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Tikhon, Bishop and Ecumenist, 1925

The Collect:

Rite I:
Holy God, holy and mighty, who hast called us together into one communion and fellowship: Open our eyes, we pray thee, as thou didst open the eyes of thy servant Tikhon, that we may see the faithfulness of others as we strive to be steadfast in the faith delivered unto us, that the world may see and know thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Spirit, be glory and praise unto ages of ages. Amen.

Rite II:
Holy God, holy and mighty, you call us together into one communion and fellowship: Open our eyes, we pray, as you opened the eyes of your servant Tikhon, that we may see the faithfulness of others as we strive to be steadfast in the faith delivered to us, that the world may see and know you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be glory and praise unto ages of ages. Amen.

First Lesson: Jeremiah 31:10-14

10 Hear the word of the Lord, O nations,
   and declare it in the coastlands far away;
say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him,
   and will keep him as a shepherd a flock.’
11 For the Lord has ransomed Jacob,
   and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him.
12 They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion,
   and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the Lord,
over the grain, the wine, and the oil,
   and over the young of the flock and the herd;
their life shall become like a watered garden,
   and they shall never languish again.
13 Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance,
   and the young men and the old shall be merry.
I will turn their mourning into joy,
   I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.
14 I will give the priests their fill of fatness,
   and my people shall be satisfied with my bounty,
says the Lord.

Psalm: Psalm 72

1 Give the King your justice, O God, *
       and your righteousness to the King’s Son;
2 That he may rule your people righteously *
       and the poor with justice;
3 That the mountains may bring prosperity to the people, *
       and the little hills bring righteousness.
4 He shall defend the needy among the people; *
       he shall rescue the poor and crush the oppressor.
5 He shall live as long as the sun and moon endure, *
       from one generation to another.
6 He shall come down like rain upon the mown field, *
       like showers that water the earth.
7 In his time shall the righteous flourish; *
       there shall be abundance of peace till the moon shall be no more.
8 He shall rule from sea to sea, *
       and from the River to the ends of the earth.
9 His foes shall bow down before him, *
       and his enemies lick the dust.
10 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall pay tribute, *
       and the kings of Arabia and Saba offer gifts.
11 All kings shall bow down before him, *
       and all the nations do him service.
12 For he shall deliver the poor who cries out in distress, *
       and the oppressed who has no helper.
13 He shall have pity on the lowly and poor; *
       he shall preserve the lives of the needy.
14 He shall redeem their lives from oppression and violence, *
       and dear shall their blood be in his sight.
15 Long may he live!
   and may there be given to him gold from Arabia; *
       may prayer be made for him always,
       and may they bless him all the day long.
16 May there be abundance of grain on the earth,
   growing thick even on the hilltops; *
       may its fruit flourish like Lebanon,
       and its grain like grass upon the earth.
17 May his Name remain for ever
   and be established as long as the sun endures; *
       may all the nations bless themselves in him and
                              call him blessed.
18 Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, *
       who alone does wondrous deeds!
19 And blessed be his glorious Name for ever! *
       and may all the earth be filled with his glory.
       Amen. Amen.

Gospel: John 17:20–23

20‘I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, 23I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

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Liturgical Calendar

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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