Friday, February 26, 2010

Book of Common Prayer (BCP) - The Second Sunday in Lent

Christ and the Canaanite Woman, c. 1500, Juan De Flandes, Palazzo Reale Madrid

The Collect

Almighty God, which dost see that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves: Keep thou us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts, which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ, etc.

The Epistle [1 Thess. 4

We beseech you brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that ye increase more and more, even as ye have received of us, how ye ought to walk, and to please God. For ye know what commandments we gave you by our Lord Jesus Christ. For this is the will of God, even your holiness, that ye should abstain from fornication, and that every one of you should know how to keep his vessel in holiness and honor, and not in the lust of concupiscence, as do the heathen which know not God: that no man oppress and defraud his brother in bargaining, because that the Lord is the avenger of all such things, as we told you before, and testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, which hath sent his Holy Spirit among you.

The Gospel [Matt. 15

Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan (which came out of the same coasts) cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David. My daughter is piteously vexed with a devil. But he answered her nothing at all. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away, for she crieth after us. But he answered, and said, I am not sent but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshiped him, saying, Lord help me. He answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread and cast it to dogs. She answered and said, Truth Lord, for the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their master's table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole, even the same time.

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