Catherine of Siena, Mystic and Prophetic Witness, 1380

Catherine of Siena Episcopal Church Lectionary
Wednesday, April 29, 2020Thursday, April 29, 2021
The Collect: 

Rite I:
Kindle the flame of holy love in our hearts, O God, that we being strengthened by the example of your servant Catherine of Siena, may dedicate ourselves to the service of the poor and the sick, and to the peace and unity of thy church. Grant that with her, we also may share in the mystery of Christ’s death, and rejoice in the revelation of his glory; who lives and reigns with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Rite II:
Kindle the flame of holy love in our hearts, O God, that we being strengthened by the example of your servant Catherine of Siena, may dedicate ourselves to the service of the poor and the sick, and to the peace and unity of your church. Grant that with her, we also may share in the mystery of Christ’s death, and rejoice in the revelation of his glory; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Lesson: 
1 John 1:5-2:2

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. 6If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; 7but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

1 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; 2and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

Psalm: 
Psalm 36

1 There is a voice of rebellion deep in the heart of the wicked; *
       there is no fear of God before his eyes.
2 He flatters himself in his own eyes *
       that his hateful sin will not be found out.
3 The words of his mouth are wicked and deceitful, *
       he has left off acting wisely and doing good.
4 He thinks up wickedness upon his bed
   and has set himself in no good way; *
       he does not abhor that which is evil.

5 Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, *
       and your faithfulness to the clouds.
6 Your righteousness is like the strong mountains,
  your justice like the great deep; *
       you save both man and beast, O Lord.
7 How priceless is your love, O God! *
       your people take refuge under the
       shadow of your wings.
8 They feast upon the abundance of your house; *
       you give them drink from the river of your delights.
9 For with you is the well of life, *
       and in your light we see light.
10 Continue your loving-kindness to those who know you, *
       and your favor to those who are true of heart.
11 Let not the foot of the proud come near me, *
       nor the hand of the wicked push me aside.
12 See how they are fallen, those who work wickedness! *
       they are cast down and shall not be able to rise.

Gospel: 
Luke 12:22-31

22 He said to his disciples, ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. 23For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25 And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? 26 If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 28 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying. 30For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31Instead, strive for his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

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.