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Enmegahbowh, Priest and Missionary, 1902

The Collect:

Rite I:
Almighty God, who didst lead thy pilgrim people of old by fire and cloud: Grant that the ministers of thy church, following the example of thy servant Enmegahbowh, may lead thy people with fiery zeal and gentle humility; through Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Rite II:
Almighty God, who led your pilgrim people of old by fire and cloud: Grant that the ministers of your church, following the example of your servant Enmegahbowh, may lead your people with fiery zeal and gentle humility; through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Lesson: Isaiah 52:1–6

Awake, awake,
   put on your strength, O Zion!
Put on your beautiful garments,
   O Jerusalem, the holy city;
for the uncircumcised and the unclean
   shall enter you no more. 
2 Shake yourself from the dust, rise up,
   O captive Jerusalem;
loose the bonds from your neck,
   O captive daughter Zion! 

3For thus says the Lord: You were sold for nothing, and you shall be redeemed without money. 4For thus says the Lord God: Long ago, my people went down into Egypt to reside there as aliens; the Assyrian, too, has oppressed them without cause. 5Now therefore, what am I doing here, says the Lord, seeing that my people are taken away without cause? Their rulers howl, says the Lord, and continually, all day long, my name is despised. 6Therefore my people shall know my name; therefore on that day they shall know that it is I who speak; here am I. 

Psalm: Psalm 129

1 “Greatly have they oppressed me since my youth,” *
       let Israel now say;
2 “Greatly have they oppressed me since my youth, *
       but they have not prevailed against me.”
3 The plowmen plowed upon my back *
       and made their furrows long.
4 The Lord, the Righteous One, *
       has cut the cords of the wicked.
5 Let them be put to shame and thrown back, *
       all those who are enemies of Zion.
6 Let them be like grass upon the housetops, *
       which withers before it can be plucked;
7 Which does not fill the hand of the reaper, *
       nor the bosom of him who binds the sheaves;
8 So that those who go by say not so much as,
  “The Lord prosper you. *
       We wish you well in the Name of the Lord.”

Gospel: Luke 6:17-23

17 He came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon. 18They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. 19And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them.

20 Then he looked up at his disciples and said:
‘Blessed are you who are poor,
   for yours is the kingdom of God.
21 ‘Blessed are you who are hungry now,
   for you will be filled.
‘Blessed are you who weep now,
   for you will laugh.

22 ‘Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. 23Rejoice on that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.

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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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