Bede the Venerable: Priest, and Monk of Jarrow, 735

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The Collect: 

Rite I:
Heavenly Father, who didst call thy servant Bede, while still a child, to devote his life to thy service in the disciplines of religion and scholarship; Grant that as he labored in the Spirit to bring the riches of thy truth to his generation, so we, in our various vocations, may strive to make thee known in all the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Rite II:
Heavenly Father, you called your servant Bede, while still a child, to devote his life to your service in the disciplines of religion and scholarship: Grant that as he labored in the Spirit to bring the riches of your truth to his generation, so we, in our various vocations, may strive to make you known in all the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

First Lesson: 
Wisdom 7:15-22

15 May God grant me to speak with judgement,
and to have thoughts worthy of what I have received;
for he is the guide even of wisdom
and the corrector of the wise.
16 For both we and our words are in his hand,
as are all understanding and skill in crafts.
17 For it is he who gave me unerring knowledge of what exists,
to know the structure of the world and the activity of the elements;
18 the beginning and end and middle of times,
the alternations of the solstices and the changes of the seasons,
19 the cycles of the year and the constellations of the stars,
20 the natures of animals and the tempers of wild animals,
the powers of spirits* and the thoughts of human beings,
the varieties of plants and the virtues of roots;
21 I learned both what is secret and what is manifest,
22 for wisdom, the fashioner of all things, taught me.

There is in her a spirit that is intelligent, holy,
unique, manifold, subtle,
mobile, clear, unpolluted,
distinct, invulnerable, loving the good, keen,
irresistible,

Psalm: 
Psalm 78:1-4 or 19:7–11(12–14)

1 Hear my teaching, O my people; *
       incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth in a parable; *
       I will declare the mysteries of ancient times.
3 That which we have heard and known,
  and what our forefathers have told us, *
       we will not hide from their children.
4 We will recount to generations to come
  the praiseworthy deeds and the power of the Lord, *
       and the wonderful works he has done.

or

7 I will thank you with an unfeigned heart, *
       when I have learned your righteous judgments.
8 I will keep your statutes; *
       do not utterly forsake me.
9 How shall a young man cleanse his way? *
       By keeping to your words.
10 With my whole heart I seek you; *
       let me not stray from your commandments.
11 I treasure your promise in my heart, *
       that I may not sin against you.
[12 Blessed are you, O Lord; *
       instruct me in your statutes.
13 With my lips will I recite *
       all the judgments of your mouth.
14 I have taken greater delight in the way of your decrees *
       than in all manner of riches.]

Gospel: 
Matthew 13:47-52

47 ‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; 48when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. 49So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

51 ‘Have you understood all this?’ They answered, ‘Yes.’ 52And he said to them, ‘Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.’

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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