or [Common of a Monastic or Professed Religious] [For the Unity of the Church] [For the Mission of the Church Form I Form II]

Preface of a Saint (2)

The Collect

Almighty God, whose servant Dominic grew in knowledge of your truth and formed an order of preachers to proclaim the good news of Christ: Give to all your people a hunger for your Word and an urgent longing to share the Gospel, that the whole world may come to know you as you are revealed in your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Old Testament

2 Samuel 22:22–29

David said, "I have kept the ways of the Lord,
and have not wickedly departed from my God.

For all his ordinances were before me,
and from his statutes I did not turn aside.

I was blameless before him,
and I kept myself from guilt.

Therefore the Lord has recompensed me according to my righteousness,
according to my cleanness in his sight.

With the loyal you show yourself loyal;
with the blameless you show yourself blameless;

with the pure you show yourself pure,
and with the crooked you show yourself perverse.

You deliver a humble people,
but your eyes are upon the haughty to bring them down.

Indeed, you are my lamp, O Lord,
the Lord lightens my darkness.

The Response

Psalm 112:4–9

Beatus vir

4 Light shines in the darkness for the upright; *
the righteous are merciful and full of compassion.

5 It is good for them to be generous in lending *
and to manage their affairs with justice.

6 For they will never be shaken; *
the righteous will be kept in everlasting remembrance.

7 They will not be afraid of any evil rumors; *
their heart is right;
they put their trust in the Lord.

8 Their heart is established and will not shrink, *
until they see their desire upon their enemies.

9 They have given freely to the poor, *
and their righteousness stands fast for ever;
they will hold up their head with honor.

The Epistle

Romans 10:13–17

The scripture says, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved."

But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" But not all have obeyed the good news; for Isaiah says, "Lord, who has believed our message?" So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.

The Gospel

John 7:16–18

Then Jesus answered the Jews, “My teaching is not mine but his who sent me. Anyone who resolves to do the will of God will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own. Those who speak on their own seek their own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and there is nothing false in him.”

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