Francis de Sales, Bishop, and Jane de Chantal, Monastic, Workers of Charity 1622 and 1641

Thursday, December 12, 2019Saturday, December 12, 2020Monday, December 12, 2022
The Collect: 

Rite I:
Most Gracious God, who hast bidden us to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly before thee; Teach us, like thy servants Francis and Jane, to see and to serve Christ in all people; that we may know him to be the giver of all good things, through the same, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Rite II:
Most Gracious God, who has bidden us to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly before you; Teach us, like your servants Francis and Jane, to see and to serve Christ in all people; that we may know him to be the giver of all good things, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

First Lesson: 
Micah 6:6–8

6 ‘With what shall I come before the Lord,
       and bow myself before God on high?
   Shall I come before him with burnt-offerings,
       with calves a year old?
7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
       with tens of thousands of rivers of oil?
   Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
       the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?’
8 He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
       and what does the Lord require of you
   but to do justice, and to love kindness,
       and to walk humbly with your God?

Psalm: 
Psalm 34

1 I will bless the Lord at all times; *
       his praise shall ever be in my mouth.
2 I will glory in the Lord; *
       let the humble hear and rejoice.
3 Proclaim with me the greatness of the Lord;
       let us exalt his Name together.
4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me *
       and delivered me out of all my terror.
5 Look upon him and be radiant, *
       and let not your faces be ashamed.
6 I called in my affliction and the Lord heard me *
       and saved me from all my troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encompasses those who fear him, *
       and he will deliver them.
8 Taste and see that the Lord is good; *
       happy are they who trust in him!
9 Fear the Lord, you that are his saints, *
       for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger, *
       but those who seek the Lord lack nothing that is good.
11 Come, children, and listen to me; *
       I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 Who among you loves life *
       and desires long life to enjoy prosperity?
13 Keep your tongue from evil-speaking *
       and your lips from lying words.
14 Turn from evil and do good; *
       seek peace and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, *
       and his ears are open to their cry.
16 The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, *
       to root out the remembrance of them from the earth.
17 The righteous cry, and the Lord hears them *
       and delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted *
       and will save those whose spirits are crushed.
19 Many are the troubles of the righteous, *
       but the Lord will deliver him out of them all.
20 He will keep safe all his bones; *
       not one of them shall be broken.
21 Evil shall slay the wicked, *
       and those who hate the righteous will be punished.
22 The Lord ransoms the life of his servants, *
       and none will be punished who trust in him.

Gospel: 
John 17:1–26

1 After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, 2 since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4 I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. 5 So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.

6 ‘I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; 8 for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9 I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. 10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. 11 And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves.14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15 I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one.16 They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.

20 ‘I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. 24 Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.

25 ‘Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. 26 I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.’

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.