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Ephrem of Nisibis, Deacon and Poet, 373

The Collect:

Rite I:
Pour out upon us, O Lord, that same Spirit by which thy deacon Ephrem declared the mysteries of faith in sacred song; that, with gladdened hearts, we too might proclaim the riches of thy glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Rite II:
Pour out upon us, O Lord, that same Spirit by which your deacon Ephrem declared the mysteries of faith in sacred song; that, with gladdened hearts, we too might proclaim the riches of your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Lesson: Job 38:1–11

Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind: 
2 ‘Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? 
3 Gird up your loins like a man,
   I will question you, and you shall declare to me. 

4 ‘Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
   Tell me, if you have understanding. 
5 Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
   Or who stretched the line upon it? 
6 On what were its bases sunk,
   or who laid its cornerstone 
7 when the morning stars sang together
   and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy? 

8 ‘Or who shut in the sea with doors
   when it burst out from the womb?— 
9 when I made the clouds its garment,
   and thick darkness its swaddling band, 
10 and prescribed bounds for it,
   and set bars and doors, 
11 and said, “Thus far shall you come, and no farther,
   and here shall your proud waves be stopped”?

Psalm: Psalm 68:11–18

11 The Lord gave the word; *
       great was the company of women who bore the tidings:
12 “Kings with their armies are fleeing away; *
       the women at home are dividing the spoils.”
13 Though you lingered among the sheepfolds, *
       you shall be like a dove whose wings are covered with silver,
       whose feathers are like green gold.
14 When the Almighty scattered kings, *
       it was like snow falling in Zalmon.
15 O mighty mountain, O hill of Bashan! *
       O rugged mountain, O hill of Bashan!
16 Why do you look with envy, O rugged mountain,
    at the hill which God chose for his resting place? *
       truly, the Lord will dwell there for ever.
17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand,
    even thousands of thousands; *
       the Lord comes in holiness from Sinai.
18 You have gone up on high and led captivity captive;
    you have received gifts even from your enemies, *
       that the Lord God might dwell among them.

Gospel: Mark 9:38–41

38John said to him, ‘Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.’ 39But Jesus said, ‘Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterwards to speak evil of me. 40Whoever is not against us is for us. 41For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.

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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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