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2018/08/17

Twelfth Sunday after Trinity (and St. Bartholomew's 24 August) - 2018

The Twelfth Sunday after Trinity.
Te Deum Laudamus.
We praise thee, O God : we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship thee : the Father everlasting.
To thee all Angels cry aloud : the Heavens, and all the Powers therein.
To thee Cherubim and Seraphim : continually do cry,
Holy, Holy, Holy : Lord God of Sabaoth;
Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty : of thy glory.
The glorious company of the Apostles : praise thee.
The goodly fellowship of the Prophets : praise thee.
The noble army of Martyrs : praise thee.
The holy Church throughout all the world : doth acknowledge thee;
The Father : of an infinite Majesty;
Thine honourable, true : and only Son;
Also the Holy Ghost : the Comforter.

Thou art the King of Glory : O Christ.
Thou art the everlasting Son : of the Father.
When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man : thou didst not abhor the Virgin’s womb.
When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death : thou didst open the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers.
Thou sittest at the right hand of God : in the glory of the Father.
We believe that thou shalt come : to be our Judge.
We therefore pray thee, help thy servants : whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.
Make them to be numbered with thy Saints : in glory everlasting.

O Lord, save thy people : and bless thine heritage.
Govern them : and lift them up for ever.
Day by day : we magnify thee;
And we worship thy Name : ever world without end.
Vouchsafe, O Lord : to keep us this day without sin.
O Lord, have mercy upon us : have mercy upon us.
O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us : as our trust is in thee.
O Lord, in thee have I trusted : let me never be confounded.

The Collect.
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who art always more ready to hear than we are to pray, and art wont to give more than either we desire, or deserve; Pour down upon us the abundance of thy mercy; forgiving us those things whereof our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask, but through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord. Amen.

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 29.18-24
Psalter: Psalm 76, 77 | 71, 72
Epistle Reading: 2 Corinthians 3.1-9
Gospel Reading: St. Mark 7.31-37


Personal: Here’s my review of a thought-provoking book on certain New Testament passages as hymns: "New Testament Christological Hymns"

Saint Bartholomew the Apostle
August 24
The Collect
O almighty and everlasting God, who didst give to thine Apostle Bartholomew grace truly to believe and to preach thy Word; Grant, we beseech thee, unto thy Church, to love that Word which he believed, and both to preach and receive the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Old Testament Reading: Deuteronomy 18.15-18
Psalter: Psalm 91
Epistle Reading: 1 Corinthians 4.9-15
Gospel Reading: St. Luke 22.24-30


For a short historical piece regarding an event that happened on this day see my blog post:
St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre

2018/08/10

Eleventh Sunday after Trinity - 2018



The Eleventh Sunday after Trinity.
Venite, exultemus Domino.
Psalm xcv.
O COME, let us sing unto the Lord : let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving : and show ourselves glad in him with Psalms.
For the Lord is a great God : and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are all the corners of the earth : and the strength of the hills is his also.
The sea is his, and he made it : and his hands prepared the dry land.
O come, let us worship and fall down : and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For he is the Lord our God : and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts : as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness;
When your fathers tempted me : proved me, and saw my works.
Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said : It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways.
Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.

The Collect.
O GOD, who declarest thy almighty power most chiefly in shewing mercy and pity; Mercifully grant unto us such a measure of thy grace, that we, running the way of thy commandments, may obtain thy gracious promises, and be made partakers of thy heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (1928 BCP).

O GOD, who declarest thy almighty power most chiefly in shewing mercy and pity; Mercifully grant unto us abundantly thy grace, that we, running to thy promises, may be made partakers of thy heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (1549 BCP).

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 26.12-19
Psalter: Psalm 63, 64 | 54, 55
Epistle Reading: 1 Corinthians 15.1-11
Gospel Reading: St. Luke 18.9-14


Personal: I read and reviewed a good book on leadership the other day. I think several of you might benefit from the book. Here’s my review: http://mphilliber.blogspot.com/2018/08/recovering-leadership-by-thomas-hill.html

2018/08/03

Tenth Sunday after Trinity and the Transfiguration - 2018



The Tenth Sunday after Trinity.
Jeremiah 9.23-24
Hæc dicit Dominus
Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, * neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:
But let him that glorieth glory in this, * that he understandeth and knoweth me,
That I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: * for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son * and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be * world without end. Amen.

