or [Common of a Martyr] [Of the Holy Cross]

Preface of a Saint (1)

The Collect

Loving God, for the salvation of all you gave Jesus Christ as light to a world in darkness: Illumine us, with your daughter Lucy, with the light of Christ, that by the merits of his passion we may be led to eternal life; through the same Jesus Christ, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Old Testament

Song of Solomon 6:1–9

Where has your beloved gone,
O fairest among women?

Which way has your beloved turned,
that we may seek him with you?

My beloved has gone down to his garden,
to the beds of spices,

to pasture his flock in the gardens,
and to gather lilies.

I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine;
he pastures his flock among the lilies.

You are beautiful as Tirzah, my love,
comely as Jerusalem,
terrible as an army with banners.

Turn away your eyes from me,
for they overwhelm me!

Your hair is like a flock of goats,
moving down the slopes of Gilead.

Your teeth are like a flock of ewes,
that have come up from the washing;

all of them bear twins,
and not one among them is bereaved.

Your cheeks are like halves of a pomegranate
behind your veil.

There are sixty queens and eighty concubines,
and maidens without number.

My dove, my perfect one, is the only one,
the darling of her mother,
flawless to her that bore her.

The maidens saw her and called her happy;
the queens and concubines also, and they praised her.

The Response

Psalm 131

Domine, non est

1 O Lord, I am not proud; *
I have no haughty looks.

2 I do not occupy myself with great matters, *
or with things that are too hard for me.

3 But I still my soul and make it quiet,
like a child upon its mother's breast; *
my soul is quieted within me.

4 O Israel, wait upon the Lord, *
from this time forth for evermore.

The Epistle

Revelation 19:5–8

And from the throne came a voice saying,

“Praise our God,
all you his servants,

and all who fear him,
small and great.”

Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty thunderpeals, crying out,


For the Lord our God
the Almighty reigns.

Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,

for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his bride has made herself ready;

to her it has been granted to be clothed
with fine linen, bright and pure”—

for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.

The Gospel

John 1:9–13

The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

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