Readings for the Feast of
Martyr at Rome
According to the use of the Episcopal Church

AD 167
Feast Day: June 1


1 Corinthians 1:18-25
Psalm 16:5-11 or
Psalm 116:1-8
John 12:44-50
Almighty and everlasting God, who found your martyr Justin wandering from teacher to teacher, seeking the true God, and revealed to him the sublime wisdom of your eternal Word: Grant that all who seek you, or a deeper knowledge of you, may find and be found by you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

1 Corinthians 1:18-25

The message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,

"I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,

and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart."

Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength.



Psalm 16:5-11

Conserva me, Domine


 5 The Lord is my appointed portion and my cup *
you hold my lot in your hands.
6 The share that has fallen to me is in pleasant places *
and a fair land is my possession.
7 I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel *
at night also he has instructed my heart.
8 I have set the Lord always before me *
he is at my right hand, and I shall not fall.
9 Therefore my heart is glad and my spirit rejoices *
my flesh also shall rest secure.
10 For you will not give me over to the power of death *
nor suffer your faithful one to see the Pit.
11 You will show me the path of life *
in your presence is the fulness of joy,
and from your right hand flow delights for evermore.



Psalm 116:1-8

Dilexi, quoniam

1 I love the Lord, because he heard my voice *
the voice of my supplication;
2 Because he inclined his ear to me *
in the day that I called to him.
3 The cords of death encompassed me,
the snares of the grave took hold on me *
I was in anguish and sorrow.
4 Then I called upon the name of the Lord *
O Lord, I beseech you, deliver me!
5 Gracious and righteous is the Lord *
full of compassion is our God.
6 The Lord preserves the simple *
when I was brought low, he saved me.
7 Return, O my soul, to your rest *
for the Lord has rewarded you.
8 For you, O Lord,
have delivered my soul from death *
my eyes from tears and my feet from falling.


John 12:44-50

Jesus cried aloud: "Whoever believes in me believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness. I do not judge anyone who hears my words and does not keep them, for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. The one who rejects me and does not receive my word has a judge; on the last day the word that I have spoken will serve as judge, for I have not spoken on my own, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment about what to say and what to speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I speak, therefore, I speak just as the Father has told me."



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