Sacred Heart: Polycarp Bishop and Martyr of Smyrna, 156

Polycarp

Bishop and Martyr of Smyrna, 156

February 23

Revelation 2:8-11
Matthew 20:20-23
Psalm 116:10-17
Psalm 34:1-8
Psalm 121

The Preface of a Saint (3)

The Collect

O God, the maker of heaven and earth, you gave your venerable servant, the holy and gentle Polycarp, boldness to confess Jesus Christ as King and Savior, and steadfastness to die for his faith; Give us grace, following his example, to share the cup of Christ and rise to eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The First Lesson

Revelation 2:8-11

John heard the voice say, “To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of the first and the last, who was dead and came to life:

“I know your affliction and your poverty, even though you are rich. I know the slander on the part of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Beware, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison so that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have affliction. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. Whoever conquers will not be harmed by the second death.”

The Psalm

Psalm 116:10-17 Page 759, BCP

(used when the feast falls before Ash Wednesday)

Dilexi, quoniam

10
How shall I repay the LORD *
for all the good things he has done for me?
11
I will lift up the cup of salvation *
and call upon the Name of the LORD.
12
I will fulfill my vows to the LORD *
in the presence of all his people.
13
Precious in the sight of the LORD *
is the death of his servants.
14
O LORD, I am your servant; *
I am your servant and the child of your handmaid;
you have freed me from my bonds.
15
I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving *
and call upon the Name of the LORD.
16
I will fulfill my vows to the LORD *
in the presence of all his people,
17
In the courts of the LORD’S house, *
in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.
Hallelujah!

or

Psalm 34:1-8 Page 627, BCP

(used when the feast falls after Ash Wednesday)

Benedicam Dominum

1
I will bless the LORD at all times; *
his praise shall ever be in my mouth.
2
I will glory in the LORD; *
let the humble hear and rejoice.
3
Proclaim with me the greatness of the LORD; *
let us exalt his Name together.
4
I sought the LORD, and he answered me *
and delivered me out of all my terror.
5
Look upon him and be radiant, *
and let not your faces be ashamed.
6
I called in my affliction and the LORD heard me *
and saved me from all my troubles.
7
The angel of the LORD encompasses those who fear him, *
and he will deliver them.
8
Taste and see that the LORD is good; *
happy are they who trust in him!

or

Psalm 121 Page 779, BCP

Levavi oculos

1
I lift up my eyes to the hills; *
from where is my help to come?
2
My help comes from the LORD, *
the maker of heaven and earth.
3
He will not let your foot be moved *
and he who watches over you will not fall asleep.
4
Behold, he who keeps watch over Israel *
shall neither slumber nor sleep;
5
The LORD himself watches over you; *
the LORD is your shade at your right hand,
6
So that the sun shall not strike you by day, *
nor the moon by night.
7
The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; *
it is he who shall keep you safe.
8
The LORD shall watch over your going out and your coming in, *
from this time forth for evermore.

The Gospel

Matthew 20:20-23

The mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favor of him. And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.” But Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.” He said to them, “You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left, this is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.”

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