Marcella of Rome, Monastic and Scholar, 410

Friday, January 31, 2020Monday, January 31, 2022
The Collect: 

Rite I:
O God, who satisfiest the longing soul and fillest the hungry with good things: Grant that we, like thy servant Marcella, may hunger and thirst after thee more than the vain pomp and glory of the world and delight in thy word more than in all manner of riches; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God world without end. Amen.

Rite II:
O God, who satisfies the longing soul and fills the hungry with good things: Grant that we, like your servant Marcella, may hunger and thirst after you more than the vain pomp and glory of the world and delight in your word more than all manner of riches. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and resigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

First Lesson: 
1 Kings 17:8–16

8 Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, 9 ‘Go now to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and live there; for I have commanded a widow there to feed you.’ 10 So he set out and went to Zarephath. When he came to the gate of the town, a widow was there gathering sticks; he called to her and said, ‘Bring me a little water in a vessel, so that I may drink.’ 11 As she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, ‘Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.’ 12 But she said, ‘As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of meal in a jar, and a little oil in a jug; I am now gathering a couple of sticks, so that I may go home and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.’ 13 Elijah said to her, ‘Do not be afraid; go and do as you have said; but first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterwards make something for yourself and your son. 14 For thus says the Lord the God of Israel: The jar of meal will not be emptied and the jug of oil will not fail until the day that the Lord sends rain on the earth.’ 15 She went and did as Elijah said, so that she as well as he and her household ate for many days. 16 The jar of meal was not emptied, neither did the jug of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by Elijah.

Psalm 124

1 If the Lord had not been on our side, *
       let Israel now say;
2 If the Lord had not been on our side, *
       when enemies rose up against us;
3 Then would they have swallowed us up alive *
       in their fierce anger toward us;
4 Then would the waters have overwhelmed us *
       and the torrent gone over us;
5 Then would the raging waters *
       have gone right over us.
6 Blessed be the Lord! *
       he has not given us over to be a prey for their teeth.
7 We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowler; *
       the snare is broken, and we have escaped.
8 Our help is in the Name of the Lord, *
       the maker of heaven and earth.

Mark 12:41–44

41 He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. 42 A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. 43 Then he called his disciples and said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. 44 For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.’

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.