Frederick Denison Maurice, Priest, 1872

Frederick Denison Maurice
Monday, April 01, 2019Wednesday, April 01, 2020Friday, April 01, 2022
The Collect: 

Rite I:
Almighty God, who hast restored our human nature to heavenly glory through the perfect obedience of our Savior Jesus Christ: Enliven in thy Church, we beseech thee, the passion for justice and truth; that, like thy servant Frederick Denison Maurice, we may work and pray for the triumph of the kingdom of Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Rite II:
Almighty God, who has restored our human nature to heavenly glory through the perfect obedience of our Savior Jesus Christ: Enliven in your Church, we pray, the passion for justice and truth; that, like your servant Frederick Denison Maurice, we may work and pray for the triumph of the kingdom of Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Lesson: 
Ephesians 3:14-19

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. 16I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, 17and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. 18I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Psalm: 
Psalm 145

1 I will exalt you, O God my King, *
       and bless your Name for ever and ever.
2 Every day will I bless you *
       and praise your Name for ever and ever.
3 Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; *
       there is no end to his greatness.
4 One generation shall praise your works to another *
       and shall declare your power.
5 I will ponder the glorious splendor of your majesty *
       and all your marvelous works.
6 They shall speak of the might of your wondrous acts, *
       and I will tell of your greatness.
7 They shall publish the remembrance of your great goodness; *
       they shall sing of your righteous deeds.
8 The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, *
       slow to anger and of great kindness.
9 The Lord is loving to everyone *
       and his compassion is over all his works.
10 All your works praise you, O Lord, *
       and your faithful servants bless you.
11 They make known the glory of your kingdom *
       and speak of your power;
12 That the peoples may know of your power *
       and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom; *
       your dominion endures throughout all ages.
14 The Lord is faithful in all his words *
       and merciful in all his deeds.
15 The Lord upholds all those who fall; *
       he lifts up those who are bowed down.
16 The eyes of all wait upon you, O Lord, *
       and you give them their food in due season.
17 You open wide your hand *
       and satisfy the needs of every living creature.
18 The Lord is righteous in all his ways *
       and loving in all his works.
19 The Lord is near to those who call upon him, *
       to all who call upon him faithfully.
20 He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; *
       he hears their cry and helps them.
21 The Lord preserves all those who love him, *
       but he destroys all the wicked.
22 My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord; *
       let all flesh bless his holy Name for ever and ever.

Gospel: 
John 18:33-37

33 Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ 34Jesus answered, ‘Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?’ 35Pilate replied, ‘I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?’ 36Jesus answered, ‘My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.’ 37Pilate asked him, ‘So you are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.’

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.