Dunstan: Archbishop of Canterbury, 988

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The Collect: 

Rite I:
O God of truth and beauty, who didst richly endow thy bishop Dunstan with skill in music and the working of metals, and with gifts of administration and reforming zeal: Teach us, we beseech thee, to see in thee the source of all our talents, and move us to offer them for the adornment of worship and the advancement of true religion; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Rite II:
O God of truth and beauty, you richly endowed your bishop Dunstan with skill in music and the working of metals, and with gifts of administration and reforming zeal: Teach us, we pray, to see in you the source of all our talents, and move us to offer them for the adornment of worship and the advancement of true religion; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Lesson: 
Ecclesiasticus 44:1–7

Let us now sing the praises of famous men,
   our ancestors in their generations.
2 The Lord apportioned to them great glory,
   his majesty from the beginning.
3 There were those who ruled in their kingdoms,
   and made a name for themselves by their valour;
those who gave counsel because they were intelligent;
   those who spoke in prophetic oracles;
4 those who led the people by their counsels
   and by their knowledge of the people’s lore;
   they were wise in their words of instruction;
5 those who composed musical tunes,
   or put verses in writing;
6 rich men endowed with resources,
   living peacefully in their homes—
7 all these were honoured in their generations,
   and were the pride of their times.

Psalm: 
Psalm 57:6-11 or 33:1–5,20–21

6 Exalt yourself above the heavens, O God, *
       and your glory over all the earth.
7 My heart is firmly fixed, O God, my heart is fixed; *
       I will sing and make melody.
8 Wake up, my spirit;
  awake, lute and harp; *
       I myself will waken the dawn.
9 I will confess you among the peoples, O Lord; *
       I will sing praise to you among the nations.
10 For your loving-kindness is greater than the heavens, *
       and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
11 Exalt yourself above the heavens, O God, *
       and your glory over all the earth.

or

1 Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous; *
       it is good for the just to sing praises.
2 Praise the Lord with the harp; *
       play to him upon the psaltery and lyre.
3 Sing for him a new song; *
       sound a fanfare with all your skill upon the trumpet.
4 For the word of the Lord is right, *
       and all his works are sure.
5 He loves righteousness and justice; *
       the loving-kindness of the Lord fills the whole earth.

20 Our soul waits for the Lord; *
       he is our help and our shield.
21 Indeed, our heart rejoices in him, *
       for in his holy Name we put our trust.

Gospel: 
Matthew 24:42-47

42Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.

45 ‘Who then is the faithful and wise slave, whom his master has put in charge of his household, to give the other slaves their allowance of food at the proper time? 46Blessed is that slave whom his master will find at work when he arrives. 47Truly I tell you, he will put that one in charge of all his possessions.

The Old Testament, New Testament and Gospels readings are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright 1989, 1995, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

The Collects, Psalms and Canticles are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.