Ordination of Florence Li Tim-Oi: First Woman Priest in the Anglican Communion, 1944

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The Collect: 

Rite I:
Gracious God, we thank thee for calling Florence Li Tim- Oi, much-beloved daughter, to be the first woman to exercise the office of a priest in our Communion: By the grace of thy Spirit inspire us to follow her example, serving thy people with patience and happiness all our days, and witnessing in every circumstance to our Savior Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Rite II:
Gracious God, we thank you for calling Florence Li Tim-Oi, much-beloved daughter, to be the first woman to exercise the office of a priest in our Communion: By the grace of your Spirit inspire us to follow her example, serving your people with patience and happiness all our days, and witnessing in every circumstance to our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the same Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Old Testament: 
Jeremiah 17:14-18a

14 Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed;
   save me, and I shall be saved;
   for you are my praise.
15 See how they say to me,
   ‘Where is the word of the Lord?
   Let it come!’
16 But I have not run away from being a shepherd in your service,
   nor have I desired the fatal day.
You know what came from my lips;
   it was before your face.
17 Do not become a terror to me;
   you are my refuge on the day of disaster;
18 Let my persecutors be shamed,
   but do not let me be shamed;
let them be dismayed,
   but do not let me be dismayed.

Psalm: 
Psalm 116:1-12

1 I love the LORD, because he has heard the voice of my supplication, *
       because he has inclined his ear to me whenever I called upon him.
2 The cords of death entangled me;
  the grip of the grave took hold of me; *
       I came to grief and sorrow.
3 Then I called upon the Name of the LORD: *
      "O LORD, I pray you, save my life."
4 Gracious is the LORD and righteous; *
       our God is full of compassion.
5 The LORD watches over the innocent; *
       I was brought very low, and he helped me.
6 Turn again to your rest, O my soul, *
       for the LORD has treated you well.
7 For you have rescued my life from death, *
       my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling.
8 I will walk in the presence of the LORD *
       in the land of the living.
9 I believed, even when I said,
 “I have been brought very low.” *
       In my distress I said, “No one can be trusted.”
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.

Epistle: 
Galatians 3:23-28

23 Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. 24Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith.25But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, 26for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. 27As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.

Gospel: 
Luke 10:1-9

1 After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2He said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest. 3Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. 4Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. 5Whatever house you enter, first say, “Peace to this house!” 6And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. 7Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the labourer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house.8Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; 9cure the sick who are there, and say to them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.”

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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