The Lessons Appointed for Use
on the Feast of
with Henry Winter Syle
| August 27
Psalm 19:1-6 or
Preface of Pentecost
O Loving God, whose will it is that everyone should come to you and be saved: We bless your holy Name for your servants Thomas Gallaudet and Henry Winter Syle whose labors with and for those who are deaf we commemorate today, and we pray that you will continually move your Church to respond in love to the needs of all people; through Jesus Christ, who opened the ears of the deaf, and who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
- Strengthen the weak hands,
- and make firm the feeble knees.
- Say to those who are of a fearful heart,
- "Be strong, do not fear!
- Here is your God.
- He will come with vengeance,
- with terrible recompense.
- He will come and save you."
- Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
- and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
- then the lame shall leap like a deer,
- and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy.
Psalm 19:1-6 Page 606, BCP
- The heavens declare the glory of God, *
and the firmament shows his handiwork.
- One day tells its tale to another, *
and one night imparts knowledge to another.
- Although they have no words or language, *
and their voices are not heard,
- Their sound has gone out into all lands, *
and their message to the ends of the world.
- In the deep has he set a pavilion for the sun; *
it comes forth like a bridegroom out of his chamber;
it rejoices like a champion to run its course.
- It goes forth from the uttermost edge of the heavens
and runs about to the end of it again; *
nothing is hidden from its burning heat.
Psalm 96:1-7 Page 725, BCP
- Sing to the LORD a new song; *
sing to the LORD, all the whole earth.
- Sing to the LORD and bless his Name; *
proclaim the good news of his salvation from day to day.
- Declare his glory among the nations *
and his wonders among all peoples.
- For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; *
he is more to be feared than all gods.
- As for all the gods of the nations, they are but idols; *
but it is the LORD who made the heavens.
- Oh, the majesty and magnificence of his presence! *
Oh, the power and the splendor of his sanctuary!
- Ascribe to the LORD, you families of the peoples; *
ascribe to the LORD honor and power.
They brought to Jesus a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, "Ephphatha," that is, "Be opened." And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. They were astounded beyond measure, saying, "He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak."
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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