Gregory the Great: Bishop of Rome, 604

Thursday, March 12, 2015Saturday, March 12, 2016Monday, March 12, 2018
The Collect: 

Almighty and merciful God, you raised up Gregory of Rome to be a servant of the servants of God, and inspired him to send missionaries to preach the Gospel to the English people: Preserve in your Church the catholic and apostolic faith they taught, that your people, being fruitful in every good work, may receive the crown of glory that never fades away; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Old Testament: 
1 Chronicles 25:1a,6-8

David and the officers of the army also set apart for the service the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who were to prophesy with lyres, harps, and cymbals. The list of those who did the work and of their duties was: 6They were all under the direction of their father for the music in the house of the Lord with cymbals, harps, and lyres for the service of the house of God. Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman were under the order of the king. 7They and their kindred, who were trained in singing to the Lord, all of whom were skilful, numbered two hundred and eighty-eight. 8And they cast lots for their duties, small and great, teacher and pupil alike.

Psalm: 
Psalm 57:6-11

6 They set a net for my steps;
   my soul was bowed down.
They dug a pit in my path,
   but they have fallen into it themselves.
          Selah 
7 My heart is steadfast, O God,
   my heart is steadfast.
I will sing and make melody. 
8   Awake, my soul!
Awake, O harp and lyre!
   I will awake the dawn. 
9 I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;
   I will sing praises to you among the nations. 
10 For your steadfast love is as high as the heavens;
   your faithfulness extends to the clouds. 

11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens.
   Let your glory be over all the earth.

Epistle: 
Colossians 1:28–2:3

28It is he whom we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29For this I toil and struggle with all the energy that he powerfully inspires within me.

2 For I want you to know how much I am struggling for you, and for those in Laodicea, and for all who have not seen me face to face. 2I want their hearts to be encouraged and united in love, so that they may have all the riches of assured understanding and have the knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ himself,* 3in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Gospel: 
Mark 10:42-45

42So Jesus called them and said to them, ‘You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. 43But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, 44and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. 45For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.’