Bernard: Abbot of Clairvaux, 1153

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The Collect: 

Rite I:
O God, by whose grace thy servant Bernard of Clairvaux, enkindled with the fire of thy love, became a burning and a shining light in thy Church: Grant that we also may be aflame with the spirit of love and discipline, and may ever walk before thee as children of light; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, liveth and reigneth, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Rite II:
O God, by whose grace your servant Bernard of Clairvaux, kindled with the flame of your love, became a burning and a shining light in your Church: Grant that we also may be aflame with the spirit of love and discipline, and walk before you as children of light; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Lesson: 
Ecclesiasticus 39:1-10

1 He seeks out the wisdom of all the ancients,
   and is concerned with prophecies;
2 he preserves the sayings of the famous
   and penetrates the subtleties of parables;
3 he seeks out the hidden meanings of proverbs
   and is at home with the obscurities of parables.
4 He serves among the great
   and appears before rulers;
he travels in foreign lands
   and learns what is good and evil in the human lot.
5 He sets his heart on rising early
   to seek the Lord who made him,
   and to petition the Most High;
he opens his mouth in prayer
   and asks pardon for his sins.

6 If the great Lord is willing,
   he will be filled with the spirit of understanding;
he will pour forth words of wisdom of his own
   and give thanks to the Lord in prayer.
7 The Lord will direct his counsel and knowledge,
   as he meditates on his mysteries.
8 He will show the wisdom of what he has learned,
   and will glory in the law of the Lord’s covenant.
9 Many will praise his understanding;
   it will never be blotted out.
His memory will not disappear,
   and his name will live through all generations.
10 Nations will speak of his wisdom,
   and the congregation will proclaim his praise.

Psalm: 
Psalm 139:1–9 or 19:7-11(12-14)

1 Lord, you have searched me out and known me; *
       you know my sitting down and my rising up;
       you discern my thoughts from afar.
2 You trace my journeys and my resting-places *
       and are acquainted with all my ways.
3 Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, *
       but you, O Lord, know it altogether.
4 You press upon me behind and before *
       and lay your hand upon me.
5 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; *
       it is so high that I cannot attain to it.
6 Where can I go then from your Spirit? *
       where can I flee from your presence?
7 If I climb up to heaven, you are there; *
       if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.
8 If I take the wings of the morning *
       and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
9 Even there your hand will lead me *
       and your right hand hold me fast.

or

7 The law of the Lord is perfect
                          and revives the soul; *
       the testimony of the Lord is sure
                          and gives wisdom to the innocent.
8 The statutes of the Lord are just
                          and rejoice the heart; *
       the commandment of the Lord is clear
                          and gives light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is clean
                          and endures for ever; *
       the judgments of the Lord are true
                          and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
                          more than much fine gold, *
       sweeter far than honey,
                          than honey in the comb.
11 By them also is your servant enlightened, *
       and in keeping them there is great reward.
12 [Who can tell how often he offends? *
       cleanse me from my secret faults.
13 Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins;
   let them not get dominion over me; *
       then shall I be whole and sound,
       and innocent of a great offense.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my
                         heart be acceptable in your sight, *
       O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.]

Gospel: 
John 15:7-11

7If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples. 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.

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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