Mary and Martha of Bethany

Mary and Martha Bethany Mary Martha Lazarus
Monday, July 29, 2019Wednesday, July 29, 2020Thursday, July 29, 2021Friday, July 29, 2022
The Collect: 

Rite I:
O God, heavenly Father, whose Son Jesus Christ enjoyed rest and refreshment in the home of Mary and Martha of Bethany: Give us the will to love thee, open our hearts to hear thee, and strengthen our hands to serve thee in others for his sake; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Rite II:
O God, heavenly Father, your Son Jesus Christ enjoyed rest and refreshment in the home of Mary and Martha of Bethany: Give us the will to love you, open our hearts to hear you, and strengthen our hands to serve you in others for his sake; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Lesson: 
Romans 12:9-13

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honour. 11Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 13Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.

Psalm 36:5-10 or 33:1–5,20–21

5 Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, *
       and your faithfulness to the clouds.
6 Your righteousness is like the strong mountains,
  your justice like the great deep; *
       you save both man and beast, O Lord.
7 How priceless is your love, O God! *
       your people take refuge under the shadow of your wings.
8 They feast upon the abundance of your house; *
       you give them drink from the river of your delights.
9 For with you is the well of life, *
       and in your light we see light.
10 Continue your loving-kindness to those who know you, *
       and your favor to those who are true of heart.


1 Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous; *
       it is good for the just to sing praises.
2 Praise the Lord with the harp; *
       play to him upon the psaltery and lyre.
3 Sing for him a new song; *
       sound a fanfare with all your skill upon the trumpet.
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.
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.

Luke 10:38–42

38 Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. 40But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.’ 41But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; 42there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.’

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.