Frederick Denison Maurice: Priest 1872

Frederick Denison Maurice
Monday, April 01, 2019Wednesday, April 01, 2020Friday, April 01, 2022
The Collect: 

Rite I:
Almighty God, who hast restored our human nature to heavenly glory through the perfect obedience of our Savior Jesus Christ: Keep alive in thy Church, we beseech thee, a passion for justice and truth; that we, like thy servant Frederick Denison Maurice, may work and pray for the triumph of the kingdom of thy Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Rite II:
Almighty God, you restored our human nature to heavenly glory through the perfect obedience of our Savior Jesus Christ: Keep alive in your Church, we pray, a passion for justice and truth; that, like your servant Frederick Denison Maurice, we may work and pray for the triumph of the kingdom of your Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Lesson: 
Ephesians 3:14-19

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. 16I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, 17and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. 18I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Psalm: 
Psalm 72:11-17 or 145:8–13

11 All kings shall bow down before him, *
       and all the nations do him service.
12 For he shall deliver the poor who cries out in distress, *
       and the oppressed who has no helper.
13 He shall have pity on the lowly and poor; *
       he shall preserve the lives of the needy.
14 He shall redeem their lives from oppression and violence, *
       and dear shall their blood be in his sight.
15 Long may he live!
   and may there be given to him gold from Arabia; *
       may prayer be made for him always,
       and may they bless him all the day long.
16 May there be abundance of grain on the earth,
   growing thick even on the hilltops; *
       may its fruit flourish like Lebanon,
       and its grain like grass upon the earth.
17 May his Name remain for ever
   and be established as long as the sun endures; *
       may all the nations bless themselves in him and
       call him blessed.

or

8 The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, *
       slow to anger and of great kindness.
9 The Lord is loving to everyone *
       and his compassion is over all his works.
10 All your works praise you, O Lord, *
       and your faithful servants bless you.
11 They make known the glory of your kingdom *
       and speak of your power;
12 That the peoples may know of your power *
       and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom; *
       your dominion endures throughout all ages.

Gospel: 
John 18:33-37

33 Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ 34Jesus answered, ‘Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?’ 35Pilate replied, ‘I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?’ 36Jesus answered, ‘My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.’ 37Pilate asked him, ‘So you are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.’

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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