O ALMIGHTY God, who hast built thy Church upon the foundation
of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the
head corner-stone; Grant us so to be joined together in unity
of spirit by their doctrine, that we may be made an holy temple
acceptable unto thee; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Epistle. Ephesians ii. 19.
NOW therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but
fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets,
Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner-stone; in whom all
the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple
in the Lord: in whom ye also are builded together for an habitation
of God through the Spirit.
The Gospel. St. John xv. 17.
THESE things I command you, that ye love one another. If the
world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because
ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world,
therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said
unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have
persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept
my saying, they will keep your's also. But all these things will
they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him
that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had
not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin. He that
hateth me hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them
the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but
now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. But
this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is
written in their law, They hated me without a cause. But when
the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father,
even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he
shall testify of me: and ye also shall bear witness, because
ye have been with me from the beginning.