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Mechthild of Madgeburg, Mystic, c.1282

The Collect:

Rite I:
Draw the souls of thy people into thy love, O God; that, like thy servant Mechthild, we may yearn to be fully thine, for thou dost know us better than we can know ourselves; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God now and for ever. Amen.

Rite II:
Draw the souls of your people into your love, O God, that like your servant Mechthild, we may yearn to be fully yours, for you know us better than we can know ourselves; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and for ever. Amen.

First Lesson: Song of Songs 3:1–5

1 Upon my bed at night
   I sought him whom my soul loves;
I sought him, but found him not;
   I called him, but he gave no answer.* 
2 ‘I will rise now and go about the city,
   in the streets and in the squares;
I will seek him whom my soul loves.’
   I sought him, but found him not. 
3 The sentinels found me,
   as they went about in the city.
‘Have you seen him whom my soul loves?’ 
4 Scarcely had I passed them,
   when I found him whom my soul loves.
I held him, and would not let him go
   until I brought him into my mother’s house,
   and into the chamber of her that conceived me. 
5 I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
   by the gazelles or the wild does:
do not stir up or awaken love
   until it is ready! 

Psalm: Psalm 119:41–48

41 Let your loving-kindness come to me, O Lord, *
       and your salvation, according to your promise.
42 Then shall I have a word for those who taunt me, *
       because I trust in your words.
43 Do not take the word of truth out of my mouth, *
       for my hope is in your judgments.
44 I shall continue to keep your law; *
       I shall keep it for ever and ever.
45 I will walk at liberty, *
       because I study your commandments.
46 I will tell of your decrees before kings *
       and will not be ashamed.
47 I delight in your commandments, *
       which I have always loved.
48 I will lift up my hands to your commandments, *
       and I will meditate on your statutes.

Gospel: Mark 8:22–26

22They came to Bethsaida. Some people brought a blind man to him and begged him to touch him. 23He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village; and when he had put saliva on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, ‘Can you see anything?’ 24And the manlooked up and said, ‘I can see people, but they look like trees, walking.’ 25Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he looked intently and his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 26Then he sent him away to his home, saying, ‘Do not even go into the village.’ 

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Lectionary Calendar

The Old Testament, New Testament and Gospels readings are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

The Collects, Psalms, and Canticles are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.

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