Archbishop of Hamburg, Missionary to Denmark and Sweden, 865
The Preface of Apostles
Almighty and everlasting God, you sent your servant Anskar as an apostle to the people of Scandinavia, and enabled him to lay a firm foundation for their conversion, though he did not see the results of his labors: Keep your Church from discouragement in the day of small things, knowing that when you have begun a good work you will bring it to a fruitful conclusion; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. “This,” he said, “is what you have heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.
Psalm 96:1-7 Page 725, BCP
- Sing to the LORD a new song; *
sing to the LORD, all the whole earth.
- Sing to the LORD and bless his Name; *
proclaim the good news of his salvation from day to day.
- Declare his glory among the nations *
and his wonders among all peoples.
- For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; *
he is more to be feared than all gods.
- As for all the gods of the nations, they are but idols; *
but it is the LORD who made the heavens.
- Oh, the majesty and magnificence of his presence! *
Oh, the power and the splendor of his sanctuary!
- Ascribe to the LORD, you families of the peoples; *
ascribe to the LORD honor and power.
- Sing to the LORD a new song, *
for he has done marvelous things.
- With his right hand and his holy arm *
has he won for himself the victory.
- The LORD has made known his victory; *
his righteousness has he openly shown in the sight of the nations.
- He remembers his mercy and faithfulness to
- the house of Israel, *
and all the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.
Jesus called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.