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Catherine of Genoa, Mystic and Nurse, 1510

The Collect:

Rite I:
Gracious God, reveal to thy church the depths of thy love; that, like thy servant Catherine of Genoa, we might give ourselves in loving service, knowing that we have been perfectly loved by thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Rite II:
Gracious God, reveal to your church the depths of your love; that, like your servant Catherine of Genoa, we might give ourselves in loving service, knowing that we have been perfectly loved by you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

First Lesson: Zephaniah 1:7–18

7 Be silent before the Lord God!
   For the day of the Lord is at hand;
the Lord has prepared a sacrifice,
   he has consecrated his guests. 
8 And on the day of the Lord’s sacrifice
I will punish the officials and the king’s sons
   and all who dress themselves in foreign attire. 
9 On that day I will punish
   all who leap over the threshold,
who fill their master’s house
   with violence and fraud. 

10 On that day, says the Lord,
   a cry will be heard from the Fish Gate,
a wail from the Second Quarter,
   a loud crash from the hills. 
11 The inhabitants of the Mortar wail,
   for all the traders have perished;
   all who weigh out silver are cut off. 
12 At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps,
   and I will punish the people
who rest complacently on their dregs,
   those who say in their hearts,
‘The Lord will not do good,
   nor will he do harm.’ 
13 Their wealth shall be plundered,
   and their houses laid waste.
Though they build houses,
   they shall not inhabit them;
though they plant vineyards,
   they shall not drink wine from them. 

14 The great day of the Lord is near,
   near and hastening fast;
the sound of the day of the Lord is bitter,
   the warrior cries aloud there. 
15 That day will be a day of wrath,
   a day of distress and anguish,
a day of ruin and devastation,
   a day of darkness and gloom,
a day of clouds and thick darkness, 
16   a day of trumpet blast and battle cry
against the fortified cities
   and against the lofty battlements. 

17 I will bring such distress upon people
   that they shall walk like the blind;
   because they have sinned against the Lord,
their blood shall be poured out like dust,
   and their flesh like dung. 
18 Neither their silver nor their gold
   will be able to save them
   on the day of the Lord’s wrath;
in the fire of his passion
   the whole earth shall be consumed;
for a full, a terrible end
   he will make of all the inhabitants of the earth. 

Psalm: Psalm 86:3–12

3 Be merciful to me, O Lord, for you are my God; *
       I call upon you all the day long.
4 Gladden the soul of your servant, *
       for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
5 For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, *
       and great is your love toward all who call upon you.
6 Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer, *
       and attend to the voice of my supplications.
7 In the time of my trouble I will call upon you, *
       for you will answer me.
8 Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord, *
       nor anything like your works.
9 All nations you have made will come and
                               worship you, O Lord, *
        and glorify your Name.
10 For you are great;
     you do wondrous things; *
       and you alone are God.
11 Teach me your way, O Lord,
     and I will walk in your truth; *
       knit my heart to you that I may fear your Name.
12 I will thank you, O Lord my God, with all my heart, *
       and glorify your Name for evermore.

Gospel: John 15:5–17

5 I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. 6 Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples. 9 As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 I 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. 13 No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 I 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. 16 You 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. 17 I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.

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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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