The Lessons Appointed for Use on the
Sunday closest to October 19
Psalm 91 or 91:9-16
Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
- Surely he has borne our infirmities
- and carried our diseases;
- yet we accounted him stricken,
- struck down by God, and afflicted.
- But he was wounded for our transgressions,
- crushed for our iniquities;
- upon him was the punishment that made us whole,
- and by his bruises we are healed.
- All we like sheep have gone astray;
- we have all turned to our own way,
- and the LORD has laid on him
- the iniquity of us all.
- He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
- yet he did not open his mouth;
- like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
- and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
- so he did not open his mouth.
- By a perversion of justice he was taken away.
- Who could have imagined his future?
- For he was cut off from the land of the living,
- stricken for the transgression of my people.
- They made his grave with the wicked
- and his tomb with the rich,
- although he had done no violence,
- and there was no deceit in his mouth.
- Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him with pain.
- When you make his life an offering for sin,
- he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days;
- through him the will of the LORD shall prosper.
- Out of his anguish he shall see light;
- he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge.
- The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous,
- and he shall bear their iniquities.
- Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great,
- and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;
- because he poured out himself to death,
- and was numbered with the transgressors;
- yet he bore the sin of many,
- and made intercession for the transgressors.
Psalm 91 or 91:9-16 Page 719, 720, BCP
- He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, *
abides under the shadow of the Almighty.
- He shall say to the LORD,
"You are my refuge and my stronghold, *
my God in whom I put my trust."
- He shall deliver you from the snare of the hunter *
and from the deadly pestilence.
- He shall cover you with his pinions,
and you shall find refuge under his wings; *
his faithfulness shall be a shield and buckler.
- You shall not be afraid of any terror by night, *
nor of the arrow that flies by day;
- Of the plague that stalks in the darkness, *
nor of the sickness that lays waste at mid-day.
- A thousand shall fall at your side
and ten thousand at your right hand, *
but it shall not come near you.
- Your eyes have only to behold *
to see the reward of the wicked.
- Because you have made the LORD your refuge, *
and the Most High your habitation,
- There shall no evil happen to you, *
neither shall any plague come near your dwelling.
- For he shall give his angels charge over you, *
to keep you in all your ways.
- They shall bear you in their hands, *
lest you dash your foot against a stone.
- You shall tread upon the lion and adder; *
you shall trample the young lion and the serpent under your feet.
- Because he is bound to me in love,
therefore will I deliver him; *
I will protect him, because he knows my Name.
- He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; *
I am with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and bring him to honor.
- With long life will I satisfy him, *
and show him my salvation.
The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.
Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to Jesus and said to him, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you." And he said to them, "What is it you want me to do for you?" And they said to him, "Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory." But Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?" They replied, "We are able." Then Jesus said to them, "The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared."
When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. So Jesus called them and said to them, "You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many."
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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