Mary Brant (Koñwatsiãtsiaiéñni), Witness to the Faith among the Mohawks, 1796

Thursday, April 16, 2015Saturday, April 16, 2016Monday, April 16, 2018
The Collect: 

Maker and lover of all creation, you endued Molly Brant with the gifts of justice and loyalty, and made her a wise and prudent clan mother in the household of the Mohawk nation: Draw us also toward the goal of our faith, that we may at last attain the full dignity of our nature in our true native land, where with Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit you live and reign, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Sirach 15:1-7, 15-19
1Whoever fears the Lord will do this,
   and whoever holds to the law will obtain wisdom.* 
2 She will come to meet him like a mother,
   and like a young bride she will welcome him. 
3 She will feed him with the bread of learning,
   and give him the water of wisdom to drink. 
4 He will lean on her and not fall,
   and he will rely on her and not be put to shame. 
5 She will exalt him above his neighbours,
   and will open his mouth in the midst of the assembly. 
6 He will find gladness and a crown of rejoicing,
   and will inherit an everlasting name. 
7 The foolish will not obtain her,
   and sinners will not see her. 
15 If you choose, you can keep the commandments,
   and to act faithfully is a matter of your own choice. 
16 He has placed before you fire and water;
   stretch out your hand for whichever you choose. 
17 Before each person are life and death,
   and whichever one chooses will be given. 
18 For great is the wisdom of the Lord;
   he is mighty in power and sees everything; 
19 his eyes are on those who fear him,
   and he knows every human action.
Psalm 111:2-10

2 Great are the works of the Lord,
   studied by all who delight in them. 
3 Full of honour and majesty is his work,
   and his righteousness endures for ever. 
4 He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds;
   the Lord is gracious and merciful. 
5 He provides food for those who fear him;
   he is ever mindful of his covenant. 
6 He has shown his people the power of his works,
   in giving them the heritage of the nations. 
7 The works of his hands are faithful and just;
   all his precepts are trustworthy. 
8 They are established for ever and ever,
   to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness. 
9 He sent redemption to his people;
   he has commanded his covenant for ever.
   Holy and awesome is his name. 
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
   all those who practise it* have a good understanding.
   His praise endures for ever.

Colossians 3:12-17

12 As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. 13Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord* has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.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.

Matthew 19:28-30

28Jesus said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man is seated on the throne of his glory, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold,* and will inherit eternal life. 30But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.