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St. James the Great, Apostle and Martyr

July 25    










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GRANT, O merciful God, that as thine holy Apostle Saint James, leaving his father and all that he had, without delay was obedient unto the calling of thy Son Jesus Christ, and followed him; so we, forsaking all worldly and carnal affections, may be evermore ready to follow thy holy commandments; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


THE LESSON.   Acts 11. 27.

IN those days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch. And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit, that there would be a great famine throughout all the world; which came to pass in the days of the Emperor Claudius. Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea: which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul. Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to do evil to certain of the Church. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also.


THE GOSPEL.    St Matthew 20. 20

Then came to him the mother of Zebedees children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him. And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom. But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able. And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father. And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren. But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.



The Canadian 1962 BCP appoints the parallel Gospel from Mark.

St Mark 10. 32.

AND they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should happen unto him, saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles; and they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him; and the third day he shall rise again. And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came, unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire. And he said unto them, What would ye that I should do for you? They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, it and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory. But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask. Can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized: but to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it hath been prepared.






LORD, who shall dwell in thy tabernacle? / or who shall rest upon thy holy hill?
2 EVEN he that leadeth an uncorrupt life, and doeth the thing which is right, / and speaketh the truth from his heart.
3 He that hath used no deceit in his tongue, nor done evil to his neighbour, / and hath not slandered his neighbour.
4 He in whose eyes an ungodly man is despised / but he maketh much of them that fear the LORD.
5 He that sweareth unto his neighbour, and disappointeth him not, / though it were to his own hindrance.
6 He that hath not given his money upon usury, / nor taken a bribe against the innocent.
7 WHOSO doeth these things / shall never fall.

Glory be.



GRADUAL.  Ps 149:1-6

O SING unto the LORD a new song: / let the congregation of saints praise him.
2 Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: / and let the children of Sion be joyful in their King.
3 Let them praise his Name in the dance: / let them sing praises unto him with timbrel and harp.
4 For the LORD hath pleasure in his people, / and adorneth the humble with salvation.
5 Let the saints be joyful with glory: / let them sing for joy upon their couches.
6 Let the praises of God be in their mouth, / and a two-edged sword in their hands;