John Wyclif: Priest and Prophetic Witness, 1384

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The Collect: 

Rite I:
O God, whose justice continually challenges thy Church to live according to its calling: Grant us who now remember the work of John Wyclif contrition for the wounds which our sins inflict on thy Church, and such love for Christ that we may seek to heal the divisions which afflict his Body; through the same Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Rite II:
O God, your justice continually challenges your Church to live according to its calling: Grant us who now remember the work of John Wyclif contrition for the wounds which our sins inflict on your Church, and such love for Christ that we may seek to heal the divisions which afflict his Body; through the same Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Old Testament: 
Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) 43:26–33

26 Because of him each of his messengers succeeds,
   and by his word all things hold together.
27 We could say more but could never say enough;
   let the final word be: ‘He is the all.’
28 Where can we find the strength to praise him?
   For he is greater than all his works.
29 Awesome is the Lord and very great,
   and marvellous is his power.
30 Glorify the Lord and exalt him as much as you can,
   for he surpasses even that.
When you exalt him, summon all your strength,
   and do not grow weary, for you cannot praise him enough.
31 Who has seen him and can describe him?
   Or who can extol him as he is?
32 Many things greater than these lie hidden,
   for I have seen but few of his works.
33 For the Lord has made all things,
   and to the godly he has given wisdom.

Psalm: 
Psalm 33:4-11

4 For the word of the Lord is right, *
       and all his works are sure.
5 He loves righteousness and justice; *
       the loving-kindness of the Lord fills the whole earth.
6 By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, *
       by the breath of his mouth all the heavenly hosts.
7 He gathers up the waters of the ocean as in a water-skin *
       and stores up the depths of the sea.
8 Let all the earth fear the Lord; *
       let all who dwell in the world stand in awe of him.
9 For he spoke, and it came to pass; *
       he commanded, and it stood fast.
10 The Lord brings the will of the nations to naught; *
       he thwarts the designs of the peoples.
11 But the Lord'S will stands fast for ever, *
       and the designs of his heart from age to age.

Epistle: 
Hebrews 4:12-16

12 Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.

14 Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. 15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. 16Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Gospel: 
Mark 4:13-20

13 And he said to them, ‘Do you not understand this parable? Then how will you understand all the parables? 14The sower sows the word. 15These are the ones on the path where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. 16And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: when they hear the word, they immediately receive it with joy. 17But they have no root, and endure only for a while; then, when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away. 18And others are those sown among the thorns: these are the ones who hear the word, 19but the cares of the world, and the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things come in and choke the word, and it yields nothing. 20And these are the ones sown on the good soil: they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.’

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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