The Lessons Appointed for Use
on the Feast of
Priest and Friar, 1274
Psalm 37:3-6,32-33 or
The Preface of Trinity Sunday
Almighty God, you have enriched your Church with the singular learning and holiness of your servant Thomas Aquinas: Enlighten us more and more, we pray, by the disciplined thinking and teaching of Christian scholars, and deepen our devotion by the example of saintly lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
- Therefore I prayed, and understanding was given me;
- I called on God, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.
- I preferred her to scepters and thrones,
- and I accounted wealth as nothing in comparison with her.
- Neither did I liken to her any priceless gem,
- because all gold is but a little sand in her sight,
- and silver will be accounted as clay before her.
- I loved her more than health and beauty,
- and I chose to have her rather than light,
- because her radiance never ceases.
- All good things came to me along with her,
- and in her hands uncounted wealth.
- I rejoiced in them all, because wisdom leads them;
- but I did not know that she was their mother.
- I learned without guile and I impart without grudging;
- I do not hide her wealth,
- for it is an unfailing treasure for mortals;
- those who get it obtain friendship with God,
- commended for the gifts that come from instruction.
Psalm 37:3-6,32-33 Page 633, BCP
- Put your trust in the LORD and do good; *
dwell in the land and feed on its riches.
- Take delight in the LORD, *
and he shall give you your heart's desire.
- Commit your way to the LORD and put your trust in him, *
and he will bring it to pass.
- He will make your righteousness as clear as the light *
and your just dealing as the noonday.
- The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, *
and their tongue speaks what is right.
- The law of their God is in their heart, *
and their footsteps shall not falter.
Psalm 119:97-104 Page 771, BCP
- Oh, how I love your law! *
all the day long it is in my mind.
- Your commandment has made me wiser than my enemies, *
and it is always with me.
- I have more understanding than all my teachers, *
for your decrees are my study.
- I am wiser than the elders, *
because I observe your commandments.
- I restrain my feet from every evil way, *
that I may keep your word.
- I do not shrink from your judgments, *
because you yourself have taught me.
- How sweet are your words to my taste! *
they are sweeter than honey to my mouth.
- Through your commandments I gain understanding; *
therefore I hate every lying way.
Jesus told his disciples, "The kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
"Have you understood all this?" They answered, "Yes." And he said to them, "Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old."
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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