Ralph Adams Cram, Richard Upjohn, and John Lafarge: Architects

Wednesday, December 16, 2015Friday, December 16, 2016Saturday, December 16, 2017
The Collect: 

Gracious God, we thank you for the vision of Ralph Adams Cram, John LaFarge and Richard Upjohn, whose harmonious revival of the Gothic enriched our churches with a sacramental understanding of reality in the face of secular materialism; and we pray that we may honor your gifts of the beauty of holiness given through them, for the glory of Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Old Testament: 
2 Chronicles 6:12-20

12 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands. 13Solomon had made a bronze platform five cubits long, five cubits wide, and three cubits high, and had set it in the court; and he stood on it. Then he knelt on his knees in the presence of the whole assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands towards heaven. 14He said, ‘O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you, in heaven or on earth, keeping covenant in steadfast love with your servants who walk before you with all their heart— 15you who have kept for your servant, my father David, what you promised to him. Indeed, you promised with your mouth and this day have fulfilled with your hand. 16Therefore, O Lord, God of Israel, keep for your servant, my father David, that which you promised him, saying, “There shall never fail you a successor before me to sit on the throne of Israel, if only your children keep to their way, to walk in my law as you have walked before me.” 17Therefore, O Lord, God of Israel, let your word be confirmed, which you promised to your servant David.

18 ‘But will God indeed reside with mortals on earth? Even heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you, how much less this house that I have built! 19Have regard to your servant’s prayer and his plea, O Lord my God, heeding the cry and the prayer that your servant prays to you. 20May your eyes be open day and night towards this house, the place where you promised to set your name, and may you heed the prayer that your servant prays towards this place.

Psalm: 
Psalm 118:19-29

19 Open for me the gates of righteousness; *
       I will enter them;
       I will offer thanks to the Lord.
20 “This is the gate of the Lord; *
      he who is righteous may enter.”
21 I will give thanks to you, for you answered me *
      and have become my salvation.
22 The same stone which the builders rejected *
      has become the chief cornerstone.
23 This is the Lord’s doing, *
      and it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 On this day the Lord has acted; *
      we will rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Hosannah, Lord, hosannah! *
      Lord, send us now success.
26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; *
      we bless you from the house of the Lord.
27 God is the Lord; he has shined upon us; *
      form a procession with branches up to the horns of the altar.
28 “You are my God, and I will thank you; *
      you are my God, and I will exalt you.”
29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; *
      his mercy endures for ever.

Epistle: 
Ephesians 2:17-22

17So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; 18for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, 20built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. 21In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; 22in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling-place for God.

Gospel: 
Matthew 7:24-29

24 ‘Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. 25The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. 26And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall!’

28 Now when Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were astounded at his teaching, 29for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.