Readings for the Memorial of

St. David of Wales
Bishop and Apostle to Wales
March 1
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David of Wales 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 Thessalonians 2:2b-12
Psalm 16:5-11 or 96:1-7
Mark 4:26-29
Collect
Almighty God, you called your servant David to be a faithful and wise steward of your mysteries for the people of Wales: Mercifully grant that, following his purity of life and zeal for the Gospel of Christ, we may with him receive our heavenly reward; 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 Thessalonians 2:2b-12
We had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of great opposition. For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts. As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed; nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others, though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.

You remember our labour and toil, brothers and sisters; we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. You are witnesses, and God also, how pure, upright, and blameless our conduct was towards you believers. As you know, we dealt with each one of you like a father with his children, urging and encouraging you and pleading that you should lead a life worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.

5
O LORD, you are my portion and my cup; *
     it is you who uphold my lot.
6
My boundaries enclose a pleasant land; *
     indeed, I have a goodly heritage.
7
I will bless the LORD who gives me counsel; *
     my heart teaches me, night after night.
8
I have set the LORD always before me; *
     because he is at my right hand I shall not fall.
9
My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices; *
     my body also shall rest in hope.
10
For you will not abandon me to the grave, *
     nor let your holy one see the Pit.
11
You will show me the path of life; *
     in your presence there is fullness of joy,
     and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.
or

1
Sing to the LORD a new song; *
     sing to the LORD, all the whole earth.
2
Sing to the LORD and bless his Name; *
     proclaim the good news of his salvation from day to day.
3
Declare his glory among the nations *
     and his wonders among all peoples.
4
For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; *
     he is more to be feared than all gods.
5
As for all the gods of the nations, they are but idols; *
     but it is the LORD who made the heavens.
6
Oh, the majesty and magnificence of his presence! *
     Oh, the power and the splendor of his sanctuary!
7
Ascribe to the LORD, you families of the peoples; *
     ascribe to the LORD honor and power.


Gospel
Mark 4:26-29
Jesus said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.’





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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