John Coleridge Patteson: Bishop of Melanesia, and his Companions, Martyrs, 1871

Wednesday, September 20, 2017Thursday, September 20, 2018Friday, September 20, 2019
The Collect: 

Rite I:
Almighty God, who didst call thy faithful servants John Coleridge Patteson and his companions to be witnesses and martyrs in the islands of Melanesia, and by their labors and sufferings didst raise up a people for thine own possession: Pour forth thy Holy Spirit upon thy Church in every land, that by the service and sacrifice of many, thy holy Name may be glorified and thy kingdom enlarged; 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 God, you called your faithful servant John Coleridge Patteson and his companions to be witnesses and martyrs in the islands of Melanesia, and by their labors and sufferings raised up a people for your own possession: Pour out your Holy Spirit upon your Church in every land, that by the service and sacrifice of many, your holy Name may be glorified and your kingdom enlarged; 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 4:12-19

12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13But rejoice in so far as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed. 14If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you. 15But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, a criminal, or even as a mischief-maker. 16Yet if any of you suffers as a Christian, do not consider it a disgrace, but glorify God because you bear this name. 17For the time has come for judgement to begin with the household of God; if it begins with us, what will be the end for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18And
‘If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,
   what will become of the ungodly and the sinners?’
19Therefore, let those suffering in accordance with God’s will entrust themselves to a faithful Creator, while continuing to do good.

Psalm: 
Psalm 121 or 116:1–8

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills; *
       from where is my help to come?
2 My help comes from the Lord, *
       the maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot be moved *
       and he who watches over you will not fall asleep.
4 Behold, he who keeps watch over Israel *
       shall neither slumber nor sleep;
5 The Lord himself watches over you; *
       the Lord is your shade at your right hand,
6 So that the sun shall not strike you by day, *
       nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; *
       it is he who shall keep you safe.
8 The Lord shall watch over your going out and
                           your coming in, *
       from this time forth for evermore.

or

1 I love the Lord, because he has heard the voice of
                            my supplication, *
       because he has inclined his ear to me whenever
                            I called upon him.
2 The cords of death entangled me;
  the grip of the grave took hold of me; *
       I came to grief and sorrow.
3 Then I called upon the Name of the Lord: *
      “O Lord, I pray you, save my life.”
4 Gracious is the Lord and righteous; *
       our God is full of compassion.
5 The Lord watches over the innocent; *
       I was brought very low, and he helped me.
6 Turn again to your rest, O my soul, *
       for the Lord has treated you well.
7 For you have rescued my life from death, *
       my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling.
8 I will walk in the presence of the Lord *
       in the land of the living.

Gospel: 
Mark 8:34-38

34 He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. 36For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? 37Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? 38Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.’

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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