Consecration of Samuel Seabury: First American Bishop, 1784

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The Collect: 

Rite I:
We give thee thanks, O Lord our God, for thy goodness in bestowing upon this Church the gift of the episcopate, which we celebrate in this remembrance of the consecration of Samuel Seabury; and we pray that, joined together in unity with our bishops, and nourished by thy holy Sacraments, we may proclaim the Gospel of redemption with apostolic zeal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Rite II:
We give you thanks, O Lord our God, for your goodness in bestowing upon this Church the gift of the episcopate, which we celebrate in this remembrance of the consecration of Samuel Seabury; and we pray that, joined together in unity with our bishops, and nourished by your holy Sacraments, we may proclaim the Gospel of redemption with apostolic zeal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Lesson: 
Acts 20:28-32

28Keep watch over yourselves and over all the flock, of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God that he obtained with the blood of his own Son. 29I know that after I have gone, savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. 30Some even from your own group will come distorting the truth in order to entice the disciples to follow them. 31Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to warn everyone with tears. 32And now I commend you to God and to the message of his grace, a message that is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all who are sanctified.

Psalm: 
Psalm 133 or 33:1–5,20–21

1 Oh, how good and pleasant it is, *
       when brethren live together in unity!
2 It is like fine oil upon the head *
       that runs down upon the beard,
3 Upon the beard of Aaron, *
       and runs down upon the collar of his robe.
4 It is like the dew of Hermon *
       that falls upon the hills of Zion.
5 For there the Lord has ordained the blessing: *
       life for evermore.

or

1 Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous; *
       it is good for the just to sing praises.
2 Praise the Lord with the harp; *
       play to him upon the psaltery and lyre.
3 Sing for him a new song; *
       sound a fanfare with all your skill upon the trumpet.
4 For the word of the Lord is right, *
       and all his works are sure.
5 He loves righteousness and justice; *
       the loving-kindness of the Lord fills the whole earth.
20 Our soul waits for the Lord; *
       he is our help and our shield.
21 Indeed, our heart rejoices in him, *
       for in his holy Name we put our trust.

Gospel: 
Matthew 9:35-38

35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. 36When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; 38therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.’

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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