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St. Mary Magdalene

July 22    










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Matthew Henry (Gospel)

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Keble (poem)
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This commemoration is not found in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer but is found in some more recent revisions of the Prayer Book.  The following Collect, Epistle and Gospel are appointed in the Canadian 1962 BCP.



O ALMIGHTY God, whose blessed Son did sanctify Mary Magdalene, and call her to be a witness to his resurrection: Mercifully grant that by thy grace we may be healed of all our infirmities, and always serve thee in the power of his endless life; who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, world without end. Amen.


THE LESSON.   Acts 13. 27.

FOR those who dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, though they found no cause of death in Jesus, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain. And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre. But God raised him from the dead: and he was seen many days by them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people.



THE GOSPEL.    St John 20. 11

MARY stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, and seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.





INTROIT.  Ps 139:1-11

O LORD, thou hast searched me out and known me: / thou knowest my down-sitting and mine up-rising; thou understandest my thoughts from afar.
2 Thou art about my path and about my bed, / and art acquainted with all my ways.
3 For lo, there is not a word in my tongue, / but thou, O LORD, knowest it altogether.
4 Thou hast beset me behind and before, / and laid thine hand upon me.
5 Such knowledge is too wonderful and excellent for me: / I cannot attain unto it.
6 WHITHER shall I go then from thy spirit? / or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
7 If I climb up into heaven, thou art there: / if I go down to hell, thou art there also.
8 If I take the wings of the morning, / and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
9 Even there also shall thy hand lead me, / and thy right hand shall hold me.
10 If I say, 'Surely the darkness shall cover me, / and the light about me become night',
11 Yet even the darkness is no darkness with thee, but the night is as clear as the day: / the darkness and light to thee are both alike.

Glory be.


GRADUAL.  Ps 30:1-5

I WILL magnify thee, O LORD, for thou hast set me up, / and not made my foes to triumph over me.
2 O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, / and thou hast healed me.
3 Thou, LORD, hast brought up my soul from hell: / thou hast kept my life from them that go down to the pit.
4 SING praises unto the LORD, O ye saints of his; / and give thanks unto his holy Name.
5 For his wrath endureth but the twinkling of an eye, and in his favour is life; / heaviness may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.