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Book of Common Prayer Sunday Eucharistic Lectionary Propers

Appointed for the Week of 

The Second Sunday After Trinity

(In the Octave of Saint John the Baptist)

THE COLLECTS.

O LORD,

who never failest to help and govern them whom 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.


ALMIGHTY God,

by whose providence thy servant John Baptist was wonderfully born,

and sent to prepare the way of thy 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.


THE EPISTLE. 1 St John 3. 13.

MARVEL not, my brethren, if the world hate you.

We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren.

He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer;

and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

Hereby we know love, because he laid down his life for us:

and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his heart against him;

how dwelleth the love of God in him?

My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed, and in truth.

And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.

For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.

Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence towards God.

And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments,

and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

And this is his commandment,

That we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ,

and love one another, as he gave us commandment.

And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him:

and hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.


THE GOSPEL. St Luke 14. 15.

AND one of them that sat at meat with Jesus said unto him,

Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.

Then said he unto him,

A certain man made a great supper, and bade many;

and sent his servant at supper-time to say to them that were bidden, Come, for all things are now ready.

And they all with one consent began to make excuse.

The first said unto him,

I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it; I pray thee have me excused.

And another said,

I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them; I pray thee have me excused.

And another said,

I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.

So that servant came and showed his lord these things.

Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant,

Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city,

and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.

And the servant said,

Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.

And the lord said unto the servant,

Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.

 
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Book of Common Prayer Sunday Eucharistic Lectionary Message

A Sermon for the Second Sunday After Trinity

By:  Fr. W. J. Hankey

“Let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” 

(1 St. John 3:18; KJV) 

The great power and the great question of our time are the same.

Our great power, ability and skill

which makes us superior to every other age of men who have dwelt on the face of the earth,

a capacity which has built a civilization the most mighty in human history,

is technology,

the power of turning thought into practice,

the power to apply knowledge to the transformation of reality.

The great question and crushing problem,

the unsolved dilemma,

is equally a matter of bringing together thought and practice, knowledge and love.

Our unsolved problem is to know the truth which will tell us

what to do with our power to mold and transform our world. 

We have knowledge which tells us how to do what we will,

but to what ends are we to direct our power?

What goals are true and good both? 

What is the truth which will make us free? 

That is the defeating question of our time.


Individuals as well as our social agencies are caught in the same problem. 

What ideals are true and good, and provide a sure basis for directing my life? we ask. 

The so called ‘information explosion’ has the effect that

there are an almost endless number of so called styles of life conceivable:

Which ideals are true?

and once I know the truth, how do I make that ideal the reality of my life? 

This is the expressed or unexpressed question constantly before every pastor.

 
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Book of Common Prayer

Daily Office Lectionary

Appointed for the Week of 

The Second Sunday After Trinity

(In the Octave of Saint John the Baptist)

Holy Scripture Readings for Morning and Evening Prayer
as appointed by the 1962 Canadian Book of Common Prayer (BCP).