Monday, February 1, 2016

The Introits, Collects, etc. St. Augustine of Canterburry and St. Bede the Venerable

St. Augustine
(Apostle to the English and First Archbishop of Canterbury)
May 26

1st Evensong
The Psalms Appointed

The Readings
Ezek. 3:4–11 & Acts 4:8–20

The Antiphon for the Magnificat
Blessed is the man that considereth the ways of wisdom in his heart, and that goeth after her as one that traceth: * by her he shall be covered from the heat, and shall dwell in her glory Alleluia!

The Psalms Appointed
22 & 67

The Readings
Ezek. 2:1–7 & Acts 11:1–18

The Antiphon for the Benedictus
Blessed be the Name of God for ever and ever, for wisdom and might are his: * I thank thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast given us wisdom and might, in that thou hast revealed the deep and secret things Alleluia!

Holy Communion
The Introit Psalm 112. Beatus vir.
    BLESSED is the man that feareth the LORD; * he hath great delight in his commandments.
    2 His seed shall be mighty upon earth; * the generation of the faithful shall be blessed.
    3 Riches and plenteousness shall be in his house; * and his righteousness endureth for ever.
    4 Unto the godly there ariseth up light in the darkness; * he is merciful, loving, and righteous.
    5 A good man is merciful, and lendeth; * and will guide his words with discretion.
    6 For he shall never be moved: * and the righteous shall be had in everlasting remembrance.
    7 He will not be afraid of any evil tidings; * for his heart standeth fast, and believeth in the L
    8 His heart is stablished, and will not shrink, * until he see his desire upon his enemies.
    9 He hath dispersed abroad, and given to the poor. * and his righteousness remaineth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.
    10 The ungodly shall see it, and it shall grieve him; * he shall gnash with his teeth, and consume away; the desire of the ungodly shall perish.

The Collect.

ALMIGHTY God, who in thy providence didst choose thy servant Augustine 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, 2 Corinthians 5:17-20.

IF any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.

The Gradual Ps 31:1-3

IN thee, O LORD, have I put my trust; * let me never be put to confusion; deliver me in thy righteousness.
2 Bow down thine ear to me; * make haste to deliver me,
3 And be thou my strong rock and house of defence, * that thou mayest save me.

The Alleluia Ps 31:4

Alleluia! Alleluia! For thou art my strong rock and my castle: * be thou also my guide, and lead me for thy Name's sake. Alleluia!

The Gospel. St. Matthew 13:31-33.

ANOTHER parable put Jesus forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables.

2nd Evensong
The Psalms Appointed
23 & 146

The Readings
Ezek. 34:11–16 & John 21:15-22

The Antiphon for the Magnificat
They that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament: * and they that turn many to righteousness, as the stars for ever and ever (Alleluia!).

St. Bede, the Venerable
(Priest and Monk of Jarrow)
May 27

The Collect.

ALMIGHTY God, who hast enriched thy Church with the singular learning and holiness of thy servant Bede: Grant us to hold fast the true doctrine of thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, and to fashion our lives according to the same, to the glory of thy great Name and the benefit of thy holy Church; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle. Malachi 3: i6-i8.

THEN they that feared the LORD spake one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Then once more shall ye discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

The Gospel. St. Matthew 13:47-52.

JESUS said, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, and shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord. Then said he unto them. Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old. 

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