Richard Meux Benson, Priest, 1915 and Charles Gore, Bishop, 1932

Richard Meux Benson
Monday, January 14, 2019Tuesday, January 14, 2020Thursday, January 14, 2021Friday, January 14, 2022
The Collect: 

Rite I:
Gracious God, who didst kindle in thy servants Richard Meux Benson and Charles Gore the grace to lead a revival of monastic life: grant us also the resolve to serve thee faithfully in contemplation and prayer, ministering to the world that thou hast made, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Rite II:
Gracious God, who kindled in your servants Richard Meux Benson and Charles Gore the grace to lead a revival of monastic life: grant us also the resolve to serve you faithfully in contemplation and prayer, ministering to the world that you have made, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

First Lesson: 
1 Kings 19:9-12

9At that place he came to a cave, and spent the night there.

Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’ 10He answered, ‘I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.’

11 He said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’ Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but theLord was not in the earthquake; 12and after the earthquake a fire, but theLord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence.

Psalm: 
Psalm 27:5-11

5 One thing have I asked of the LORD;
  one thing I seek; *
       that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days
                            of my life;
6 To behold the fair beauty of the LORD *
       and to seek him in his temple.
7 For in the day of trouble he shall keep me safe
                           in his shelter; *
       he shall hide me in the secrecy of his dwelling
       and set me high upon a rock.
8 Even now he lifts up my head *
       above my enemies round about me.
9 Therefore I will offer in his dwelling an oblation
  with sounds of great gladness; *
       I will sing and make music to the LORD.
10 Hearken to my voice, O LORD, when I call; *
       have mercy on me and answer me.
11 You speak in my heart and say, "Seek my face." *
       Your face, LORD, will I seek.

Gospel: 
John 17:6-11

6 ‘I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; 8for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. 10All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. 11And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.

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.