Morning Prayer 24.8.13: St. Bartholomew, Apostle

Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.

Fifty years ago today, a seminal event occurred in American history: the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, at which Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his galvanizing "I have a dream" speech. But our coverage begins, on this Feast of St. Bartholomew, with the march's organizers, because MLK didn't do it all by himself, or even mostly. These are the men (though not the women) who organized the march: (left to right) Mathhew Ahmann, a Roman Catholic layman; Cleveland Robinson, chairman of the demonstration; Rabbi Joachim Prinz; A. Philip Randolph, labor leader and overall chairman; Joseph Rauh, Jr., lawyer and activist; John Lewis, student organizer (and now Congressman); and Floyd McKissick, Congress on Racial Equality. Six of the seven enjoy a moment of levity before the start of the march, while Mr. Randolph, the visionary most responsible for civil rights progress in the past 50 years, seems to peer into the future. (United States National Archives)

Fifty years ago today, a seminal event occurred in American history: the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, at which Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his galvanizing “I have a dream” speech. But our coverage begins, on this Feast of St. Bartholomew, with the march’s organizers, because MLK didn’t do it all by himself, or even mostly. These are the men (though not the women) who organized the march: (left to right) Mathhew Ahmann, a Roman Catholic layman; Cleveland Robinson, chairman of the demonstration committee; Rabbi Joachim Prinz; A. Philip Randolph, labor leader and overall chairman; Joseph Rauh, Jr., lawyer and activist; John Lewis, student organizer (and now Congressman); and Floyd McKissick, Congress on Racial Equality. Six of the seven enjoy a moment of levity before the start of the march, while Mr. Randolph, the visionary most responsible for civil rights progress in the previous 50 years, seems to peer into the future. (United States National Archives)

Their sound has gone out into all lands, and their message to the ends of the world. Psalm 19:4

INVITATORY AND PSALTER

Lord, open our lips.
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Praise to the holy and undivided Trinity, one God:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.

Psalm 100
Jubilate

Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands;
serve the Lord with gladness
and come before his presence with a song.

Know this: The Lord himself is God;
he himself has made us, and we are his;
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and call upon his Name.

For the Lord is good;
his mercy is everlasting;
and his faithfulness endures from age to age.

Psalm 86

Bow down your ear, O LORD, and answer me, *
for I am poor and in misery.
Keep watch over my life, for I am faithful; *
save your servant, for I put my trust in you.
Be merciful to me, O LORD, for you are my God; *
I call upon you all the day long.
Gladden the soul of your servant, *
for to you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
For you, O LORD, are good and forgiving, *
and great is your love toward all who call upon you.
Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer, *
and attend to the voice of my supplications.
In the time of my trouble I will call upon you, *
for you will answer me.
Among the gods there is none like you, O LORD, *
nor anything like your works.
All nations you have made will come and worship you, O LORD, *
and glorify your Name.
For you are great;
you do wondrous things; *
and you alone are God.
Teach me your way, O LORD,
and I will walk in your truth; *
knit my heart to you that I may fear your Name.
I will thank you, O LORD my God, with all my heart, *
and glorify your Name for evermore.
For great is your love toward me; *
you have delivered me from the nethermost Pit.
The arrogant rise up against me, O God,
and a violent mob seeks my life; *
they have not set you before their eyes.
But you, O LORD, are gracious and full of compassion, *
slow to anger, and full of kindness and truth.
Turn to me and have mercy upon me; *
give your strength to your servant;
and save the child of your handmaid.
Show me a sign of your favor,
so that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed; *
because you, O LORD, have helped me and comforted me.

Praise to the holy and undivided Trinity, one God: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Jacob's ladder, or more accurately a staircase; artist unknown. The Oxford Annotated NRSV says this "suggests the ancient view that a sanctuary was a place where the god came to earth."

Jacob’s ladder, or more accurately a staircase; artist unknown. The Oxford Annotated NRSV says this “suggests the ancient view that a sanctuary was a place where the god came to earth.”

