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Sexagesima (or the 2nd Sunday before Lent) and St. Matthias' Day (24 February) - 2019

The Sunday called Sexagesima, or the Second Sunday before Lent.
Psalm 87. Fundamenta ejus.
HER foundations are upon the holy hills: * the Lord loveth the gates of Sion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
2 Very excellent things are spoken of thee, * thou city of God.
3 I will make mention of Egypt and Babylon, * among them that know me.
4 Behold, Philistia also; and Tyre, with Ethiopia; * lo, in Sion were they born.
5 Yea, of Sion it shall be reported, this one and that one were born in her; * and the Most High shall stablish her.
6 The Lord shall record it, when he writeth up the peoples; * lo, in Sion were they born.
7 The singers also and trumpeters shall make answer: * All my fresh springs are in 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 LORD God, who seest that we put not our trust in any thing that we do; Mercifully grant that by thy power we may be defended against all adversity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 50.4-9
Psalter: Psalm 33, 93 | 139
Epistle Reading: 2 Corinthians 11.19-12.10
Gospel Reading: St. Luke 8.4-15

Saint Matthias’s Day (24 February)

The Collect
Almighty God, who into the place of the traitor Judas didst choose thy faithful servant Matthias to be of the number of the twelve Apostles; Grant that thy Church, being alway preserved from false Apostles, may be ordered and guided by faithful and true pastors; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Old Testament Reading: 1 Samuel 2.27-35
Psalter: Psalm 15
Epistle Reading: Acts 1.15-26
Gospel Reading: St. Matthew 11.25-30

Personal: This feast day has special significance for me. My grandson, Matthias Alexander, was born pre-term on 2 February 2019 and survived less than two hours. Here is the prayer I wrote when my grandson passed away: “At the Death of My Grandson


Septuagesima or the Third Sunday before Lent - 2019

The Sunday called Septuagesima, or the third Sunday before Lent.
Psalm 19. Cæli enarrant.
THE heavens declare the glory of God; * and the firmament showeth his handy-work.
2 One day telleth another; * and one night certifieth another.
3 There is neither speech nor language; * but their voices are heard among them.
4 Their sound is gone out into all lands; * and their words into the ends of the world.
5 In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun; * which cometh forth as a bridegroom out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a giant to run his course.
6 It goeth forth from the uttermost part of the heaven, and runneth about unto the end of it again; * and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
7 The law of the Lord is an undefiled law, converting the soul; * the testimony of the Lord is sure, and giveth wisdom unto the simple.
8 The statutes of the Lord are right, and rejoice the heart; * the commandment of the Lord is pure, and giveth light unto the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is clean, and endureth for ever; *
the judgments of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; * sweeter also than honey, and the honey- comb.
11 Moreover, by them is thy servant taught; * and in keeping of them there is great reward.
12 Who can tell how oft he offendeth? * O cleanse thou me from my secret faults.
13 Keep thy servant also from presumptuous sins, lest they get the dominion over me; * so shall I be undefiled, and innocent from the great offence.
14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be alway acceptable in thy sight, * O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.
Glory be to the Father, &c.
As it was in the beginning, &c.

The Collect.
O LORD, we beseech thee favourably to hear the prayers of thy people; that we, who are justly punished for our offences, may be mercifully delivered by thy goodness, for the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Old Testament Reading: Joshua 1.1-9
Psalter: Psalm 8, 148 | 104
Epistle Reading:1 Corinthians 9.24-27
Gospel Reading: St. Matthew 20.1-16



