August 7th Reading


Today’s August the 7th Collect, amended, from the BCP for the Feast Day of Blessed John Mason Neal who amongst many things was the founder of a women’s Anglican religious order of nursing sisters and was also a prolific writer of hymns as well as a translator of Eastern Orthodox Liturgical hymns many of which are used today in Western Churches in particular the Anglican and Lutheran Church. He is regarded with great respect amongst Western Rite Orthodox.

The Collect

Grant, O God, that in all time of our testing we may know your presence and obey your will; that, following the example of your servant John Mason Neale and with the assistance of his prayers, we may with integrity and courage accomplish what you give us to do, and endure what you give us to bear; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

When the “Church” acts in the freedom that Jesus gives it then the “Church” is like a wonderful banquet of treasures that are both ancient and new.

Matthew 13:44-52

Jesus said to his disciples, “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

“Have you understood all this?” They answered, “Yes.” And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”

Today is also the Feast of the Commemoration of the Martyrdom in the OCA/Russian Kalendar of St Marinus, Soldier of Rome and St Asterius the Senator of Rome and with them the Witness unto Life Eternal of the Deacon St Dometius of Persia and two companions known only to God. In the Roman Kalendar it is the Feast Day of St Cajetan the Presbyter and in the Coptic Kalendar that of the Falling Asleep of St Kyrillos the 112 Pope of Alexandria and the Martyrdom of St Apoli Son of Justus of Rome. May these our Heavenly Companions pray with us and for us through Jesus Christ Our Lord Amen+

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