THE LESSONS
Genesis 28:10-17 (NRSV)

Jacob left Beer-sheba and went toward Haran. He came to a certain place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place. And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And the LORD stood beside him and said, “I am the LORD, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring; and your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you and in your offspring. Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place – and I did not know it!” And he was afraid, and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”

Canticle: Song of Zechariah
Benedictus Dominus
Luke 1:68-79

Blessed are you, Lord, the God of Israel; *
you have come to your people and set them free.
You have raised up for us a mighty savior, *
born of the house of your servant David.
Through your holy prophets you promised of old
to save us from our enemies, *
from the hands of all who hate us.
To show mercy to our forebears, *
and to remember your holy covenant.
This was the oath you swore to our father Abraham, *
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
Free to worship you without fear, *
holy and righteous before you
all the days of our life.
And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, *
for you will go before the Lord to prepare the way,
To give God’s people knowledge of salvation *
by the forgiveness of their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God *
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, *
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Praise to the holy and undivided Trinity, one God: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

John 1:43-51 (NRSV)

The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

Canticle: You are God
Te Deum laudamus

We praise you, O God,
we acclaim you as Lord;
All creation worships you,
the Father everlasting.
To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
the cherubim and seraphim, sing in endless praise:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
The glorious company of apostles praise you.
The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.
Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you:
Father, of majesty unbounded,
your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,
and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.
You, Christ, are the king of glory,
the eternal Son of the Father.
When you took our flesh to set us free
you humbly chose the Virgin’s womb.
You overcame the sting of death
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.
We believe that you will come to be our judge.
Come then, Lord, and help your people,
bought with the price of your own blood,
and bring us with your saints
to glory everlasting.

THE APOSTLES’ CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

THE PRAYERS

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name,
your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.

Show us your mercy, O Lord;
And grant us your salvation.
Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
Let your people sing with joy.
Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;
For only in you can we live in safety.
Lord, keep this nation under your care;
And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
Let your way be known upon earth;
Your saving health among all nations.
Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Create in us clean hearts, O God;
And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.

We don't know anything about Bartholomew except that he is listed as one of the Twelve in the synoptic Gospels. He is sometimes equated with Nathanael, Philip's friend, the "Israelite without guile" in John's Gospel. (Convent of St. Elizabeth)

We don’t know anything about Bartholomew except that he is listed as one of the Twelve in the synoptic Gospels. He is often equated with Nathanael, Philip’s friend, the “Israelite without guile” in John’s Gospel. (Convent of St. Elizabeth)

Collect of the Day: St. Bartholomew

Almighty and everlasting God, who gave to your apostle Bartholomew grace truly to believe and to preach your Word: Grant that your Church may love what he believed and preach what he taught; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A Collect for Saturdays

Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all your works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures: Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared for the service of your sanctuary, and that our rest here upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to your people in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saturday Morning: For Those in Discernment

Diocesan Commissions on Ministry
Maria
Julie
A.J., starting her writing business
Tory
Rob
Subdeacon Dinah
Lillian

For Religious Orders

Community of St. Francis (women), California
Community of St. Mary – Northern, Southern and Western provinces
Community of the Holy Spirit, New York
Conference of Anglican Religious Orders in the Americas
Order of Julian of Norwich, Wisconsin
Order of the Holy Cross, New York
Sisters of St. John the Divine, Ontario
Sisters of St. Margaret, Massachusetts & Haiti
Sisters of the Transfiguration, Ohio
Society of St. Francis (men), New York
Society of St. John the Evangelist, Massachusetts & UK
St. Joseph’s Monastery, Mississippi
Three Rivers Monastery, Michigan
and for Orders throughout the Communion

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Diocese of Rorya, Tanzania

For Mission

Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen.

A Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfil now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen. 2 Corinthians 13:14++

The issues then were the same as the issues now: End bias. No police brutality. End segregation in schools. Higher minimum wages. Home rule for D.C. (The New York Times)

The issues then were the same as the issues now: End bias. No police brutality. End segregation in schools. Higher minimum wages. Home rule for D.C. And above all, Civil Rights + Full Employment = Freedom. Amen. (The New York Times)

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