Gregory of Nyssa, Bishop and Theologian, c. 394

Gregory of Nyssa
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The Collect: 

Rite I:
Almighty God, who hast revealed to thy Church thine eternal Being of glorious majesty and perfect love as one God in Trinity of Persons: Give us grace that, like thy bishop Gregory of Nyssa, we may continue steadfast in the confession of this faith, and constant in our worship of thee, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; who livest and reignest now and forever. Amen.

Rite II:
Almighty God, who has revealed to your Church your eternal Being of glorious majesty and perfect love as one God in Trinity of Persons: Give us grace that, like your bishop Gregory of Nyssa, we may continue steadfast in the confession of this faith, and constant in our worship of you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit; who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.

First Lesson: 
Wisdom 7:24-28

24 For wisdom is more mobile than any motion;
because of her pureness she pervades and penetrates all things. 
25 For she is a breath of the power of God,
and a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty;
therefore nothing defiled gains entrance into her. 
26 For she is a reflection of eternal light,
a spotless mirror of the working of God,
and an image of his goodness. 
27 Although she is but one, she can do all things,
and while remaining in herself, she renews all things;
in every generation she passes into holy souls
and makes them friends of God, and prophets; 
28 for God loves nothing so much as the person who lives with wisdom.

Psalm: 
Psalm 119:97–104

97 Oh, how I love your law! *
       all the day long it is in my mind.
98 Your commandment has made me wiser than my enemies, *
       and it is always with me.
99 I have more understanding than all my teachers, *
       for your decrees are my study.
100 I am wiser than the elders, *
       because I observe your commandments.
101 I restrain my feet from every evil way, *
       that I may keep your word.
102 I do not shrink from your judgments, *
       because you yourself have taught me.
103 How sweet are your words to my taste! *
       they are sweeter than honey to my mouth.
104 Through your commandments I gain understanding; *
       therefore I hate every lying way.

Gospel: 
John 14:23-26

23Jesus answered him, ‘Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.

25 ‘I have said these things to you while I am still with you. 26But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.

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.