Hildegard: Abbess of Bingen and Mystic, 1179

Thursday, September 17, 2015Saturday, September 17, 2016Monday, September 17, 2018
The Collect: 

God of all times and seasons: Give us grace that we, after the example of your servant Hildegard, may both know and make known the joy and jubilation of being part of your creation, and show forth your glory not only with our lips but in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

First Lesson: 
Sirach 43:1-2,6-7,9-12,27-28

1 The pride of the higher realms is the clear vault of the sky,
   as glorious to behold as the sight of the heavens.
2 The sun, when it appears, proclaims as it rises
   what a marvellous instrument it is, the work of the Most High.

6 It is the moon that marks the changing seasons,*
   governing the times, their everlasting sign.
7 From the moon comes the sign for festal days,
   a light that wanes when it completes its course.

9 The glory of the stars is the beauty of heaven,
   a glittering array in the heights of the Lord.
10 On the orders of the Holy One they stand in their appointed places;
   they never relax in their watches.
11 Look at the rainbow, and praise him who made it;
   it is exceedingly beautiful in its brightness.
12 It encircles the sky with its glorious arc;
   the hands of the Most High have stretched it out.

27 We could say more but could never say enough;
   let the final word be: ‘He is the all.’
28 Where can we find the strength to praise him?
   For he is greater than all his works.

Psalm: 
Psalm 104:25-34

25 Yonder is the sea, great and wide,
   creeping things innumerable are there,
   living things both small and great.
26 There go the ships,
   and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it.

27 These all look to you
   to give them their food in due season;
28 when you give to them, they gather it up;
   when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
29 When you hide your face, they are dismayed;
   when you take away their breath, they die
   and return to their dust.
30 When you send forth your spirit,* they are created;
   and you renew the face of the ground.

31 May the glory of the Lord endure for ever;
   may the Lord rejoice in his works—
32 who looks on the earth and it trembles,
   who touches the mountains and they smoke.
33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
   I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
34 May my meditation be pleasing to him,
   for I rejoice in the Lord.

Epistle: 
Colossians 3:14-17

14Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. 17And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Gospel: 
John 3:16-21

16 ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

17 ‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19And this is the judgement, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. 20For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. 21But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.’