Readings for the Memorial of St. Chad
Bishop of Lichfield, 672

March 2
 
Chad of Lichfield is on both the Catholic and Anglican/Episcopal Calendars, with his feast celebrated more particularly on the Anglican/Episcopal Calendar. The following Collect and Readings are those used in the Episcopal Church.

Philippians 4:10-13
Psalm 84:7-12 or Psalm 23
Luke 14:1,7-14

The Collect

Almighty God, for the peace of the Church your servant Chad relinquished cheerfully the honors that had been thrust upon him, only to be rewarded with equal responsibility: Keep us, we pray, from thinking of ourselves more highly than we ought to think, and ready at all times to step aside for others, that the cause of Christ may be advanced; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Reading
Philippians 4:10-13

I rejoice in the Lord greatly that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned for me, but had no opportunity to show it. Not that I am referring to being in need; for I have learned to be content with whatever I have. I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

The Psalm

7
LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; *
     hearken, O God of Jacob.
8
Behold our defender, O God; *
     and look upon the face of your Anointed.
9
For one day in your courts is better than a thousand in my own room, *
     and to stand at the threshold of the house of my God
     than to dwell in the tents of the wicked.
10
For the LORD God is both sun and shield; *
     he will give grace and glory;
11
No good thing will the LORD withhold *
     from those who walk with integrity.
12
O LORD of hosts, *
     happy are they who put their trust in you!

or

1
The LORD is my shepherd; *
     I shall not be in want.
2
He makes me lie down in green pastures *
     and leads me beside still waters.
3
He revives my soul *
     and guides me along right pathways for his Name's sake.
4
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I shall fear no evil; *
     for you are with me;
     your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5
You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; *
     you have anointed my head with oil,
     and my cup is running over.
6
Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, *
     and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.


Gospel Reading
Luke 14:1,7-14

On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely.

When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable. "When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, `Give this person your place,' and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, `Friend, move up higher'; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted."

He said also to the one who had invited him, "When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."


The English translation of Psalm Responses, Alleluia Verses, Gospel Verses from Lectionary for Mass 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation (ICEL); the English translation of Antiphons, Invitatories, Responsories, Intercessions, Psalm 95, the Canticle of the Lamb, Psalm Prayers, Non-Biblical Readings from The Liturgy of the Hours 1973, 1974, 1975, ICEL; excerpts from the English translation of The Roman Missal 2010, ICEL. All rights reserved. Used with permission.



 
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