The Lessons Appointed for Use
on the Feast of
Isaiah 61:1-4 or
Psalm 137:1-6 or
The Preface of a Saint (1)
Set us free, heavenly Father, from every bond of prejudice and fear; that, honoring the steadfast courage of your servant Absalom Jones, we may show forth in our lives the reconciling love and true freedom of the children of God, which you have given us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
- The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
- because the LORD has anointed me;
- he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,
- to bind up the brokenhearted,
- to proclaim liberty to the captives,
- and release to the prisoners;
- to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor,
- and the day of vengeance of our God;
- to comfort all who mourn;
- to provide for those who mourn in Zion--
- to give them a garland instead of ashes,
- the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
- the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit.
- They will be called oaks of righteousness,
- the planting of the LORD, to display his glory.
- They shall build up the ancient ruins,
- they shall raise up the former devastations;
- they shall repair the ruined cities,
- the devastations of many generations.
- Thus says God, the LORD,
- who created the heavens and stretched them out,
- who spread out the earth and what comes from it,
- who gives breath to the people upon it
- and spirit to those who walk in it:
- I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness,
- I have taken you by the hand and kept you;
- I have given you as a covenant to the people,
- a light to the nations,
- to open the eyes that are blind,
- to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
- from the prison those who sit in darkness.
- I am the LORD, that is my name;
- my glory I give to no other,
- nor my praise to idols.
- See, the former things have come to pass,
- and new things I now declare;
- before they spring forth,
- I tell you of them.
Psalm 137:1-6 Page 792, BCP
- By the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept, *
when we remembered you, O Zion.
- As for our harps, we hung them up *
on the trees in the midst of that land.
- For those who led us away captive asked us for a song,
and our oppressors called for mirth: *
"Sing us one of the songs of Zion."
- How shall we sing the LORD'S song *
upon an alien soil.
- If I forget you, O Jerusalem, *
let my right hand forget its skill.
- Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth
if I do not remember you, *
if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy.
Psalm 126 Page 782, BCP
- When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, *
then were we like those who dream.
- Then was our mouth filled with laughter, *
and our tongue with shouts of joy.
- Then they said among the nations, *
"The LORD has done great things for them."
- The LORD has done great things for us, *
and we are glad indeed.
- Restore our fortunes, O LORD, *
like the watercourses of the Negev.
- Those who sowed with tears *
will reap with songs of joy.
- Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, *
will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.
Jesus said, "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father."
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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