Mechthild of Madgeburg, Mystic, c.1282

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The Collect: 

Rite I:
Draw near to the souls of thy people, O God, that like thy servant Mechthild we may yearn to know thee ever more, just as we are known intimately by thee, who knowest each one of us better than we can know ourselves. All this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God now and for ever. Amen.

Rite II:
Draw near to the souls of your people, O God, that like your servant Mechthild we may yearn to know you ever more, just as we are known intimately by you, who knows each one of us better than we can know ourselves. All this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and for ever. Amen.

First Lesson: 
Song of Songs 1:1–4

1 The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s.

2    Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!
     For your love is better than wine,
3        your anointing oils are fragrant,
     your name is perfume poured out;
         therefore the maidens love you.
4    Draw me after you, let us make haste.
         The king has brought me into his chambers.
     We will exult and rejoice in you;
         we will extol your love more than wine;
         rightly do they love you.

Psalm: 
Psalm 119:41–48

41 Let your loving-kindness come to me, O Lord, *
       and your salvation, according to your promise.
42 Then shall I have a word for those who taunt me, *
       because I trust in your words.
43 Do not take the word of truth out of my mouth, *
       for my hope is in your judgments.
44 I shall continue to keep your law; *
       I shall keep it for ever and ever.
45 I will walk at liberty, *
       because I study your commandments.
46 I will tell of your decrees before kings *
       and will not be ashamed.
47 I delight in your commandments, *
       which I have always loved.
48 I will lift up my hands to your commandments, *
       and I will meditate on your statutes.

Gospel: 
Luke 10:38–42

38 Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. 40 But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.’ 41 But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; 42 there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.’

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.