The Lessons Appointed for Use
on the Feast of
Abbess at Assisi, 1253
Song of Solomon 2:10-13
Psalm 63:1-8 or
The Preface of Saint (2)
O God, whose blessed Son became poor that we through his poverty might be rich: Deliver us from an inordinate love of this world, that we, inspired by the devotion of your servant Clare, may serve you with singleness of heart, and attain to the riches of the age to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Song of Solomon 2:10-13
- My beloved speaks and says to me:
- "Arise, my love, my fair one,
- and come away;
- for now the winter is past,
- the rain is over and gone.
- The flowers appear on the earth;
- the time of singing has come,
- and the voice of the turtledove
- is heard in our land.
- The fig tree puts forth its figs,
- and the vines are in blossom;
- they give forth fragrance.
- Arise, my love, my fair one,
- and come away."
Psalm 63:1-8 Page 670, BCP
Deus, Deus meus
- O God, you are my God; eagerly I seek you; *
my soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you,
as in a barren and dry land where there is no water.
- Therefore I have gazed upon you in your holy place, *
that I might behold your power and your glory.
- For your loving-kindness is better than life itself; *
my lips shall give you praise.
- So will I bless you as long as I live *
and lift up my hands in your Name.
- My soul is content, as with marrow and fatness, *
and my mouth praises you with joyful lips,
- When I remember you upon my bed, *
and meditate on you in the night watches.
- For you have been my helper, *
and under the shadow of your wings I will rejoice.
- My soul clings to you; *
your right hand holds me fast.
Psalm 34:1-8 Page 627, BCP
- I will bless the LORD at all times; *
his praise shall ever be in my mouth.
- I will glory in the LORD; *
let the humble hear and rejoice.
- Proclaim with me the greatness of the LORD; *
let us exalt his Name together.
- I sought the LORD, and he answered me *
and delivered me out of all my terror.
- Look upon him and be radiant, *
and let not your faces be ashamed.
- I called in my affliction and the LORD heard me *
and saved me from all my troubles.
- The angel of the LORD encompasses those who fear him, *
and he will deliver them.
- Taste and see that the LORD is good; *
happy are they who trust in him!
Jesus said to his disciples, "Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
"Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them."
Optional parts of the readings are set off in square brackets.
The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA, and used by permission.
The Collects, Psalms and Canticles are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.
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