October 6th Reading
Today. October 6, is the day that Anglicans and many Protestant Churches honour the memory of the priest William Tyndale who is responsible for the first complete translation into English and for which he was executed by Henry the Eighth. In the Roman Rite it is the Feast of St Bruno and in the Russain/OCA Kalendar it is the Feast of St Thomas the Apostle. In the Coptic Kalendar it is the Feast of the Annunciation of John the Baptist to Zacharias. May all the Holy Companions pray with us and for us through Jesus Christ Our Lord Amen.
The Collect, amended. from the BCP for the Feast of Blessed William Tyndale/
Almighty God, you planted in the heart of your servant William Tyndale a consuming passion to bring the Scriptures to people in their native tongue, and endowed him with the gift of powerful and graceful expression and with strength to persevere against all obstacles: Reveal to us with the help of his prayers your saving Word, as we read and study the Scriptures, and hear them calling us to repentance and life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls.
But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act– they will be blessed in their doing.
Then Jesus cried aloud: “Whoever believes in me believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness. I do not judge anyone who hears my words and does not keep them, for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. The one who rejects me and does not receive my word has a judge; on the last day the word that I have spoken will serve as judge, for I have not spoken on my own, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment about what to say and what to speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I speak, therefore, I speak just as the Father has told me.”
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