The Lessons Appointed for Use
on the Feast of

Gregory of Nazianzus

Bishop of Constantinople, 389

May 9

Wisdom 7:7-14
John 8:25-32
Psalm 19:7-11 (12-14) or
Psalm 37:3-6,32-33

Preface of Trinity Sunday

The Collect

Almighty God, you have revealed to your Church your eternal Being of glorious majesty and perfect love as one God in Trinity of Persons: Give us grace that, like your bishop Gregory of Nazianzus, we may continue steadfast in the confession of this faith, and constant in our worship of you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; for you live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.


Wisdom 7:7-14

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.

 

The Psalm

Psalm 19:7-11 (12-14) Page 607, BCP

Caeli enarrant

7
The law of the LORD is perfect
and revives the soul; *
the testimony of the LORD is sure
and gives wisdom to the innocent.

8
The statutes of the LORD are just
and rejoice the heart; *
the commandment of the LORD is clear
and gives light to the eyes.

9
The fear of the LORD is clean
and endures for ever; *
the judgments of the LORD are true
and righteous altogether.

10
More to be desired are they than gold,
more than much fine gold, *
sweeter far than honey,
than honey in the comb.

11
By them also is your servant enlightened, *
and in keeping them there is great reward.

12
Who can tell how often he offends? *
cleanse me from my secret faults.

13
Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins;
let them not get dominion over me; *
then shall I be whole and sound,
and innocent of a great offense.

14
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my
heart be acceptable in your sight, *
O LORD, my strength and my redeemer.

or

Psalm 37:3-6,32-33 Page 633, BCP

Noli aemulari

3
Put your trust in the LORD and do good; *
dwell in the land and feed on its riches.

4
Take delight in the LORD, *
and he shall give you your heart's desire.

5
Commit your way to the LORD and put your trust in him, *
and he will bring it to pass.

6
He will make your righteousness as clear as the light *
and your just dealing as the noonday.

32
The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, *
and their tongue speaks what is right.

33
The law of their God is in their heart, *
and their footsteps shall not falter.

John 8:25-32

The Pharisees said to Jesus, "Who are you?" Jesus said to them, "Why do I speak to you at all? I have much to say about you and much to condemn; but the one who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him." They did not understand that he was speaking to them about the Father. So Jesus said, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own, but I speak these things as the Father instructed me. And the one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him." As he was saying these things, many believed in him.

Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, "If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."


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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