Clare: Abbess at Assisi, 1253

Tuesday, August 11, 2015Thursday, August 11, 2016Friday, August 11, 2017Saturday, August 11, 2018
The Collect: 

Rite I:
O God, whose blessed Son became poor that we through his poverty might be rich: Deliver us, we pray thee, from an inordinate love of this world, that, inspired by the devotion of thy servant Clare, we may serve thee with singleness of heart, and attain to the riches of the age to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Rite II:
O God, whose blessed Son became poor that we through his poverty might be rich: Deliver us from an inordinate love of this world, that we, inspired by the devotion of your servant Clare, may serve you with singleness of heart, and attain to the riches of the age to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Old Testament: 
Song of Solomon 2:10-13

10 My beloved speaks and says to me:
‘Arise, my love, my fair one,
   and come away;
11 for now the winter is past,
   the rain is over and gone.
12 The flowers appear on the earth;
   the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtle-dove
   is heard in our land.
13 The fig tree puts forth its figs,
   and the vines are in blossom;
   they give forth fragrance.
Arise, my love, my fair one,
   and come away.

Psalm: 
Psalm 63:1-8

1 O God, you are my God; eagerly I seek you; *
       my soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you,
       as in a barren and dry land where there is no water.
2 Therefore I have gazed upon you in your holy place, *
       that I might behold your power and your glory.
3 For your loving-kindness is better than life itself; *
       my lips shall give you praise.
4 So will I bless you as long as I live *
       and lift up my hands in your Name.
5 My soul is content, as with marrow and fatness, *
       and my mouth praises you with joyful lips,
6 When I remember you upon my bed, *
       and meditate on you in the night watches.
7 For you have been my helper, *
       and under the shadow of your wings I will rejoice.
8 My soul clings to you; *
       your right hand holds me fast.

Epistle: 
1 Peter 4:1-2

1 Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same intention (for whoever has suffered in the flesh has finished with sin), 2so as to live for the rest of your earthly life no longer by human desires but by the will of God.

Gospel: 
Luke 12:32-37

32 ‘Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

35 ‘Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; 36be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. 37Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them.