Today’s August 1st Reading
Today in the Episcopal/Anglican Lectionary/Kalendar is the Feast of St Joseph of Arimathaea. Here follows the Collect( amended) and Gospel Reading for August 1st from the BCP and also the other saints commemorations from other Traditions.
Merciful God, whose servant Joseph of Arimathaea with reverence and godly fear prepared the body of our Lord and Savior for burial, and laid it in his own tomb: Grant to us, your faithful people,with the help of his prayers, grace and courage to love and serve Jesus with sincere devotion all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
” Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph, who, though a member of the council, had not agreed to their plan and action. He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea, and he was waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid it in a rock-hewn tomb where no one had ever been laid. It was the day of Preparation, and the sabbath was beginning. The women who had come with him from Galilee followed, and they saw the tomb and how his body was laid. Then they returned, and prepared spices and ointments.
On the sabbath they rested according to the commandment.”
In other Traditions it is Feast of the Commemoration of the Martyrdom of the Maccabees of the Old Testament including St Eleazar the Scribe and St Solomonia in the Russian Kalendar, St Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church, in the Roman Kalendar, and in the Coptic Kalendar the Commemoration of the Martyrdom of St Isaac the Monk, St Hilaria, St Thecla and her companion St Mouji, St Antonius of Beba, St Abakragoun, and St Domadius El-Souriani(the Syrian) and the Falling Asleep of St Thecla Companion of St Paul the Apostle and St Palamon the Anchorite.
May all the Saints in the Great Cloud of Witnesses pray for us and with us through Jesus Christ Our Lord Amen+
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