Readings for the Memorial of
St. Columba, Abbot of Iona
AD 597
Feast Day: June 9

Columba of Iona 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.

1 Corinthians 3:11-23
Psalm 97:1-2,7-12 or
Psalm 98:1-4
Luke 10:17-20

COLLECT: O God, by the preaching of your blessed servant Columba you caused the light of the Gospel to shine in Scotland: Grant, we pray, that, having his life and labors in remembrance, we may show our thankfulness to you by following the example of his zeal and patience; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

FIRST READING          1 Corinthians 3:11-23
For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw-- the work of each builder will become visible, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each has done. If what has been built on the foundation survives, the builder will receive a reward. If the work is burned up, the builder will suffer loss; the builder will be saved, but only as through fire.

Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy that person. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple. Do not deceive yourselves. If you think that you are wise in this age, you should become fools so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written,

"He catches the wise in their craftiness,"

and again,

"The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile."

So let no one boast about human leaders. For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future-- all belong to you, and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.

PSALM          97:1-2,7-12

1 The Lord is king: let the earth rejoice; *
let the multitude of the isles be glad.
2 Clouds and darkness are round about him; *
righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
7 Confounded be all who worship carved images
and delight in mere idols. *
Bow down before him, all you gods.
8 Zion heard and was glad, and the daughters of Judah rejoiced, *
because of your judgements, O Lord.
9 For you, Lord, are most high over all the earth; *
you are exalted far above all gods.
10 The Lord loves those who hate evil; *
he preserves the lives of his faithful
and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
11 Light has sprung up for the righteous *
and joy for the true of heart.
12 Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous, *
and give thanks to his holy name.


Psalm 98:1-4

1 Sing to the Lord a new song, *
for he has done marvellous things.
2 His own right hand and his holy arm *
have won for him the victory.
3 The Lord has made known his salvation; *
his deliverance has he openly shown in the sight of the nations.
4 He has remembered his mercy and faithfulness
towards the house of Israel, *
and all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

GOSPEL          Luke 10:17-20
The seventy, whom Jesus had sent out, returned with joy, saying, "Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!" He said to them, "I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."

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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