Margaret of Scotland, Queen, 1093

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The Collect: 

Rite I:
O God, who didst call thy servant Margaret to an earthly throne that she might advance thy heavenly kingdom, and gave her zeal for thy Church and love for thy people: Mercifully grant that we also may be fruitful in good works and attain to the glorious crown of thy saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Rite II:
O God, you called your servant Margaret to an earthly throne that she might advance your heavenly kingdom, and gave her zeal for your Church and love for your people: Mercifully grant that we also may be fruitful in good works, and attain to the glorious crown of your saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

First Lesson: 
Proverbs 31:10–20

10     A capable wife who can find?
           She is far more precious than jewels.
11     The heart of her husband trusts in her,
           and he will have no lack of gain.
12     She does him good, and not harm,
           all the days of her life.
13     She seeks wool and flax,
           and works with willing hands.
14     She is like the ships of the merchant,
           she brings her food from far away.
15     She rises while it is still night
           and provides food for her household
           and tasks for her servant-girls.
16     She considers a field and buys it;
           with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17     She girds herself with strength,
           and makes her arms strong.
18     She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
           Her lamp does not go out at night.
19     She puts her hands to the distaff,
           and her hands hold the spindle.
20     She opens her hand to the poor,
           and reaches out her hands to the needy.

Psalm: 
Psalm 146:4–9

4 Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help! *
       whose hope is in the Lord their God;
5 Who made heaven and earth, the seas, and all that is in them; *
       who keeps his promise for ever;
6 Who gives justice to those who are oppressed, *
       and food to those who hunger.
7 The Lord sets the prisoners free;
  the Lord opens the eyes of the blind; *
       the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
8 The Lord loves the righteous;
  the Lord cares for the stranger; *
       he sustains the orphan and widow,
       but frustrates the way of the wicked.
9 The Lord shall reign for ever, *
       your God, O Zion, throughout all generations.
       Hallelujah!

Gospel: 
Matthew 13:44–46

44 ‘The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

45 ‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; 46on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.

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.