we come to share in the song of those redeemed by our Savior Jesus Christ; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

First Lesson: 
Azariah 1:28–34,52–59,68

28 Then the three with one voice praised and glorified and blessed God in the furnace:
29 ‘Blessed are you, O Lord, God of our ancestors,
   and to be praised and highly exalted for ever;
30 And blessed is your glorious, holy name,
   and to be highly praised and highly exalted for ever.
31 Blessed are you in the temple of your holy glory,
   and to be extolled and highly glorified for ever.
32 Blessed are you who look into the depths from your throne on the cherubim,
   and to be praised and highly exalted for ever.
33 Blessed are you on the throne of your kingdom,
   and to be extolled and highly exalted for ever.
34 Blessed are you in the firmament of heaven,
   and to be sung and glorified for ever.

52 ‘Let the earth bless the Lord;
   let it sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.
53 Bless the Lord, mountains and hills;
   sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.
54 Bless the Lord, all that grows in the ground;
   sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.
55 Bless the Lord, seas and rivers;
   sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.
56 Bless the Lord, you springs;
   sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.
57 Bless the Lord, you whales and all that swim in the waters;
   sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.
58 Bless the Lord, all birds of the air;
   sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.
59 Bless the Lord, all wild animals and cattle;
   sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.

68 All who worship the Lord, bless the God of gods,
   sing praise to him and give thanks to him,
   for his mercy endures for ever.’

Psalm: 
Psalm 150

1 Hallelujah!
  Praise God in his holy temple; *
       praise him in the firmament of his power.
2 Praise him for his mighty acts; *
       praise him for his excellent greatness.
3 Praise him with the blast of the ram's-horn; *
       praise him with lyre and harp.
4 Praise him with timbrel and dance; *
       praise him with strings and pipe.
5 Praise him with resounding cymbals; *
       praise him with loud-clanging cymbals.
6 Let everything that has breath *
       praise the Lord.
       Hallelujah!

Second Lesson: 
Revelation 15:1–4

1 Then I saw another portent in heaven, great and amazing: seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is ended.

And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands. 3And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb:
‘Great and amazing are your deeds,
   Lord God the Almighty!
Just and true are your ways,
   King of the nations!*
4 Lord, who will not fear
   and glorify your name?
For you alone are holy.
   All nations will come
   and worship before you,
for your judgements have been revealed.’

Gospel: 
Luke 10:38–42

38 Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. 40But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.’ 41But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; 42there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.’