1st Sunday after Trinity
The Collect: O God, the strength of all them that put their trust in thee, mercifully accept our prayers: and because through the weakness of our mortal nature we can do no good thing without thee, grant us the help of thy grace; that in keeping of thy commandments we may please thee, both in will and deed. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord: Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen
The Introit. 13 (v 23-26) (Domine in tua misericordia) O Lord, my trust is in thy mercy: and my heart is joyful in thy salvation: I will sing of the Lord, because he hath dealt so lovingly with me. Ps. 13:1. How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord, for ever: How long wilt thou hide thy face from me?
The Epistle: 1 John 4:8-21 Love is not that we loved God first, but that He first loved us and sent us His Son as a propitiation for our sins. Therefore, we ought to love one another. There is no room for fear, because perfect love casts out fear. We love God because He first loved us. Whoever loves God must also love his brother.
Gradual Ps. 41:4,1. I said, Lord, be merciful unto me: heal my soul for I have sinned against thee. Blessed is he that considereth the poor and needy: the Lord shall deliver him in the time of trouble.
Alleluia. Ps. 5:1. Ponder my words, O Lord: Consider my meditation. Alleluia.
The Gospel. St. Luke 16:19-31 Jesus tells the parable of the rich man and the beggar Lazarus. By this parable we are forcefully reminded that in our theosis we must be ever open to God’s direction, particularly when it is contrary to our desires.
Offertory. Ps. 5:2 O hearken thou unto the voice of my calling, my King and my God: for unto thee will I make my prayer.
Communion. Ps. 9:1-2. I will speak of all thy marvelous works: I will be glad and rejoice in thee: yea, my songs will I make of thy Name, O thou Most Highest.
At the Divine Office
The Old Testament lessons in the Daily Office for the week to come are set out below:
Sunday Benedictus and Magnificat Antiphons
At 1st Vespers: The child Samuel ministered unto the Lord before Eli, and the word of the Lord was precious in his sight.
At Matins: Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue.
At 2nd Vespers: Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things.