August 27th Reading
Today’s Gospel reading and Collect, amended, is taken from the BCP.
O Loving God, whose will it is that everyone should come to you and be saved: We bless your holy Name for your servants Thomas Gallaudet and Henry Winter Syle whose labors with and for those who are deaf we commemorate today and we pray that by the help of their prayers you will continually move your Church to respond in love to the needs of all people; through Jesus Christ, who opened the ears of the deaf, and who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
May the Holy Spirit open our ears to the Gospel of Jesus!
They brought to Jesus a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. They were astounded beyond measure, saying, “He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”
In the Coptic Kalendar it is the Feast of St Mary and the Commemoration of the Falling Asleep of St Irene. In the Russain/OCA Kalendar it is the Feast of St Pimen the Egyptian. May these and all the Saints known and unknown pray with us and for us through Jesus Christ Our Lord Amen+
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