The Lessons Appointed for Use
on the Feast of

William Tyndale

Priest, 1536

October 6

James 1:21-25
John 12:44-50
Psalm 1 or
Psalm 15

Preface of the Epiphany

The Collect

Almighty God, you planted in the heart of your servant William Tyndale a consuming passion to bring the Scriptures to people in their native tongue, and endowed him with the gift of powerful and graceful expression and with strength to persevere against all obstacles: Reveal to us your saving Word, as we read and study the Scriptures, and hear them calling us to repentance and life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


James 1:21-25

Rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls.

But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act-- they will be blessed in their doing.

The Psalm

Psalm 1 Page 585, BCP

Beatus vir qui non abiit

1
Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked, *
nor lingered in the way of sinners,
nor sat in the seats of the scornful!

2
Their delight is in the law of the LORD, *
and they meditate on his law day and night.

3
They are like trees planted by streams of water,
bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither; *
everything they do shall prosper.

4
It is not so with the wicked; *
they are like chaff which the wind blows away.

5
Therefore the wicked shall not stand upright when judgment comes, *
nor the sinner in the council of the righteous.

6
For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, *
but the way of the wicked is doomed.

or

Psalm 15 Page 599, BCP

Domine, quis habitabit?

1
LORD, who may dwell in your tabernacle? *
who may abide upon your holy hill?

2
Whoever leads a blameless life and does what is right, *
who speaks the truth from his heart.

3
There is no guile upon his tongue;
he does no evil to his friend; *
he does not heap contempt upon his neighbor.

4
In his sight the wicked is rejected, *
but he honors those who fear the LORD.

5
He has sworn to do no wrong *
and does not take back his word.

6
He does not give his money in hope of gain, *
nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.

7
Whoever does these things *
shall never be overthrown.

John 12:44-50

Then Jesus cried aloud: "Whoever believes in me believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness. I do not judge anyone who hears my words and does not keep them, for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. The one who rejects me and does not receive my word has a judge; on the last day the word that I have spoken will serve as judge, for I have not spoken on my own, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment about what to say and what to speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I speak, therefore, I speak just as the Father has told me."



Optional parts of the readings are set off in square brackets.

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA, and used by permission.

The Collects, Psalms and Canticles are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.


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