Catherine of Genoa, Mystic and Nurse, 1510

Tuesday, September 15, 2020Wednesday, September 15, 2021Thursday, September 15, 2022
The Collect: 

Rite I:
Loving God, grant to thy church the grace of knowing the depths of thy love, that like thy servant Catherine of Genoa we might give ourselves in loving service to others, knowing that we have been perfectly loved by thee; and bring us at last to that perfect vision of thy glory to which thou hast called all of thy children. Through Jesus Christ, our only mediator and advocate, Amen.

Rite II:
Loving God, give to your church the grace of knowing the depths of your love, that like your servant Catherine of Genoa we might give ourselves in loving service to others, knowing that we have been perfectly loved by you; and bring us at last to that perfect vision of your glory to which you have called all of your children. Through Jesus Christ, our only mediator and advocate, Amen.

First Lesson: 
Zephaniah 3:14–17

14     Sing aloud, O daughter Zion;
             shout, O Israel!
         Rejoice and exult with all your heart,
             O daughter Jerusalem!
15     The Lord has taken away the judgements against you,
             he has turned away your enemies.
         The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst;
             you shall fear disaster no more.
16      On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:
         Do not fear, O Zion;
             do not let your hands grow weak.
17     The Lord, your God, is in your midst,
             a warrior who gives victory;
         he will rejoice over you with gladness,
             he will renew you in his love;
         he will exult over you with loud singing

Psalm: 
Psalm 86:3–12

3 Be merciful to me, O Lord, for you are my God; *
       I call upon you all the day long.
4 Gladden the soul of your servant, *
       for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
5 For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, *
       and great is your love toward all who call upon you.
6 Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer, *
       and attend to the voice of my supplications.
7 In the time of my trouble I will call upon you, *
       for you will answer me.
8 Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord, *
       nor anything like your works.
9 All nations you have made will come and
                               worship you, O Lord, *
        and glorify your Name.
10 For you are great;
     you do wondrous things; *
       and you alone are God.
11 Teach me your way, O Lord,
     and I will walk in your truth; *
       knit my heart to you that I may fear your Name.
12 I will thank you, O Lord my God, with all my heart, *
       and glorify your Name for evermore.

Gospel: 
John 15:5–17

5 I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. 6 Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples. 9 As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.

12 ‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. 16 You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. 17 I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.

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.