James De Koven: Priest, 1879

Wednesday, March 22, 2017Thursday, March 22, 2018Friday, March 22, 2019
The Collect: 

Rite I:
Almighty and everlasting God, the source and perfection of all virtues, who didst inspire thy servant James De Koven to do what is right and to preach what is true: Grant that all ministers and stewards of thy mysteries may afford to thy faithful people, by word and example, the knowledge of thy grace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Rite II:
Almighty and everlasting God, the source and perfection of all virtues, you inspired your servant James De Koven to do what is right and to preach what is true: Grant that all ministers and stewards of your mysteries may impart to your faithful people, by word and example, the knowledge of your grace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

First Lesson: 
2 Timothy 2:10-15, 19

10Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, so that they may also obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. 11The saying is sure:
If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
12 if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he will also deny us;
13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful—
for he cannot deny himself.

14 Remind them of this, and warn them before God that they are to avoid wrangling over words, which does no good but only ruins those who are listening. 15Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth. 19But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this inscription: ‘The Lord knows those who are his’, and, ‘Let everyone who calls on the name of the Lord turn away from wickedness.’

Psalm: 
Psalm 103:1–4,13–18 or 84:7–12

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul, *
       and all that is within me, bless his holy Name.
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, *
       and forget not all his benefits.
3 He forgives all your sins *
       and heals all your infirmities;
4 He redeems your life from the grave *
       and crowns you with mercy and loving-kindness;
13 As a father cares for his children, *
       so does the Lord care for those who fear him.
14 For he himself knows whereof we are made; *
       he remembers that we are but dust.
15 Our days are like the grass; *
       we flourish like a flower of the field;
16 When the wind goes over it, it is gone, *
       and its place shall know it no more.
17 But the merciful goodness of the Lord endures for ever
                               on those who fear him, *
       and his righteousness on children’s children;
18 On those who keep his covenant *
       and remember his commandments and do them.

or

7 Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; *
       hearken, O God of Jacob.
8 Behold our defender, O God; *
       and look upon the face of your Anointed.
9 For one day in your courts is better than
                              a thousand in my own room, *
       and to stand at the threshold of the house of my God
       than to dwell in the tents of the wicked.
10 For the Lord God is both sun and shield; *
       he will give grace and glory;
11 No good thing will the Lord withhold *
       from those who walk with integrity.
12 O Lord of hosts, *
       happy are they who put their trust in you!

Gospel: 
Matthew 13:47-52

47 ‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; 48when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. 49So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

51 ‘Have you understood all this?’ They answered, ‘Yes.’ 52And he said to them, ‘Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.’

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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