John Chrysostom: Bishop of Constantinople, 407

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The Collect: 

Rite I:
O God, who didst give to thy servant John Chrysostom grace eloquently to proclaim thy righteousness in the great congregation, and fearlessly to bear reproach for the honor of thy Name: Mercifully grant to all bishops and pastors such excellency in preaching, and fidelity in ministering thy Word, that thy people may be partakers with them of the glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Rite II:
O God, you gave your servant John Chrysostom grace eloquently to proclaim your righteousness in the great congregation, and fearlessly to bear reproach for the honor of your Name: Mercifully grant to all bishops and pastors such excellence in preaching, and faithfulness in ministering your Word, that your people may be partakers with them of the glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Old Testament: 
Jeremiah 1:4–10

Now the word of the Lord came to me saying,
5 ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.’
6Then I said, ‘Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.’ 7But the Lord said to me,
‘Do not say, “I am only a boy”;
for you shall go to all to whom I send you,
and you shall speak whatever I command you.
8 Do not be afraid of them,
for I am with you to deliver you,
says the Lord.’
9Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the Lord said to me,
‘Now I have put my words in your mouth.
10 See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms,
to pluck up and to pull down,
to destroy and to overthrow,
to build and to plant.’

Psalm: 
Psalm 49:1-8 or 34:15–22

1 Hear this, all you peoples;
  hearken, all you who dwell in the world, *
       you of high degree and low, rich and poor together.
2 My mouth shall speak of wisdom, *
       and my heart shall meditate on understanding.
3 I will incline my ear to a proverb *
       and set forth my riddle upon the harp.
4 Why should I be afraid in evil days, *
       when the wickedness of those at my heels surrounds me,
5 The wickedness of those who put their trust in their goods, *
       and boast of their great riches?
6 We can never ransom ourselves, *
       or deliver to God the price of our life;
7 For the ransom of our life is so great, *
       that we should never have enough to pay it,
8 In order to live for ever and ever, *
       and never see the grave.

or

15 He fashions all the hearts of them *
       and understands all their works.
16 There is no king that can be saved by a mighty army;
       a strong man is not delivered by his great strength.
17 The horse is a vain hope for deliverance; *
       for all its strength it cannot save.
18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon those who fear him, *
       on those who wait upon his love,
19 To pluck their lives from death, *
       and to feed them in time of famine.
20 Our soul waits for the Lord; *
       he is our help and our shield.
21 Indeed, our heart rejoices in him, *
       for in his holy Name we put our trust.
22 Let your loving-kindness, O Lord, be upon us, *
       as we have put our trust in you.

Gospel: 
Luke 21:12-15

12 ‘But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. 13This will give you an opportunity to testify. 14So make up your minds not to prepare your defence in advance; 15for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict.

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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