Bakhita (Josephine Margaret Bakhita), Monastic, 1947

Saturday, February 08, 2020Monday, February 08, 2021Tuesday, February 08, 2022
The Collect: 

Rite I:
O God of Love, thou didst deliver servant Josephine Margaret Bakhita from the bondage of slavery to serve you in true freedom; by her example help us to see those enslaved among us, and work to release them from their chains. In your mercy, give to all survivors healing from their wounds and joy in their liberation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Rite II:
O God of Love, you delivered your servant Josephine Margaret Bakhita from the bondage of slavery to serve you in true freedom; by her example help us to see those enslaved among us, and work to release them from their chains. In your mercy, give to all survivors healing from their wounds and joy in their liberation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

First Lesson: 
Sirach 2:7–11

7 You who fear the Lord, wait for his mercy;
    do not stray, or else you may fall.
8 You who fear the Lord, trust in him,
    and your reward will not be lost.
9 You who fear the Lord, hope for good things,
    for lasting joy and mercy.
10 Consider the generations of old and see:
    has anyone trusted in the Lord and been disappointed?
Or has anyone persevered in the fear of the Lord and been forsaken?
    Or has anyone called upon him and been neglected?
11 For the Lord is compassionate and merciful;
    he forgives sins and saves in time of distress.

Psalm: 
Psalm 91

1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, *
       abides under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 He shall say to the Lord,
   “You are my refuge and my stronghold, *
       my God in whom I put my trust.”
3 He shall deliver you from the snare of the hunter *
       and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He shall cover you with his pinions,
   and you shall find refuge under his wings; *
       his faithfulness shall be a shield and buckler.
5 You shall not be afraid of any terror by night, *
       nor of the arrow that flies by day;
6 Of the plague that stalks in the darkness, *
       nor of the sickness that lays waste at mid-day.
7 A thousand shall fall at your side
   and ten thousand at your right hand, *
       but it shall not come near you.
8 Your eyes have only to behold *
       to see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord your refuge, *
       and the Most High your habitation,
10 There shall no evil happen to you, *
       neither shall any plague come near your dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over you, *
       to keep you in all your ways.
12 They shall bear you in their hands, *
       lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and adder; *
       you shall trample the young lion and the serpent
                                under your feet.
14 Because he is bound to me in love,
    therefore will I deliver him; *
       I will protect him, because he knows my Name.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; *
       I am with him in trouble;
       I will rescue him and bring him to honor.
16 With long life will I satisfy him, *
       and show him my salvation.

Gospel: 
Luke 6:27–36

27 ‘But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29 If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. 30 Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

32 ‘If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. 35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

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.