Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Introits, collects, etc. St. Aidan and the Nativity of St. Mary the Virgin.

St. Aidan
(Bishop of Lindisfarne)
August 31

The Collect.

O ALMIGHTY God, who in thy providence didst choose thy servant Aidan to be an apostle to the people of England, to bring those who were wandering in darkness and error to the true light and knowledge of thee: Grant us so to walk in that light, that we may come at last to the light of everlasting life; through the merits of Jesus
Christ thy Son our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle, i Corinthians 9:16-23.

FOR though I preach The Gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not The Gospel! For if I do this thing willingly; I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of The Gospel is committed unto me. What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach The Gospel, I may make The Gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in The Gospel. For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law (though not being myself under the law), that I might gain them that are under the law; to them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. And this I do for The Gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.

The Gospel. St. Matthew 19:27-30.

THEN answered Peter and said unto Jesus, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

Nativity of St. Mary the Virgin
September 8

Antiphons for the Psalms at Matins and Evensong

1. Today we keep the Nativity of Mary the Virgin, of the seed of Abraham: * Archangels, be joyful; be gladsome, all ye righteous; and let the universe break forth in praises.
2. At the birth of this most holy Virgin, light began to shine upon the world: * how blest the stem, the root how holy, but yet more blessed was the Fruit thereof.
3. Today is the festival of the holy Virgin Mary: * whose glorious life illumineth all the churches.
4. Sprung from a royal line, behold Mary shining resplendent: * by whose prayers we ask devoutly that we may be aided both in body, mind and spirit.
5. With all our heart and soul, let us sing glory unto Christ, * on this holy solemnity of Mary, the exalted Mother of God.

1st Evensong
The Psalms Appointed
45 & 111

The Readings
Gen 3:15 & Rev 12:1-5

The Antiphon for the Magnificat
Thy Nativity O Virgin Mother of God, hath proclaimed joyful tidings unto all the world: * for from arose the Sun of Righteousness, even Christ, our God; // who, taking away the curse, hath bestowed a blessing, * and, despoiling death, hath given unto us life everlasting.

The Psalms Appointed
131 & 113

The Readings
From the office of Our Lady

The Antiphon for the Benedictus
Today let us celebrate with joyous solemnity the Nativity of God's most holy Mother, the Virgin Mary: * from whom the Son of the Highest proceeded, Alleluia!

Holy Communion

The Introit St. Luke 1:46-55.

My soul doth magnify the Lord : and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
For he hath regarded : the lowliness of his handmaiden.
For behold, from henceforth : all generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath magnified me : and holy is his Name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him : throughout all generations.
He hath shewed strength with his arm : he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat : and hath exalted the humble and meek.
He hath filled the hungry with good things : and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel : as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever.

The Collect.

O merciful God, hear the prayers of thy servants who commemorate the Nativity of the Mother of the Lord; and grant that by the incarnation of thy dear Son we may indeed be made nigh unto him; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

The Epistle, Romans 5:12-21

Therefore as sin came into the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all men sinned—  sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law.  Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sins were not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come. But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift in the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many.  And the free gift is not like the effect of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brings justification.  If, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. Then as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to acquittal and life for all men. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man’s obedience many will be made righteous.  Law came in, to increase the trespass; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Gradual Ps 98:5-6

5 Show yourselves joyful unto the Lord, all ye lands: * sing, rejoice, and give thanks.
6 Praise the Lord upon the harp: * sing to the harp with a psalm of thanksgiving.

The Alleluia Ps 98:7

Alleluia! Alleluia! With trumpets also, and the sound of the horn, * O show yourselves joyful before the Lord, the King. Alleluia!

The Gospel, Luke 11:27-28

As he said this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts that you sucked!”  But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

2nd Evensong
The Psalms Appointed
8 & 36

The Readings
From the office of Our Lady

The Antiphon for the Magnificat

All generations shall call me blessed: * for God hath regarded his lowly handmaiden.

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