13th Sunday after Trinity
The Introit: Psalm 74: (v 23-26) (Respice, Domine) Look, O Lord, upon thy covenant, and forsake not the congregation of the poor forever: arise, O God, maintain thine own cause, and forget not the voices of them that seek thee. Ps 74:1 O God, wherefore art thou absent from us so long: why is thy wrath so hot against the sheep of thy pasture?
Collect: Almighty and merciful God, of whose only gift it cometh that thy faithful people do unto thee true and laudable service; Grant we beseech thee, that we may so faithfully serve thee in this life, that we fail not final to attain thy heavenly promises; through the merits of Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, now and for ever.
The Epistle: Galatians 3:16-22 In this Epistle, Saint Paul tells us that Gods loving and faithful covenant with men by which He binds Himself to us for ever and promises salvation, preceded the Law by centuries. The Law, when it came, did not confer righteousness but rather served then (and now) as a measure of righteousness. Righteousness comes only from Christ.
Gradual: Ps. 74:1-2 Look upon thy covenant, O Lord, and forget not the congregation of the poor forever. Arise, O God, maintain thine own cause: remember the rebuke that thy servants have.
Alleluia: Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 90 Lord, thou hast been our refuge from one generation to another. Alleluia.
The Gospel: St. Luke 10:23-37 This Gospel is the account of a lawyer (always a devious interlocutor) who asks Christ what he must do to be saved. He must, says Christ, love his neighbor. The lawyer then cross-examines Christ by asking who his neighbor may be. Christ refutes him soundly by the parable of the Good Samaritan.
Offertory: Psalm 31: My hope hath been in thee, O Lord; I have said, Thou art my God, my time is in thy hand.
Communion: Wisdom 16: Thou hast given us bread from heaven, O Lord, having every delight and every taste of sweetness.