4th Sunday after the Epiphany
January 31, 2016 A.D.
The Collect: O God, who knowest us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright: grant to us such strength and protection, as may support us in all dangers, and carry us through all temptations. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord: Who liveth and reigneth….
The Introit. (Adorate Deum) Ps. 97 Worship God, all ye Angels of his: Sion heard and rejoiced, and the daughters of Judah were glad. Ps. 97 The Lord is King, the earth may be glad thereof: yea, the multitude of the isles may be glad thereof.
The Epistle: Romans 13:1-7 (St. Paul reminds us that all power comes from God for the furthering of good and the hindering of evil. Rulers are to be a terror to the doers of evil, not to the doers of good works. Render unto all their due.)
Gradual & Alleluia. Ps 102. The heathen shall fear thy Name, O Lord: and all the kings of the earth thy majesty. When the Lord shall build up Sion, and when his glory shall appear. Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 97. The Lord is King, the earth may be glad thereof: yea, the multitude of the isles may be glad thereof. Alleluia.
The Gospel: St. Matthew 8:1-13 (Jesus heals a leper and then encounters the Centurion of great faith who seeks healing for his servant.)
Offertory. Ps. 118. The right hand of the Lord bringeth mighty things to pass, the right hand of the Lord hath exalted me: I shall not die but live and declare the works of the Lord.
Communion. St. Luke 4. All wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of the mouth of God.
At the Divine Office – Benedictus and Magnificat Antiphons
At 1st Vespers: God hath holpen his servant Israel, as he promised to Abraham and to his seed: and hath exalted the humble for ever and ever.
At Matins: When Jesus was come down from the mountain, behold there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand and touched him, saying: I will, be thou clean.
At 2nd Vespers: Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean: then saith Jesus, I will; be thou clean.