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Hilary of Poitiers, Bishop, 367

The Collect:

Rite I:
Keep us steadfast, Lord God, in that true faith that we professed at our baptism; that, like thy servant Hilary of Poitiers, we may rejoice in having thee for our Father, and may abide in thy Son, in the fellowship of the Holy Ghost; for thou livest and reignest for ever and ever as one God in Trinity of Persons. Amen.

Rite II:
Keep us steadfast, Lord God, in that true faith that we professed at our baptism; that, like your servant Hilary of Poitiers, we may rejoice in having you for our Father, and may abide in your Son, in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit; for you live and reign for ever and ever as one God in Trinity of Persons. Amen.

First Lesson: 1 John 2:18-25

18Children, it is the last hour! As you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. From this we know that it is the last hour. 19They went out from us, but they did not belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But by going out they made it plain that none of them belongs to us. 20But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and all of you have knowledge. 21I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and you know that no lie comes from the truth. 22Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. 23No one who denies the Son has the Father; everyone who confesses the Son has the Father also. 24Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25And this is what he has promised us, eternal life.

Psalm: Psalm 119:97–104

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: Luke 15:1–7

1Now all the tax-collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. 2And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, ‘This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.’

3So he told them this parable: 4‘Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? 5When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. 6And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbours, saying to them, “Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.” 7Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance.

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Lectionary Calendar

The Old Testament, New Testament and Gospels readings are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

The Collects, Psalms, and Canticles are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.

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