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Bede, Priest and Historian, 735

Bede, Priest and Historian

The Collect:

Rite I:
Almighty God, who hast enriched thy Church with the learning and holiness of thy servant Bede: Grant us to find in Scripture and disciplined prayer the image of thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and to fashion our lives according to his likeness, to the glory of thy great Name and the benefit of thy holy church; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Rite II:
Almighty God, who has enriched your Church with the learning and holiness of your servant Bede: Grant us to find in Scripture and disciplined prayer the image of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and to fashion our lives according to his likeness, to the glory of your great Name and the benefit of your holy church; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

First Lesson: Ecclesiastes 12:9–14

9Besides being wise, the Teacher also taught the people knowledge, weighing and studying and arranging many proverbs. 10The Teachersought to find pleasing words, and he wrote words of truth plainly.

11The sayings of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed are the collected sayings that are given by one shepherd. 12Of anything beyond these, my child, beware. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

13The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God, and keep his commandments; for that is the whole duty of everyone. 14For God will bring every deed into judgement, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.

Psalm: Psalm 19:7–14

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 13:31–33

31He put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; 32it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.’

33He told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.’

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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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