Frederick Douglass, Social Reformer, 1895

Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglas
Wednesday, February 20, 2019Thursday, February 20, 2020Saturday, February 20, 2021
The Collect: 

Rite I:
Almighty God, we bless thy Name for the witness of Frederick Douglass, whose impassioned and reasonable speech moved the hearts of people to a deeper obedience to Christ: Strengthen us also to speak on behalf of those in captivity and tribulation, continuing in the way of Jesus Christ our Liberator; who with thee and the Holy Ghost dwelleth in glory everlasting. Amen.

Rite II:
Almighty God, we bless your Name for the witness of Frederick Douglass, whose impassioned and reasonable speech moved the hearts of people to a deeper obedience to Christ: Strengthen us also to speak on behalf of those in captivity and tribulation, continuing in the way of Jesus Christ our Liberator; who with you and the Holy Spirit dwells in glory everlasting. Amen.

First Lesson: 
Isaiah 32:11-18

11 Tremble, you women who are at ease,
   shudder, you complacent ones;
strip, and make yourselves bare,
   and put sackcloth on your loins.
12 Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields,
   for the fruitful vine,
13 for the soil of my people
   growing up in thorns and briers;
yes, for all the joyous houses
   in the jubilant city.
14 For the palace will be forsaken,
   the populous city deserted;
the hill and the watch-tower
   will become dens for ever,
the joy of wild asses,
   a pasture for flocks;
15 until a spirit from on high is poured out on us,
   and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field,
   and the fruitful field is deemed a forest.
16 Then justice will dwell in the wilderness,
   and righteousness abide in the fruitful field.
17 The effect of righteousness will be peace,
   and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust for ever.
18 My people will abide in a peaceful habitation,
   in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting-places.

Psalm: 
Psalm 85:7-13

7 Show us your mercy, O LORD, *
       and grant us your salvation.
8 I will listen to what the LORD God is saying, *
       for he is speaking peace to his faithful people
       and to those who turn their hearts to him.
9 Truly, his salvation is very near to those who fear him, *
       that his glory may dwell in our land.
10 Mercy and truth have met together; *
       righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
11 Truth shall spring up from the earth, *
       and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
12 The LORD will indeed grant prosperity, *
       and our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness shall go before him, *
       and peace shall be a pathway for his feet.

Gospel: 
John 8:30-32

30As he was saying these things, many believed in him.

31 Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.’

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.