Dorothy Sayers, Apologist and Spiritual Writer, 1957

Tuesday, December 17, 2019Thursday, December 17, 2020Friday, December 17, 2021Saturday, December 17, 2022
The Collect: 

Rite I:
Incarnate God, who didst grant the grace of eloquence unto thy servant Dorothy to defend thy truth unto a distressed church, and to proclaim the importance of Christian principles for the world; grant unto us thy same grace that, aided by her prayers and example, we too may have the passionate conviction to teach right doctrine and to teach doctrine rightly; We ask this in thy name, who livest and reignest with the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Rite II:
Incarnate God, who gave your servant Dorothy the grace of eloquence to defend your truth to a distressed church, and to proclaim the importance of Christian principles for the world; may we too, assisted by her prayers and example, be given the same grace of passionate conviction to teach right doctrine and to teach doctrine rightly; We ask this in your name, who lives and reigns with the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

First Lesson: 
Wisdom 7:7–14

7  Therefore I prayed, and understanding was given me;
    I called on God, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.
8  I preferred her to sceptres and thrones,
    and I accounted wealth as nothing in comparison with her.
9  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.
10 I loved her more than health and beauty,
    and I chose to have her rather than light,
    because her radiance never ceases.
11 All good things came to me along with her,
    and in her hands uncounted wealth.
12 I rejoiced in them all, because wisdom leads them;
    but I did not know that she was their mother.
13 I learned without guile and I impart without grudging;
    I do not hide her wealth,
14 for it is an unfailing treasure for mortals;
    those who get it obtain friendship with God,
    commended for the gifts that come from instruction.

Psalm: 
Psalm 19

1 The heavens declare the glory of God, *
       and the firmament shows his handiwork.
2 One day tells its tale to another, *
       and one night imparts knowledge to another.
3 Although they have no words or language, *
       and their voices are not heard,
4 Their sound has gone out into all lands, *
       and their message to the ends of the world.
5 In the deep has he set a pavilion for the sun; *
       it comes forth like a bridegroom out of his chamber;
       it rejoices like a champion to run its course.
6 It goes forth from the uttermost edge of the heavens
   and runs about to the end of it again; *
       nothing is hidden from its burning heat.
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.

Gospel: 
John 21:1–25

1 After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. 2 Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. 3 Simon Peter said to them, ‘I am going fishing.’ They said to him, ‘We will go with you.’ They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

4 Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Jesus said to them, ‘Children, you have no fish, have you?’ They answered him, ‘No.’ 6 He said to them, ‘Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.’ So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. 7 That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord!’ When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the lake. 8 But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off.

9 When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, ‘Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.’ 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’ Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ because they knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my lambs.’ 16 A second time he said to him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Tend my sheep.’ 17 He said to him the third time, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ And he said to him, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep. 18 Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.’ 19 (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, ‘Follow me.’

20 Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them; he was the one who had reclined next to Jesus at the supper and had said, ‘Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?’ 21 When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, ‘Lord, what about him?’ 22 Jesus said to him, ‘If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!’ 23 So the rumour spread in the community[c] that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, ‘If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?’

24 This is the disciple who is testifying to these things and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true. 25 But there are also many other things that Jesus did; if every one of them were written down, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.

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.