7th Sunday after Trinity
Collect: Lord of all power and might, who art the author and give of all good things: graft in our hearts the love of thy holy Name, increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness, and of thy great mercy keep us in the same. 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. Ps. 47 (Omnes gentes) O clap your hands together, all ye people: sing unto God with the voice of melody. Ps. 47 For the Lord is high and to be feared; he is the great king upon all the earth.
The Epistle: Romans 6:19-23 The difference between a life involved in sinfulness and a life dedicated to righteousness in the Lord is very stark. It is as simple as the difference between death and life. We must be dead to sin so that we can receive the gift of eternal life from God.
Gradual: Ps 47 Come, ye children, and hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord. They had an eye unto him and were enlightened: and their faces were not ashamed.
Alleluia. Ps 47 O clap your hands together, all ye people: O sing unto God with the voice of melody. Alleluia.
The Gospel: St. Mark 8:1-9 Four thousand people have been following Jesus in the wilderness and listening to His teaching for three days. Their supplies have run out – only seven loaves of bread and a few fish are left. Their physical hunger signifies their even greater spiritual hunger. Jesus multiplies the loaves and fish miraculously so that all are not only fed but were filled. The physical food of loaves and fishes signifies the riches of grace with which Christ fills our spiritual hunger by the sacramental mysteries of the Church.
Offertory: Daniel 3. Like as in the burnt-offerings of rams and bullocks, and like as in ten-thousands of fat lambs: so let our sacrifice be in thy sight this day that it may please thee: for they shall not be confounded that put their trust in thee, O Lord.
Communion: Ps 31 Bow down thine ear: make haste to deliver me.