George Herbert: Priest, 1633

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The Collect: 

Rite I:
Our God and King, who didst call thy servant George Herbert from the pursuit of worldly honors to be a pastor of souls, a poet, and a priest in thy temple: Give unto us the grace, we beseech thee, joyfully to perform the tasks thou givest us to do, knowing that nothing is menial or common that is done for thy sake; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Rite II:
Our God and King, you called your servant George Herbert from the pursuit of worldly honors to be a pastor of souls, a poet, and a priest in your temple: Give us grace, we pray, joyfully to perform the tasks you give us to do, knowing that nothing is menial or common that is done for your sake; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

First Lesson: 
1 Peter 5:1–4

1Now as an elder myself and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as one who shares in the glory to be revealed, I exhort the elders among you 2to tend the flock of God that is in your charge, exercising the oversight, not under compulsion but willingly, as God would have you do it—not for sordid gain but eagerly. 3Do not lord it over those in your charge, but be examples to the flock. 4And when the chief shepherd appears, you will win the crown of glory that never fades away.

Psalm: 
Psalm 23 or 1

1 The Lord is my shepherd; *
       I shall not be in want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures *
       and leads me beside still waters.
3 He revives my soul *
       and guides me along right pathways for his Name's sake.
4 Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil; *
       for you are with me;
       your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; *
       you have anointed my head with oil,
       and my cup is running over.
6 Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, *
       and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

or

1 Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel of
                           the wicked, *
       nor lingered in the way of sinners,
       nor sat in the seats of the scornful!
2 Their delight is in the law of the Lord, *
       and they meditate on his law day and night.
3 They are like trees planted by streams of water,
  bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither; *
       everything they do shall prosper.
4 It is not so with the wicked; *
       they are like chaff which the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked shall not stand upright when
                          judgment comes, *
       nor the sinner in the council of the righteous.
6 For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, *
       but the way of the wicked is doomed.

Gospel: 
Matthew 5:1-10

1 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

10 ‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

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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