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Paula and Eustochium of Rome, Monastics and Scholars, 404 and c. 419

The Collect:

Rite I:
Compel us, O God, to attend diligently to thy Word, as didst thy faithful servants Paula and Eustochium; that, by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, we may find it profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness; and that thereby we may be made wise unto salvation through faith in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Rite II:
Compel us, O God, to attend diligently to your Word, as did your faithful servants Paula and Eustochium; that, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, we may find it profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness; and that thereby we may be made wise unto salvation through faith in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

First Lesson: Judith 8:9–17

9When Judith heard the harsh words spoken by the people against the ruler, because they were faint for lack of water, and when she heard all that Uzziah said to them, and how he promised them under oath to surrender the town to the Assyrians after five days, 10she sent her maid, who was in charge of all she possessed, to summon Uzziah and Chabris and Charmis, the elders of her town. 11They came to her, and she said to them:

‘Listen to me, rulers of the people of Bethulia! What you have said to the people today is not right; you have even sworn and pronounced this oath between God and you, promising to surrender the town to our enemies unless the Lord turns and helps us within so many days. 12Who are you to put God to the test today, and to set yourselves up in the place of God in human affairs? 13You are putting the Lord Almighty to the test, but you will never learn anything! 14You cannot plumb the depths of the human heart or understand the workings of the human mind; how do you expect to search out God, who made all these things, and find out his mind or comprehend his thought? No, my brothers, do not anger the Lord our God. 15For if he does not choose to help us within these five days, he has power to protect us within any time he pleases, or even to destroy us in the presence of our enemies. 16Do not try to bind the purposes of the Lord our God; for God is not like a human being, to be threatened, or like a mere mortal, to be won over by pleading. 17Therefore, while we wait for his deliverance, let us call upon him to help us, and he will hear our voice if it pleases him.

Psalm: Psalm 34

1 I will bless the Lord at all times; *
       his praise shall ever be in my mouth.
2 I will glory in the Lord; *
       let the humble hear and rejoice.
3 Proclaim with me the greatness of the Lord;
       let us exalt his Name together.
4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me *
       and delivered me out of all my terror.
5 Look upon him and be radiant, *
       and let not your faces be ashamed.
6 I called in my affliction and the Lord heard me *
       and saved me from all my troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encompasses those who fear him, *
       and he will deliver them.
8 Taste and see that the Lord is good; *
       happy are they who trust in him!
9 Fear the Lord, you that are his saints, *
       for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger, *
       but those who seek the Lord lack nothing that is good.
11 Come, children, and listen to me; *
       I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 Who among you loves life *
       and desires long life to enjoy prosperity?
13 Keep your tongue from evil-speaking *
       and your lips from lying words.
14 Turn from evil and do good; *
       seek peace and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, *
       and his ears are open to their cry.
16 The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, *
       to root out the remembrance of them from the earth.
17 The righteous cry, and the Lord hears them *
       and delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted *
       and will save those whose spirits are crushed.
19 Many are the troubles of the righteous, *
       but the Lord will deliver him out of them all.
20 He will keep safe all his bones; *
       not one of them shall be broken.
21 Evil shall slay the wicked, *
       and those who hate the righteous will be punished.
22 The Lord ransoms the life of his servants, *
       and none will be punished who trust in him.

Gospel: Luke 8:1–3

1 Soon afterwards he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with him, 2 as well as some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, 3 and Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their resources.

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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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