Elizabeth Seton: Founder of The American Sisters of Charity, 1821

Monday, January 04, 2016Wednesday, January 04, 2017Thursday, January 04, 2018
The Collect: 

Holy God, you blessed Elizabeth Seton with your grace as wife, mother, educator and founder, that she might spend her life in service to your people: Help us, by her example, to express our love for you in love of others; through Jesus Christ our Redeemer, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Psalm: 
Psalm 119:105-112

105 Your word is a lantern to my feet *
         and a light upon my path.
106 I have sworn and am determined *
        to keep your righteous judgments.
107 I am deeply troubled; *
        preserve my life, O Lord, according to your word.
108 Accept, O Lord, the willing tribute of my lips, *
        and teach me your judgments.
109 My life is always in my hand, *
        yet I do not forget your law.
110 The wicked have set a trap for me, *
        but I have not strayed from your commandments.
111 Your decrees are my inheritance for ever; *
        truly, they are the joy of my heart.
112 I have applied my heart to fulfill your statutes *
        for ever and to the end.

Epistle: 
Romans 16:19-20

19For while your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, I want you to be wise in what is good, and guileless in what is evil. 20The God of peace will shortly crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Gospel: 
Luke 14:15-23

15 One of the dinner guests, on hearing this, said to him, ‘Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!’ 16Then Jesus said to him, ‘Someone gave a great dinner and invited many. 17At the time for the dinner he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, “Come; for everything is ready now.” 18But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, “I have bought a piece of land, and I must go out and see it; please accept my apologies.” 19Another said, “I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please accept my apologies.” 20Another said, “I have just been married, and therefore I cannot come.” 21So the slave returned and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and said to his slave, “Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.” 22And the slave said, “Sir, what you ordered has been done, and there is still room.” 23Then the master said to the slave, “Go out into the roads and lanes, and compel people to come in, so that my house may be filled.