The Collect.
LET thy merciful ears, O Lord, be open to the prayers of thy humble servants; and that they may obtain their petitions make them to ask such things as shall please thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Old Testament Reading: Lamentations 1.1-12
Psalter: Psalm 61, 62 | 48, 49
Epistle Reading: 1 Corinthians 12.1-11
Gospel Reading: St. Luke 19.41-46


Personal: Recently I finished reading and reviewing a great book on the virtue of humility. I highly recommend it, and this link will take you to my review: "Rediscovering Humility"

The Transfiguration of Christ
August 6
The Collect
O GOD, who on the mount didst reveal to chosen witnesses thine only-begotten Son wonderfully transfigured, in raiment white and glistering; Mercifully grant that we, being delivered from the disquietude of this world, may be permitted to behold the King in his beauty, who with thee, O Father, and thee, O Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth, one God, world without end. Amen.

Epistle Reading: 2 Peter 1.13-18
Gospel Reading: St. Luke 9.28-36

Philippians 3.20-21: “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”


2018/07/27

Ninth Sunday after Trinity - 2018


The Ninth Sunday after Trinity.
Deuteronomy 33.2-4, 26-29
Dominus de Sinai venit
The LORD came from Sinai, *and rose up from Seir unto them;
He shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: * from his right hand went a fiery law for them.
Yea, he loved the people; all his saints are in thy hand: * and they sat down at thy feet; every one shall receive of thy words.
Moses commanded us a law, * even the inheritance of the congregation of Jacob.
And he was king in Jeshurun, * when the heads of the people and the tribes of Israel were gathered together.
There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven in thy help, * and in his excellency on the sky.
The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: * and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.
Israel then shall dwell in safety alone: the fountain of Jacob shall be upon a land of corn and wine; * also his heavens shall drop down dew.
Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, * O people saved by the LORD, the shield of thy help,
And who is the sword of thy excellency! And thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; * and thou shalt tread upon their high places.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son * and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be * world without end. Amen.

The Collect.
GRANT to us, Lord, we beseech thee, the spirit to think and do always such things as be rightful; that we, who cannot do any thing that is good without thee, may by thee be enabled to live according to thy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Old Testament Reading: 1 Kings 10.1-25
Psalter: Psalm 46, 47 | 44, 45
Epistle Reading: 1 Corinthians 10.1-13
Gospel Reading: St. Luke 16.1-9

Homily 

2018/07/20

Eighth Sunday after Trinity (and St. James' Day - 25 July) - 2018



The Eighth Sunday after Trinity.
Deuteronomy 32.1-4, 37-40
Audite cæli quæ loquor
Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; * and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.
My doctrine shall drop as the rain, * my speech shall distil as the dew,
As the small rain upon the tender herb, * and as the showers upon the grass:
Because I will publish the name of the LORD: * ascribe ye greatness unto our God.
He is the Rock, his work is perfect: * for all his ways are judgment:
A God of truth and without iniquity, * just and right is he.
And the LORD shall say, * “Where are their gods, their rock in whom they trusted,
Which did eat the fat of their sacrifices, * and drank the wine of their drink offerings?
Let them rise up and help you, * and be your protection.
See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: * I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.
For I lift up my hand to heaven, * and say, I live for ever.”
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son * and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be * world without end. Amen.

The Collect.
O GOD, whose never-failing providence ordereth all things both in heaven and earth; We humbly beseech thee to put away from us all hurtful things, and to give us those things which be profitable for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Old Testament Reading: Zechariah 4.1-10 (11-14)
Psalter: Psalm 39, 41 | 37
Epistle Reading: Romans 8.12-17
Gospel Reading: St. Matthew 7.15-21



Saint James the Apostle – 25 July

The Collect
Grant, O merciful God, that as thine holy Apostle Saint James, leaving his father and all that he had, without delay was obedient unto the calling of thy Son Jesus Christ, and followed him; so we, forsaking all worldly and carnal affections, may be evermore ready to follow thy holy commandments; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Old Testament Reading: Jeremiah 45.1-5
Psalter: Psalm 34
Epistle Reading: Acts 11.27-12.3
Gospel Reading: St. Matthew 20.20-28

2018/07/13

Seventh Sunday after Trinity - 15 July 2018



The Seventh Sunday after Trinity.
Ecclesiastes 12.13-14
Finem loquendi pariter omnes audiamus.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: * Fear God,
And keep his commandments: * for this is the whole duty of man.
For God shall bring every work into judgment, * with every secret thing,
Whether it be good, * or whether it be evil.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son * and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be * world without end. Amen.

