John Henry Newman: Priest and Theologian, 1890

Tuesday, February 21, 2017Wednesday, February 21, 2018Thursday, February 21, 2019
The Collect: 

Rite I:
God of all wisdom, we offer thanks for John Henry Newman, whose eloquence bore witness that thy Church is one, holy, catholic and apostolic, and who did make of his own life a pilgrimage towards thy truth. Grant that, inspired by his words and example, we may ever follow thy kindly light till we rest in thy bosom, with your dear Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, where heart speaks to heart eternally; for thou liveth and reigneth, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Rite II:
God of all wisdom, we thank you for John Henry Newman, whose eloquence bore witness that your Church is one, holy, catholic and apostolic, and who made his own life a pilgrimage towards your truth. Grant that, inspired by his words and example, we may ever follow your kindly light till we rest in your bosom, with your dear Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, where heart speaks to heart eternally; for you live and reign, one God, now and for 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 48

1 Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised; *
       in the city of our God is his holy hill.
2 Beautiful and lofty, the joy of all the earth, is the hill of Zion, *
       the very center of the world and the city of the great King.
3 God is in her citadels; *
       he is known to be her sure refuge.
4 Behold, the kings of the earth assembled *
       and marched forward together.
5 They looked and were astounded; *
       they retreated and fled in terror.
6 Trembling seized them there; *
       they writhed like a woman in childbirth,
       like ships of the sea when the east wind shatters them.
7 As we have heard, so have we seen,
  in the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God; *
       God has established her for ever.
8 We have waited in silence on your loving-kindness, O God, *
       in the midst of your temple.
9 Your praise, like your Name, O God, reaches to the world's end; *
       your right hand is full of justice.
10 Let Mount Zion be glad
   and the cities of Judah rejoice, *
       because of your judgments.
11 Make the circuit of Zion;
   walk round about her; *
       count the number of her towers.
12 Consider well her bulwarks;
   examine her strongholds; *
       that you may tell those who come after.
13 This God is our God for ever and ever; *
       he shall be our guide for evermore.

Epistle: 
1 John 4:13-21

13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Saviour of the world. 15God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. 16So we have known and believe the love that God has for us.

God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. 17Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgement, because as he is, so are we in this world. 18There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. 19We love because he first loved us. 20Those who say, ‘I love God’, and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. 21The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.

Gospel: 
John 8:12-19

12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.’ 13Then the Pharisees said to him, ‘You are testifying on your own behalf; your testimony is not valid.’ 14Jesus answered, ‘Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid because I know where I have come from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. 15You judge by human standards; I judge no one. 16Yet even if I do judge, my judgement is valid; for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me. 17In your law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is valid. 18I testify on my own behalf, and the Father who sent me testifies on my behalf.’ 19Then they said to him, ‘Where is your Father?’ Jesus answered, ‘You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.’