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.

Reading: 
2 Esdras 2:15–24

15 ‘Mother, embrace your children; bring them up with gladness, as does a dove; strengthen their feet, because I have chosen you, says the Lord. 16And I will raise up the dead from their places, and bring them out from their tombs, because I recognize my name in them. 17Do not fear, mother of children, for I have chosen you, says the Lord. 18I will send you help, my servants Isaiah and Jeremiah. According to their counsel I have consecrated and prepared for you twelve trees loaded with various fruits, 19and the same number of springs flowing with milk and honey, and seven mighty mountains on which roses and lilies grow; by these I will fill your children with joy.

20 ‘Guard the rights of the widow, secure justice for the ward, give to the needy, defend the orphan, clothe the naked, 21care for the injured and the weak, do not ridicule the lame, protect the maimed, and let the blind have a vision of my splendour. 22Protect the old and the young within your walls. 23When you find any who are dead, commit them to the grave and mark it, and I will give you the first place in my resurrection. 24Pause and be quiet, my people, because your rest will come.

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.