The Collect.
LORD of all power and might, who art the author and giver of all good things; Graft in our hearts the love of thy Name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and of thy great mercy keep us in the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Old Testament Reading: Hosea 14.1-9
Psalter: Psalm 32, 36 | 33, 34
Epistle Reading: Romans 6.19-23
Gospel Reading: St. Mark 8.1-9


Personal: I would like to alert you to two books that you will find useful and encouraging, for different reasons. The first deals with being overcome by fear of the future or having faith that carries you through the future. The second looks at disability from a Biblical and Christian perspective. Here are links to my book review:


2018/07/06

Sixth Sunday after Trinity - 8 July 2019


The Sixth Sunday after Trinity.
Daniel 2.20-23
Domini benedictum
Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: * for wisdom and might are his:
And he changeth the times and the seasons: *he removeth kings, and setteth up kings:
He giveth wisdom unto the wise, * and knowledge to them that know understanding:
He revealeth the deep and secret things: * he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.
I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, * who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son * and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be * world without end. Amen.

The Collect.
O GOD, who hast prepared for them that love thee such good things as pass man’s understanding; Pour into our hearts such love toward thee, that we, loving thee above all things, may obtain thy promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 57.13b-19
Psalter: Psalm 28, 29 | 30, 31
Epistle Reading: Romans 6.3-11
Gospel Reading: St. Matthew 5.20-26


Personal: Throughout the month of July I am going to focus one of the petitions of our church’s pastoral/congregational prayer on our nation’s founding. Here is the petition for the 8th of July:

O God, by your creating mankind in your own image you did bestow on all people certain, unalienable rights. We come today in rich gratitude for these God-given liberties which are assumed in the Declaration of Independence, described in the U.S. Constitution and longed for world over. Thank You, Father, for your directing providence and gift of courage that guided our forbearers to stand against tyranny and to fight for true liberty. Please protect our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines today, especially those who face numerous dangers and depravations to defend these liberties. Shield our police officers and firefighters who risk much to keep us safe. Guide our national leaders, our legislators, governors and judiciary that they will be firmly steered by our founding principles, protecting and promoting liberty and justice for all – for the free born, foreign born and unborn. Prosper all honest industry, our farmers, our educators, public servants, the self-employed, the medical and helping professions, and others, so that our country may flourish. Deliver us from all natural catastrophes, plagues, famines, pestilence, drought, war, and rebellion. May the religious always be safe to live out their faith in this nation. May the citizens of this land always strive for a godly, moral and ethical excellence in every situation. We joyfully commend these United States of America into your safe keeping, and implore you for Jesus Christ’s sake to hear our prayers. Amen.

2018/06/30

Fifth Sunday after Trinity and Independence Day (USA 4 July) - 2018



The Fifth Sunday after Trinity.
Isaiah 8.11-13
Hæc enim ait Dominus ad me
For the LORD spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me * that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying,
Say ye not, A confederacy1, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; * neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid.
Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; * and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son * and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be * world without end. Amen.

1 The word “Confederacy” in the AV is the Hebrew (qesher) and actually means “Conspiracy,” as is reflected in most English translations (which can be seen here).

The Collect.
GRANT, O Lord, we beseech thee, that the course of this world may be so peaceably ordered by thy governance, that thy Church may joyfully serve thee in all godly quietness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Old Testament Reading: Ecclesiastes 2.1-23
Psalter: Psalm 21, 23 | 26, 27
Epistle Reading: 1 Peter 3.8-15a (15b-17)
Gospel Reading: St. Luke 5.1-11


Independence Day (USA)
July 4
The Collect
O ETERNAL God, through whose mighty power our fathers won their liberties of old; Grant, we beseech thee, that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain these liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Epistle. Deuteronomy x. 17: THE LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward: he doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment. Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt. Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name. He is thy praise, and he is thy God, that hath done for thee these great and terrible things, which thine eyes have seen.

2018/06/22

Fourth Sunday after Trinity (St. John Baptist - 24 June, St. Peter - 29 June) - 2018



The Fourth Sunday after Trinity.
Psalm 119.25-32
Adhaesit pavimento
MY SOUL cleaveth to the dust * O quicken thou me, according to thy word.
26. I have acknowledged my ways, and thou heardest me * O teach me thy statutes.
27. Make me to understand the way of thy commandments * and so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.
28. My soul melteth away for very heaviness * comfort thou me according unto thy word.
29. Take from me the way of lying * and cause thou me to make much of thy law.
30. I have chosen the way of truth * and thy judgements have I laid before me.
31. I have stuck unto thy testimonies * O Lord, confound me not.
32. I will run the way of thy commandments * when thou hast set my heart at liberty.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son * and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be * world without end. Amen.

