Readings for
The Feast of Saint Simon and Saint Jude

From the 1979 Episcopal Book of Common Prayer

October 28

The Collect

O God, we thank you for the glorious company of the apostles, and especially on this day for Simon and Jude; and we pray that, as they were faithful and zealous in their mission, so we may with ardent devotion make known the love and mercy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Old Testament
Deuteronomy 32:1-4

Moses recited the words of this song:

Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak;
    let the earth hear the words of my mouth.
May my teaching drop like the rain,
    my speech condense like the dew;
like gentle rain on grass,
    like showers on new growth.
For I will proclaim the name of the LORD;
    ascribe greatness to our God!
The Rock, his work is perfect,
    and all his ways are just.
A faithful God, without deceit,
    just and upright is he.

The Psalm
Psalm 119:89-96

In aeternum, Domine
O LORD, your word is everlasting; *
     it stands firm in the heavens.
Your faithfulness remains from one generation to another; *
     you established the earth, and it abides.
By your decree these continue to this day, *
     for all things are your servants.
If my delight had not been in your law, *
     I should have perished in my affliction.
I will never forget your commandments, *
     because by them you give me life.
I am yours; oh, that you would save me! *
     for I study your commandments.
Though the wicked lie in wait for me to destroy me, *
     I will apply my mind to your decrees.
I see that all things come to an end, *
     but your commandment has no bounds.

The Epistle
Ephesians 2:13-22

Now in Christ Jesus you Gentiles, who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.

The Gospel
John 15:17-27

Jesus said to his disciples, "I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.

"If the world hates you, be aware that it hated me before it hated you. If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. Because you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world-- therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, `Servants are not greater than their master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also. But they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates my Father also. If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not have sin. But now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. It was to fulfill the word that is written in their law, `They hated me without a cause.'

"When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning."

Morning Prayer

Be joyful in God, all you lands; *
     sing the glory of his Name;
     sing the glory of his praise.
Say to God, "How awesome are your deeds! *
     because of your great strength your enemies cringe before you.
All the earth bows down before you, *
     sings to you, sings out your Name."
Come now and see the works of God, *
     how wonderful he is in his doing toward all people.
He turned the sea into dry land,
so that they went through the water on foot, *
     and there we rejoiced in him.
In his might he rules for ever;
his eyes keep watch over the nations; *
     let no rebel rise up against him.
Bless our God, you peoples; *
     make the voice of his praise to be heard;
Who holds our souls in life, *
     and will not allow our feet to slip.
For you, O God, have proved us; *
     you have tried us just as silver is tried.
You brought us into the snare; *
     you laid heavy burdens upon our backs.
You let enemies ride over our heads;
we went through fire and water; *
     but you brought us out into a place of refreshment.
I will enter your house with burnt-offerings
and will pay you my vows, *
     which I promised with my lips
     and spoke with my mouth when I was in trouble.
I will offer you sacrifices of fat beasts
     with the smoke of rams; *
     I will give you oxen and goats.
Come and listen, all you who fear God, *
     and I will tell you what he has done for me.
I called out to him with my mouth, *
     and his praise was on my tongue.
If I had found evil in my heart, *
     the Lord would not have heard me;
But in truth God has heard me; *
     he has attended to the voice of my prayer.
Blessed be God, who has not rejected my prayer, *
     nor withheld his love from me.

First Reading
Isaiah 28:9-16

‘Whom will he teach knowledge,
   and to whom will he explain the message?
Those who are weaned from milk,
   those taken from the breast?
For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept,
   line upon line, line upon line,
   here a little, there a little.’

Truly, with stammering lip
   and with alien tongue
he will speak to this people,
   to whom he has said,
‘This is rest;
   give rest to the weary;
and this is repose’;
   yet they would not hear.
Therefore the word of the Lord will be to them,
   ‘Precept upon precept, precept upon precept,
   line upon line, line upon line,
   here a little, there a little’;
in order that they may go, and fall backwards,
   and be broken, and snared, and taken.

Therefore hear the word of the Lord, you scoffers
   who rule this people in Jerusalem.
Because you have said, ‘We have made a covenant with death,
   and with Sheol we have an agreement;
when the overwhelming scourge passes through
   it will not come to us;
for we have made lies our refuge,
   and in falsehood we have taken shelter’;
therefore thus says the Lord God,
See, I am laying in Zion a foundation stone,
   a tested stone,
a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation:
   ‘One who trusts will not panic.’

Second Reading
Ephesians 4:1-16

I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.

 But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it is said,
‘When he ascended on high he made captivity itself a captive;
   he gave gifts to his people.’
(When it says, ‘He ascended’, what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is the same one who ascended far above all the heavens, so that he might fill all things.) The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knitted together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.

Evening Prayer

Psalm 116    
Dilexi, quoniam
I love the LORD, because he has heard the voice of my
                                supplication, *
     because he has inclined his ear to me whenever I called upon him.
The cords of death entangled me;
the grip of the grave took hold of me; *
     I came to grief and sorrow.
Then I called upon the Name of the LORD: *
     "O LORD, I pray you, save my life."
Gracious is the LORD and righteous; *
     our God is full of compassion.
The LORD watches over the innocent; *
     I was brought very low, and he helped me.
Turn again to your rest, O my soul. *
     for the LORD has treated you well.
For you have rescued my life from death, *
     my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling.
I will walk in the presence of the LORD *
     in the land of the living.
I believed, even when I said,
"I have been brought very low." *
     In my distress I said, "No one can be trusted."
How shall I repay the LORD *
     for all the good things he has done for me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation *
     and call upon the Name of the LORD.
I will fulfill my vows to the LORD *
     in the presence of all his people.
Precious in the sight of the LORD *
     is the death of his servants.
O LORD, I am your servant; *
     I am your servant and the child of your handmaid;
     you have freed me from my bonds.
I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving *
     and call upon the Name of the LORD.
I will fulfill my vows to the LORD *
     in the presence of all his people,
In the courts of the LORD's house, *
     in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.
Praise the LORD, all you nations; *
     laud him, all you peoples.
For his loving-kindness toward us is great, *
     and the faithfulness of the LORD endures for ever.

First Reading
Isaiah 4:2-6

 On that day the branch of the Lord shall be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land shall be the pride and glory of the survivors of Israel. Whoever is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy, everyone who has been recorded for life in Jerusalem, once the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and cleansed the bloodstains of Jerusalem from its midst by a spirit of judgement and by a spirit of burning. Then the Lord will create over the whole site of Mount Zion and over its places of assembly a cloud by day and smoke and the shining of a flaming fire by night. Indeed, over all the glory there will be a canopy. It will serve as a pavilion, a shade by day from the heat, and a refuge and a shelter from the storm and rain.

Second Reading
John 14:15-31

 ‘If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you for ever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.

 ‘I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.’ Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, ‘Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?’ Jesus answered him, ‘Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.

 ‘I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, “I am going away, and I am coming to you.” If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe. I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me; but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us be on our way.


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