Ephrem of Nisibis, Deacon and Poet, 373

Ephrem of Nisibis
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The Collect: 

Rite I:
Pour out upon us, O Lord, that same Spirit by which thy deacon Ephrem declared the mysteries of faith in sacred song, and so gladden our hearts that we, like him, might proclaim the riches of thy glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Rite II:
Pour out upon us, O Lord, that same Spirit by which your deacon Ephrem declared the mysteries of faith in sacred song, and so gladden our hearts that we, like him, might proclaim the riches of your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Lesson: 
Proverbs 3:1-7

1 My child, do not forget my teaching,
   but let your heart keep my commandments; 
2 for length of days and years of life
   and abundant welfare they will give you. 

3 Do not let loyalty and faithfulness forsake you;
   bind them round your neck,
   write them on the tablet of your heart. 
4 So you will find favour and good repute
   in the sight of God and of people. 

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
   and do not rely on your own insight. 
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
   and he will make straight your paths. 
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
   fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.

Psalm: 
Psalm 33:1–11

1 Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous; *
       it is good for the just to sing praises.
2 Praise the Lord with the harp; *
       play to him upon the psaltery and lyre.
3 Sing for him a new song; *
       sound a fanfare with all your skill upon the trumpet.
4 For the word of the Lord is right, *
       and all his works are sure.
5 He loves righteousness and justice; *
       the loving-kindness of the Lord fills the whole earth.
6 By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, *
       by the breath of his mouth all the heavenly hosts.
7 He gathers up the waters of the ocean as in a water-skin *
       and stores up the depths of the sea.
8 Let all the earth fear the Lord; *
       let all who dwell in the world stand in awe of him.
9 For he spoke, and it came to pass; *
       he commanded, and it stood fast.
10 The Lord brings the will of the nations to naught; *
       he thwarts the designs of the peoples.
11 But the Lord’s will stands fast for ever, *
       and the designs of his heart from age to age.

Gospel: 
Matthew 13:47–52

47 ‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; 48when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. 49So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

51 ‘Have you understood all this?’ They answered, ‘Yes.’ 52And he said to them, ‘Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.’

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.