Of the Holy Trinity
The CollectALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who hast given unto us thy servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of the Divine Majesty to worship the Unity; We beseech thee that thou wouldest keep us stedfast in this faith, and evermore defend us from all adversities, who livest and reignest, one God, world without end. Amen.
The Epistle. Romans xi. 33-36
O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
The Gospel. John iii. 1-15.
In those days there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night, and said to him: Rabbi, we know that thou art come a teacher from God; for no man can do these signs which thou dost, unless God be with him. Jesus answered, and said to him: Amen, amen I say to thee, unless a man be born again, he cannot see the
Nicodemus saith to him: How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter a
second time into his mother's womb, and be born again? Jesus answered: Amen,
amen I say to thee, unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he
cannot enter into the kingdom of God . That which is
born of the flesh, is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit, is spirit.
Wonder not, that I said to thee, you must be born again. The Spirit breatheth
where he will; and thou hearest his voice, but thou knowest not whence he
cometh, and whither he goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Nicodemus answered, and said to him: How can these things be done? Jesus
answered, and said to him: Art thou a master in kingdom
of God , and knowest not these
things? Amen, amen I say to thee, that we speak what we know, and we testify
what we have seen, and you receive not our testimony. If I have spoken to you
earthly things, and you believe not; how will you believe, if I shall speak to
you heavenly things? And no man hath ascended into heaven, but he that
descended from heaven, the Son of man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up
the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever
believeth in him, may not perish; but may have life everlasting. Israel