Gregory: Bishop of Nyssa, c.394

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The Collect: 

Rite I:
Almighty God, who hast revealed to thy Church thine eternal Being of glorious majesty and perfect love as one God in Trinity of Persons: Give us grace that, like thy bishop Gregory of Nyssa, we may continue steadfast in the confession of this faith, and constant in our worship of thee, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; who livest and reignest now and for ever. Amen.

Rite II:
Almighty God, you have revealed to your Church your eternal Being of glorious majesty and perfect love as one God in Trinity of Persons: Give us grace that, like your bishop Gregory of Nyssa, we may continue steadfast in the confession of this faith, and constant in our worship of you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; for you live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.

First Lesson: 
Wisdom 7:24-28

24 For wisdom is more mobile than any motion;
because of her pureness she pervades and penetrates all things. 
25 For she is a breath of the power of God,
and a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty;
therefore nothing defiled gains entrance into her. 
26 For she is a reflection of eternal light,
a spotless mirror of the working of God,
and an image of his goodness. 
27 Although she is but one, she can do all things,
and while remaining in herself, she renews all things;
in every generation she passes into holy souls
and makes them friends of God, and prophets; 
28 for God loves nothing so much as the person who lives with wisdom.

Psalm: 
Psalm 19:7-11(12-14) or 119:97–104

7 The law of the LORD is perfect
                           and revives the soul; *
       the testimony of the LORD is sure
                          and gives wisdom to the innocent.
8 The statutes of the LORD are just
                          and rejoice the heart; *
       the commandment of the LORD is clear
                          and gives light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the LORD is clean
                          and endures for ever; *
       the judgments of the LORD are true
                          and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
                          more than much fine gold, *
       sweeter far than honey,
                          than honey in the comb.
11 By them also is your servant enlightened, *
       and in keeping them there is great reward.
12 [Who can tell how often he offends? *
       cleanse me from my secret faults.
13 Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins;
   let them not get dominion over me; *
       then shall I be whole and sound,
       and innocent of a great offense.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my
                          heart be acceptable in your sight, *
       O LORD, my strength and my redeemer.]

or

97 Oh, how I love your law! *
       all the day long it is in my mind.
98 Your commandment has made me wiser than my enemies, *
       and it is always with me.
99 I have more understanding than all my teachers, *
       for your decrees are my study.
100 I am wiser than the elders, *
       because I observe your commandments.
101 I restrain my feet from every evil way, *
       that I may keep your word.
102 I do not shrink from your judgments, *
       because you yourself have taught me.
103 How sweet are your words to my taste! *
       they are sweeter than honey to my mouth.
104 Through your commandments I gain understanding; *
       therefore I hate every lying way.

Gospel: 
John 5:19–24 or John 14:23-26

19 Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise. 20The Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing; and he will show him greater works than these, so that you will be astonished. 21Indeed, just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whomsoever he wishes. 22The Father judges no one but has given all judgement to the Son, 23so that all may honour the Son just as they honour the Father. Anyone who does not honour the Son does not honour the Father who sent him. 24Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and does not come under judgement, but has passed from death to life.

or

23Jesus answered him, ‘Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.

25 ‘I have said these things to you while I am still with you. 26But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.

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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