The Lessons Appointed for Use
on the Feast of
Bishop of Durham, 1752
Psalm 119:89-96 or
Preface of a Saint (1)
O God, by your Holy Spirit you give to some the word of wisdom, to others the word of knowledge, and to others the word of faith; We praise your Name for the gifts of grace manifested in your servant Joseph Butler, and we pray that your Church may never be destitute of such gifts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, 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 119:89-96 Page 770, BCP
In aeternum, Domine
- O LORD, your word is everlasting; *
it stands firm in the heavens.
- Your faithfulness remains from one generation to another; *
you established the earth, and it abides.
- By your decree these continue to this day, *
for all things are your servants.
- If my delight had not been in your law, *
I should have perished in my affliction.
- I will never forget your commandments, *
because by them you give me life.
- I am yours; oh, that you would save me! *
for I study your commandments.
- Though the wicked lie in wait for me to destroy me, *
I will apply my mind to your decrees.
- I see that all things come to an end, *
but your commandment has no bounds.
Psalm 1 Page 585, BCP
Beatus vir qui non abiit
- Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked, *
nor lingered in the way of sinners,
nor sat in the seats of the scornful!
- Their delight is in the law of the LORD, *
and they meditate on his law day and night.
- They are like trees planted by streams of water,
bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither; *
everything they do shall prosper.
- It is not so with the wicked; *
they are like chaff which the wind blows away.
- Therefore the wicked shall not stand upright when judgment comes, *
nor the sinner in the council of the righteous.
- For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, *
but the way of the wicked is doomed.
A lawyer stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he said, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the law? What do you read there?" He answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself." And he said to him, "You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live."
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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