John of the Cross: Mystic

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The Collect: 

Judge eternal, throned in splendor, you gave Juan de la Cruz strength of purpose and mystical faith that sustained him even through the dark night of the soul: Shed your light on all who love you, in unity with Jesus Christ our Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Old Testament: 
Song of Solomon 3:1-4

1 Upon my bed at night
   I sought him whom my soul loves;
I sought him, but found him not;
   I called him, but he gave no answer.
2 ‘I will rise now and go about the city,
   in the streets and in the squares;
I will seek him whom my soul loves.’
   I sought him, but found him not.
3 The sentinels found me,
   as they went about in the city.
‘Have you seen him whom my soul loves?’
4 Scarcely had I passed them,
   when I found him whom my soul loves.
I held him, and would not let him go
   until I brought him into my mother’s house,
   and into the chamber of her that conceived me.

Psalm: 
Psalm 121

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills; *
      from where is my help to come?
2 My help comes from the Lord, *
     the maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot be moved *
     and he who watches over you will not fall asleep.
4 Behold, he who keeps watch over Israel *
     shall neither slumber nor sleep;
5 The Lord himself watches over you; *
     the Lord is your shade at your right hand,
6 So that the sun shall not strike you by day, *
     nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; *
     it is he who shall keep you safe.
8 The Lord shall watch over your going out and
                          your coming in, *
     from this time forth for evermore.

Epistle: 
Colossians 4:2-6

Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving. 3At the same time pray for us as well that God will open to us a door for the word, that we may declare the mystery of Christ, for which I am in prison, 4so that I may reveal it clearly, as I should.

Conduct yourselves wisely towards outsiders, making the most of the time. 6Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone.

Gospel: 
John 16:12-15, 25-28

12 ‘I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

25 ‘I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures, but will tell you plainly of the Father. 26On that day you will ask in my name. I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; 27for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.* 28I came from the Father and have come into the world; again, I am leaving the world and am going to the Father.’