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Kassiani, Poet and Hymnographer, 865

The Collect:

Rite I:
O God of boundless mercy, whose handmaiden Kassiani brought forth poetry and song: Inspire in thy church a new song, that following her most excellent example, we may boldly proclaim the truth of thy Word, even Jesus Christ, our Savior and Deliverer. Amen.

Rite II:
O God of boundless mercy, whose handmaiden Kassiani brought forth poetry and song: Inspire in your church a new song, that following her most excellent example, we may boldly proclaim the truth of your Word, even Jesus Christ, our Savior and Deliverer. Amen.

First Lesson: 1 Samuel 2:1–10

1 Hannah prayed and said,
‘My heart exults in the Lord;
   my strength is exalted in my God.
My mouth derides my enemies,
   because I rejoice in my victory. 

2 ‘There is no Holy One like the Lord,
   no one besides you;
   there is no Rock like our God. 
3 Talk no more so very proudly,
   let not arrogance come from your mouth;
for the Lord is a God of knowledge,
   and by him actions are weighed. 
4 The bows of the mighty are broken,
   but the feeble gird on strength. 
5 Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread,
   but those who were hungry are fat with spoil.
The barren has borne seven,
   but she who has many children is forlorn. 
6 The Lord kills and brings to life;
   he brings down to Sheol and raises up. 
7 The Lord makes poor and makes rich;
   he brings low, he also exalts. 
8 He raises up the poor from the dust;
   he lifts the needy from the ash heap,
to make them sit with princes
   and inherit a seat of honour.
For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s,
   and on them he has set the world. 

9 ‘He will guard the feet of his faithful ones,
   but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness;
   for not by might does one prevail. 
10 The Lord! His adversaries shall be shattered;
   the Most High will thunder in heaven.
The Lord will judge the ends of the earth;
   he will give strength to his king,
   and exalt the power of his anointed.’

Psalm: Psalm 150

1 Hallelujah!
   Praise God in his holy temple; *
       praise him in the firmament of his power.
2 Praise him for his mighty acts; *
       praise him for his excellent greatness.
3 Praise him with the blast of the ram’s-horn; *
       praise him with lyre and harp.
4 Praise him with timbrel and dance; *
       praise him with strings and pipe.
5 Praise him with resounding cymbals; *
       praise him with loud-clanging cymbals.
6 Let everything that has breath *
       praise the Lord.
       Hallelujah!

Gospel: Mark 4:30–34

30He also said, ‘With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? 31It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.’

33With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; 34he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples. 

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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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