The Collect.
O GOD, the protector of all that trust in thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy; Increase and multiply upon us thy mercy; that, thou being our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we finally lose not the things eternal: Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake our Lord. Amen.

Old Testament Reading: Lamentations 3.22-33
Psalter: Psalm 19, 20 | 24, 25
Epistle Reading: Romans 8.18-23
Gospel Reading: St. Luke 6.36-42



Saint John Baptist’s Day (June 24)

The Collect
Almighty God, by whose providence thy servant John Baptist was wonderfully born, and sent to prepare the way of they Son our Saviour, by preaching of repentance: Make us so to follow his doctrine and holy life, that we may truly repent according to his preaching, and after his example constantly speak the truth, boldly rebuke vice, and patiently suffer for the truth’s sake; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Old Testament Reading (For the Epistle): Isaiah 40.1-11
Gospel Reading: Luke 1.57-80


Saint Peter the Apostle (29 June)

The Collect
O almighty God, who by thy Son Jesus Christ didst give to thy Apostle Saint Peter many excellent gifts, and commandedst him earnestly to feed thy flock: Make, we beseech thee, all Bishops and Pastors diligently to preach thy holy Word, and the people obediently to follow the same, that they may receive the crown of everlasting glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Epistle Reading: Acts 12.1-11
Gospel Reading: Matthew 16.13-19


2018/06/16

Third Sunday after Trinity - 2018



The Third Sunday after Trinity.
Psalm 23
Dominus regit me.
THE Lord is my shepherd * therefore can I lack nothing.
He shall feed me in a green pasture * and lead me forth beside the waters of comfort.
He shall convert my soul * and bring me forth in the paths of righteousness, for his Name’s sake.
Yea, thou I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil * for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff comfort me.
Thou shalt prepare a table before me against them that trouble me * thou hast anointed my head with oil, and my cup shall be full.
But thy loving-kindness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life * and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son * and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be * world without end. Amen.


The Collect.
O LORD, we beseech thee mercifully to hear us; and grant that we, to whom though hast given an hearty desire to pray, may be comforted in all dangers and adversities; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Old Testament Reading: Jeremiah 31.1-14
Psalter: Psalm 16, 17 | 18
Epistle Reading: 1 Peter 5.5-11
Gospel Reading: St. Luke 15.1-10


2018/06/08

Second Sunday after Trinity and St. Barnabas (11 June) - 2018



The Second Sunday after Trinity.
Jude 1-4, 24-25
Qui sunt in Deo Patre dilectis
To them that are sanctified by God the Father, * and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:
Mercy unto you, and peace, * and love, be multiplied.
Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, *it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you
That ye should earnestly contend for the faith * which was once delivered unto the saints.
For there are certain men crept in unawares, * who were before of old ordained to this condemnation,
Ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, * and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, * and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, * dominion and power, both now and ever.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son * and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be * world without end. Amen.

The Collect.
O LORD, who never failest to help and govern them who thou dost bring up in thy stedfast fear and love; Keep us, we beseech thee, under the protection of thy good providence, and make us to have a perpetual fear and love of thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Old Testament Reading: Genesis 6.5-18
Psalter: Psalm 12, 13 | 10, 11
Epistle Reading: 1 John 3.13-24
Gospel Reading: St. Luke 14.15-24


Saint Barnabas the Apostle
(11 June)
Psalm 1
Beatus vir, qui non abiit, &c.
1. BLESSED is the man that hath not walked in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stood in the way of sinners : and hath not sat in the seat of the scornful.
2. But his delight is in the law of the Lord : and in his law will he exercise himself day and night.
3. And he shall be like a tree planted by the water-side : that will bring forth his fruit in due season.
4. His leaf also shall not wither : and look, whatsoever he doeth, it shall prosper.
5. As for the ungodly, it is not so with them : but they are like the chaff, which the wind scattereth away from the face of the earth.
6. Therefore the ungodly shall not be able to stand in the judgement : neither the sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
7. But the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous : and the way of the ungodly shall perish.

The Collect
O Lord God Almighty, who didst endue thy holy Apostle Barnabas with singular gifts of the Holy Ghost; Leave us not, we beseech thee, destitute of thy manifold gifts, nor yet of grace to use them alway to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Epistle Reading: Acts 11.22-30
Gospel Reading: John 15.12-16