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Francis of Assisi, Friar and Deacon, 1226

The Collect:

Rite I:
Most high, omnipotent, good Lord, grant thy people grace to renounce gladly the vanities of this world; that, following the way of blessed Francis, we may, for love of thee, delight in thy whole creation with perfectness of joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Rite II:
Most high, omnipotent, good Lord, grant your people grace to renounce gladly the vanities of this world; that, following the way of blessed Francis, we may, for love of you, delight in your whole creation with perfectness of joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

First Lesson: Job 39:1–18

1 ‘Do you know when the mountain goats give birth?
   Do you observe the calving of the deer? 
2 Can you number the months that they fulfil,
   and do you know the time when they give birth, 
3 when they crouch to give birth to their offspring,
   and are delivered of their young? 
4 Their young ones become strong, they grow up in the open;
   they go forth, and do not return to them. 

5 ‘Who has let the wild ass go free?
   Who has loosed the bonds of the swift ass, 
6 to which I have given the steppe for its home,
   the salt land for its dwelling-place? 
7 It scorns the tumult of the city;
   it does not hear the shouts of the driver. 
8 It ranges the mountains as its pasture,
   and it searches after every green thing. 

9 ‘Is the wild ox willing to serve you?
   Will it spend the night at your crib? 
10 Can you tie it in the furrow with ropes,
   or will it harrow the valleys after you? 
11 Will you depend on it because its strength is great,
   and will you hand over your labour to it? 
12 Do you have faith in it that it will return,
   and bring your grain to your threshing-floor? 

13 ‘The ostrich’s wings flap wildly,
   though its pinions lack plumage. 
14 For it leaves its eggs to the earth,
   and lets them be warmed on the ground, 
15 forgetting that a foot may crush them,
   and that a wild animal may trample them. 
16 It deals cruelly with its young, as if they were not its own;
   though its labour should be in vain, yet it has no fear; 
17 because God has made it forget wisdom,
   and given it no share in understanding. 
18 When it spreads its plumes aloft,
   it laughs at the horse and its rider.

Psalm: Psalm 121

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills; *
       from where is my help to come?
2 My help comes from the Lord, *
       the maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot be moved *
       and he who watches over you will not fall asleep.
4 Behold, he who keeps watch over Israel *
       shall neither slumber nor sleep;
5 The Lord himself watches over you; *
       the Lord is your shade at your right hand,
6 So that the sun shall not strike you by day, *
       nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; *
       it is he who shall keep you safe.
8 The Lord shall watch over your going out and
                           your coming in, *
       from this time forth for evermore.

Gospel: Matthew 11:25-30

25 At that time Jesus said, ‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; 26yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 27All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

28 ‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’

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Liturgical Calendar

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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