Fifth Sunday after Epiphany - 2019

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
Psalm 135. Laudate Nomen.
O  PRAISE the Lord, laud ye the Name of the Lord; * praise it, O ye servants of the Lord;
2 Ye that stand in the house of the Lord, * in the courts of the house of our God.
3 O praise the Lord, for the Lord is gracious; * O sing praises unto his Name, for it is lovely.
4 For why? the Lord hath chosen Jacob unto himself, * and Israel for his own possession.
5 For I know that the Lord is great, * and that our Lord is above all gods.
6 Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth; * and in the sea, and in all deep places.
7 He bringeth forth the clouds from the ends of the world, * and sendeth forth lightnings with the rain, bringing the winds out of his treasuries.
8 He smote the firstborn of Egypt, * both of man and beast.
9 He hath sent tokens and wonders into the midst of thee, O thou land of Egypt; * upon Pharaoh, and all his servants.
10 He smote divers nations, * and slew mighty kings:
11 Sihon, king of the Amorites; and Og, the king of Bashan; * and all the kingdoms of Canaan;
12 And gave their land to be an heritage, * even an heritage unto Israel his people.
13 Thy Name, O Lord, endureth for ever; * so doth thy memorial, O Lord, from one generation to another.
14 For the Lord will avenge his people, * and be gracious unto his servants.
15 As for the images of the heathen, they are but silver and gold; * the work of men’s hands.
16 They have mouths, and speak not; * eyes have they, but they see not.
17 They have ears, and yet they hear not; * neither is there any breath in their mouths.
18 They that make them are like unto them; * and so are all they that put their trust in them.
19 Praise the Lord, ye house of Israel; * praise the Lord, ye house of Aaron.
20 Praise the Lord, ye house of Levi; * ye that fear the Lord, praise the Lord.
21 Praised be the Lord out of Sion, * who dwelleth at Jerusalem.
Glory be to the Father, &c.
As it was in the beginning, &c.

The Collect.
O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Old Testament Reading: Habakkuk 1.12-2.14
Psalter: Psalm 112
Epistle Reading: Colossians 3.12-17
Gospel Reading: St. Matthew 13.24-30



The Presentation of Christ (2 February) and the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany - 2019

The presentation of Christ in the temple, commonly called the Purification of Saint Mary the Virgin
(2 February)
Psalm 20. Exaudiat te Dominus.
THE Lord hear thee in the day of trouble; * the Name of the God of Jacob defend thee:
2 Send thee help from the sanctuary, * and strengthen thee out of Sion:
3 Remember all thy offerings, * and accept thy burnt sacrifice:
4 Grant thee thy heart’s desire, * and fulfil all thy mind.
5 We will rejoice in thy salvation, and triumph in the Name of the Lord our God: * the Lord perform all thy petitions.
6 Now know I that the Lord helpeth his anointed, and will hear him from his holy heaven, * even with the wholesome strength of his right hand.
7 Some put their trust in chariots, and some in horses; * but we will remember the Name of the Lord our God.
8 They are brought down and fallen; * but we are risen and stand upright.
9 Save, Lord; and hear us, O King of heaven, * when we call upon thee.
Glory be to the Father, &c.
As it was in the beginning, &c.

Nunc dimittis. St. Luke ii. 29.
(Simeon’s Song at seeing the Christ-child)
LORD, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, * according to thy word.
For mine eyes have seen * thy salvation,
Which thou hast prepared * before the face of all people;
To be a light to lighten the Gentiles, * and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

The Collect
Almighty and everliving God, we humbly beseech thy Majesty, that, as thy only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple in substance of our flesh, so we may be presented unto thee with pure and clean hearts, by the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Old Testament Reading: Malachi 3.1-5
Psalter: Psalm 84
Epistle Reading: Galatians 1.1-24
Gospel Reading: St. Luke 2.22-40

The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
Psalm 117. Laudate Dominum.
O  PRAISE the Lord, all ye nations; * praise him, all ye peoples.
2 For his merciful kindness is ever more and more toward us; * and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever.  Praise the Lord.
Glory be to the Father, &c.
As it was in the beginning, &c.

The Collect.
O GOD, who knowest us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright; Grant to us such strength and protection, as may support us in all dangers, and carry us through all temptations; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Old Testament Reading: Amos 3
Psalter: Psalm 75, 76 | 107
Epistle Reading: Romans 13.1-7
Gospel Reading: Matthew 8:23-34