Aelred: Abbot of Rievaulx, 1167

Thursday, January 12, 2017Friday, January 12, 2018Saturday, January 12, 2019
The Collect: 

Rite I:
Pour thou into our hearts, we beseech thee, O God, the Holy Spirit’s gift of love, that we, clasping each the other’s hand, may share the joy of friendship, human and divine, and with thy servant Aelred draw many into thy community of love; through Jesus Christ the Righteous, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Rite II:
Pour into our hearts, O God, the Holy Spirit’s gift of love, that we, clasping each the other’s hand, may share the joy of friendship, human and divine, and with your servant Aelred draw many to your community of love; through Jesus Christ the Righteous, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

First Lesson: 
Philippians 2:1-4

1If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, 2make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. 4Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.

Psalm: 
Psalm 36:5-10 or 145:8–13

5 Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, *
       and your faithfulness to the clouds.
6 Your righteousness is like the strong mountains,
  your justice like the great deep; *
       you save both man and beast, O LORD.
7 How priceless is your love, O God! *
       your people take refuge under the shadow of your wings.
8 They feast upon the abundance of your house; *
       you give them drink from the river of your delights.
9 For with you is the well of life, *
       and in your light we see light.
10 Continue your loving-kindness to those who know you, *
       and your favor to those who are true of heart.

or

8 The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, *
       slow to anger and of great kindness.
9 The Lord is loving to everyone *
       and his compassion is over all his works.
10 All your works praise you, O Lord, *
       and your faithful servants bless you.
11 They make known the glory of your kingdom *
       and speak of your power;
12 That the peoples may know of your power *
       and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom; *
       your dominion endures throughout all ages.

Gospel: 
John 15:9–17 or Mark 12:28-34a

9As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.

12 ‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. 16You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. 17I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.

or

28One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, ‘Which commandment is the first of all?’ 29Jesus answered, ‘The first is, “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; 30you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” 31The second is this, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.’ 32Then the scribe said to him, ‘You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that “he is one, and besides him there is no other”; 33and “to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength”, and “to love one’s neighbour as oneself”,—this is much more important than all whole burnt-offerings and sacrifices.’ 34When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, ‘You are not far from the kingdom of God.’

The Old Testament, New Testament and Gospels readings are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright 1989, 1995, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

The Collects, Psalms and Canticles are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.

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