The Martyrs of Uganda, 1886

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The Collect: 

Rite I:
O God, by whose providence the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church: Grant that we who remember before thee the blessed martyrs of Uganda, may, like them, be steadfast in our faith in Jesus Christ, to whom they gave obedience even unto death, and by their sacrifice brought forth a plentiful harvest; 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, by your providence the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church: Grant that we who remember before you the blessed martyrs of Uganda, may, like them, be steadfast in our faith in Jesus Christ, to whom they gave obedience, even to death, and by their sacrifice brought forth a plentiful harvest; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

First Lesson: 
Hebrews 10:32-39

32 But recall those earlier days when, after you had been enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, 33sometimes being publicly exposed to abuse and persecution, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. 34For you had compassion for those who were in prison, and you cheerfully accepted the plundering of your possessions, knowing that you yourselves possessed something better and more lasting. 35Do not, therefore, abandon that confidence of yours; it brings a great reward. 36For you need endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. 37For yet
‘in a very little while,
   the one who is coming will come and will not delay;
38 but my righteous one will live by faith.
   My soul takes no pleasure in anyone who shrinks back.’
39But we are not among those who shrink back and so are lost, but among those who have faith and so are saved.

Psalm: 
Psalm 138 or 139 or 116:10-17

1 I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with my whole heart; *
       before the gods I will sing your praise.
2 I will bow down toward your holy temple
  and praise your Name, *
       because of your love and faithfulness;
3 For you have glorified your Name *
       and your word above all things.
4 When I called, you answered me; *
       you increased my strength within me.
5 All the kings of the earth will praise you, O Lord, *
       when they have heard the words of your mouth.
6 They will sing of the ways of the Lord, *
       that great is the glory of the Lord.
7 Though the Lord be high, he cares for the lowly; *
       he perceives the haughty from afar.
8 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you keep me safe; *
       you stretch forth your hand against the fury of my enemies;
       your right hand shall save me.
9 The Lord will make good his purpose for me; *
       O Lord, your love endures for ever;
       do not abandon the works of your hands.

or

1 Lord, you have searched me out and known me; *
       you know my sitting down and my rising up;
       you discern my thoughts from afar.
2 You trace my journeys and my resting-places *
       and are acquainted with all my ways.
3 Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, *
       but you, O Lord, know it altogether.
4 You press upon me behind and before *
       and lay your hand upon me.
5 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; *
       it is so high that I cannot attain to it.
6 Where can I go then from your Spirit? *
       where can I flee from your presence?
7 If I climb up to heaven, you are there; *
       if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.
8 If I take the wings of the morning *
       and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
9 Even there your hand will lead me *
       and your right hand hold me fast.
10 If I say, “Surely the darkness will cover me, *
       and the light around me turn to night,”
11 Darkness is not dark to you;
   the night is as bright as the day; *
       darkness and light to you are both alike.
12 For you yourself created my inmost parts; *
       you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
13 I will thank you because I am marvelously made; *
       your works are wonderful, and I know it well.
14 My body was not hidden from you, *
       while I was being made in secret
       and woven in the depths of the earth.
15 Your eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb;
   all of them were written in your book; *
       they were fashioned day by day,
       when as yet there was none of them.
16 How deep I find your thoughts, O God! *
       how great is the sum of them!
17 If I were to count them, they would be more in number
                              than the sand; *
       to count them all, my life span would need to
                              be like yours.
18 Oh, that you would slay the wicked, O God! *
       You that thirst for blood, depart from me.
19 They speak despitefully against you; *
       your enemies take your Name in vain.
20 Do I not hate those, O Lord, who hate you? *
       and do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
21 I hate them with a perfect hatred; *
       they have become my own enemies.
22 Search me out, O God, and know my heart; *
       try me and know my restless thoughts.
23 Look well whether there be any wickedness in me *
       and lead me in the way that is everlasting.

or

10 How shall I repay the Lord *
       for all the good things he has done for me?
11 I will lift up the cup of salvation *
       and call upon the Name of the Lord.
12 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord *
       in the presence of all his people.
13 Precious in the sight of the Lord *
       is the death of his servants.
14 O Lord, I am your servant; *
       I am your servant and the child of your handmaid;
       you have freed me from my bonds.
15 I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving *
       and call upon the Name of the Lord.
16 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord *
       in the presence of all his people,
17 In the courts of the Lord’s house, *
       in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.
       Hallelujah!

Gospel: 
Matthew 24:9-14

‘Then they will hand you over to be tortured and will put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of my name. 10Then many will fall away, and they will betray one another and hate one another. 11And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12And because of the increase of lawlessness, the love of many will grow cold. 13But anyone who endures to the end will be saved. 14And this good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world, as a testimony to all the nations; and then the end will come.

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.