Readings for the Feast of St. Anselm of Canterbury
Archbisop of Canterbury
AD 1109
Feast Day: April 21

Romans 5:1-11
Matthew 11:25-30
Psalm 139:1-9 or
Psalm 37:3-6,32-33

Almighty God, you raised up your servant Anselm to teach the Church of his day to understand its faith in your eternal Being, perfect justice, and saving mercy: Provide your Church in every age with devout and learned scholars and teachers, that we may be able to give a reason for the hope that is in us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, on God, for ever and ever. Amen.

First Reading:
Romans 5:1-11

Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person-- though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

LORD, you have searched me out and known me; *
     you know my sitting down and my rising up;
     you discern my thoughts from afar.
You trace my journeys and my resting-places *
     and are acquainted with all my ways.
Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, *
     but you, O LORD, know it altogether.
You press upon me behind and before *
     and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; *
     it is so high that I cannot attain to it.
Where can I go then from your Spirit? *
     where can I flee from your presence?
If I climb up to heaven, you are there; *
     if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.
If I take the wings of the morning *
     and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there your hand will lead me *
     and your right hand hold me fast.

Put your trust in the LORD and do good; *
     dwell in the land and feed on its riches.
Take delight in the LORD, *
     and he shall give you your heart's desire.
Commit your way to the LORD and put your trust in him, *
     and he will bring it to pass.
He will make your righteousness as clear as the light *
     and your just dealing as the noonday.
The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, *
     and their tongue speaks what is right.
The law of their God is in their heart, *
     and their footsteps shall not falter.

Matthew 11:25-30

Jesus said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

"Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."


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