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Bernard of Clairvaux, Monastic and Theologian, 1153

The Collect:

Rite I:
O God, by whose grace thy servant Bernard of Clairvaux, kindled with the flame 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 walk before thee as children of light; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, 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 and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Lesson: Song of Songs 1:1–8

1The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s. 

2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!
For your love is better than wine, 
3   your anointing oils are fragrant,
your name is perfume poured out;
   therefore the maidens love you. 
4 Draw me after you, let us make haste.
   The king has brought me into his chambers.
We will exult and rejoice in you;
   we will extol your love more than wine;
   rightly do they love you. 

5 I am black and beautiful,
   O daughters of Jerusalem,
like the tents of Kedar,
   like the curtains of Solomon. 
6 Do not gaze at me because I am dark,
   because the sun has gazed on me.
My mother’s sons were angry with me;
   they made me keeper of the vineyards,
   but my own vineyard I have not kept! 
7 Tell me, you whom my soul loves,
   where you pasture your flock,
   where you make it lie down at noon;
for why should I be like one who is veiled
   beside the flocks of your companions? 

8 If you do not know,
   O fairest among women,
follow the tracks of the flock,
   and pasture your kids
   beside the shepherds’ tents.

Psalm: Psalm 139:1–9

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.

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.

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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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