Agnes Tsao Kou Ying, 1856, Agatha Lin Zhao, 1858, and Lucy Yi Zhenmei, 1862, Catechists and Martyrs

Wednesday, February 19, 2020Friday, February 19, 2021Saturday, February 19, 2022
The Collect: 

Rite I:
Lord Jesus Christ, who willingly walked the way of the cross: Strengthen thy church through the witness of thy servants Agnes Tsao Kou Ying, Agatha Lin Zhao, and Lucy Yi Zhenmei to hold fast to the path of discipleship even unto death; for with the Father and Holy Ghost thou livest and reignest, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Rite II:
Lord Jesus Christ, who willingly walked the way of the cross: Strengthen your church through the witness of your servants Agnes Tsao Kou Ying, Agatha Lin Zhao, and Lucy Yi Zhenmei to hold fast to the path of discipleship even unto death; for with the Father and Holy Spirit you live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

First Lesson: 
Ephesians 3:13–19

13 I pray therefore that you may not lose heart over my sufferings for you; they are your glory.

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. 16 I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, 17 and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. 18 I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Psalm: 
Psalm 27

1 The Lord is my light and my salvation;
   whom then shall I fear? *
       the Lord is the strength of my life;
       of whom then shall I be afraid?
2 When evildoers came upon me to eat up my flesh, *
       it was they, my foes and my adversaries, who
                              stumbled and fell.
3 Though an army should encamp against me, *
       yet my heart shall not be afraid;
4 And though war should rise up against me, *
       yet will I put my trust in him.
5 One thing have I asked of the Lord;
   one thing I seek; *
       that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days
                              of my life;
6 To behold the fair beauty of the Lord *
       and to seek him in his temple.
7 For in the day of trouble he shall keep me safe
                              in his shelter; *
       he shall hide me in the secrecy of his dwelling
       and set me high upon a rock.
8 Even now he lifts up my head *
       above my enemies round about me.
9 Therefore I will offer in his dwelling an oblation
   with sounds of great gladness; *
       I will sing and make music to the Lord.
10 Hearken to my voice, O Lord, when I call; *
       have mercy on me and answer me.
11 You speak in my heart and say, “Seek my face.” *
       Your face, Lord, will I seek.
12 Hide not your face from me, *
       nor turn away your servant in displeasure.
13 You have been my helper;
    cast me not away; *
       do not forsake me, O God of my salvation.
14 Though my father and my mother forsake me, *
       the Lord will sustain me.
15 Show me your way, O Lord; *
       lead me on a level path, because of my enemies.
16 Deliver me not into the hand of my adversaries, *
       for false witnesses have risen up against me,
       and also those who speak malice.
17 What if I had not believed
    that I should see the goodness of the Lord *
        in the land of the living!
18 O tarry and await the Lord’s pleasure;
    be strong, and he shall comfort your heart; *
       wait patiently for the Lord.

Gospel: 
Matthew 25:1–13

1 ‘Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; 4 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5 As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. 6 But at midnight there was a shout, “Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.” 7 Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish said to the wise, “Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.” 9 But the wise replied, “No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.” 10 And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. 11 Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, “Lord, lord, open to us.” 12 But he replied, “Truly I tell you, I do not know you.” 13 Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

The Old Testament, New Testament and Gospels readings are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright 1989, 1995, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

The Collects, Psalms and Canticles are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.