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Trinity Sunday

Morning Prayer with Sacrament Reserved

 

 

 

 

Who is this that looks forth like the dawn, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army with banners?
                                           Song of Solomon 6:10
No-one has power over the wind to restrain the wind.
                                           Ecclesiastes 8:8a

 The Invitatory and Psalter

  1. V. O Lord, open thou our lips,
  2. R. And our mouths shall show forth your praise.
  3. V. Glory be to God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
  4. R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.

 

Jubilate                  Psalm 100               Hymnal 1982 #S43

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.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen

 

Psalm 8

1        O LORD our Governor, *
how exalted is your Name in all the world!

2        Out of the mouths of infants and children *
your majesty is praised above the heavens.

3        You have set up a stronghold against your adversaries, *
to quell the enemy and the avenger.

4        When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, *
the moon and the stars you have set in their courses,

5        What is man that you should be mindful of him? *
the son of man that you should seek him out?

6        You have made him but little lower than the angels; *
you adorn him with glory and honor;

7        You give him mastery over the works of your hands; *
you put all things under his feet:

8        All sheep and oxen, *
even the wild beasts of the field,

9        The birds of the air, the fish of the sea, *
and whatsoever walks in the paths of the sea.

10       O LORD our Governor, *
how exalted is your Name in all the world!

Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; *
   as it was in the beginning is now, and will be forever, Amen

 

The First Lesson:                                   Genesis 1:1-2:4a

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

And God said, “Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” So God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And it was so. God called the dome Sky. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.

And God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.” And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.

And God said, “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years, and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. God set them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.

And God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.” So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.

And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”

So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.

These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created.

The Word of the Lord; thanks be to God.

 

 Hymn: Holy, holy, holy!                   Reginald Heber         Hymnal 1982 #362

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee:
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three Persons, blesséd Trinity.

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,
casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
though the sinful human eye thy glory may not see,
only thou art holy; there is none beside thee,
perfect in power, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea;
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three Persons, blesséd Trinity.

 

The Second Lesson:                                2 Corinthians 13:11-13

Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Hymn: I bind unto myself this day          Patrick                   Hymnal 1982 #370

I bind unto myself today
the strong Name of the Trinity,
by invocation of the same,
the Three in One, and One in Three.

I bind this day to me for ever,
by power of faith, Christ’s Incarnation;
his baptism in the Jordan river;
his death on cross for my salvation;
his bursting from the spicéd tomb;
his riding up the heavenly way;
his coming at the day of doom:
I bind unto myself today.

I bind unto myself the power
of the great love of cherubim;
the sweet ‘Well done’ in judgment hour;
the service of the seraphim;
confessors’ faith, apostles’ word,
the patriarchs’ prayers, the prophets’ scrolls;
all good deeds done unto the Lord,
and purity of virgin souls.

I bind unto myself today
the virtues of the starlit heaven
the glorious sun’s life-giving ray,
the whiteness of the moon at even,
the flashing of the lightning free,
the whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks,
the stable earth, the deep salt sea,
around the old eternal rocks.

I bind unto myself today
the power of God to hold and lead,
his eye to watch, his might to stay,
his ear to hearken, to my need;
the wisdom of my God to teach,
his hand to guide, his shield to ward;
the word of God to give me speech,
his heavenly host to be my guard.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me,

Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

I bind unto myself the Name,
the strong Name of the Trinity,
by invocation of the same,
the Three in One, and One in Three.
Of whom all nature hath creation,
eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
praise to the Lord of my salvation,
salvation is of Christ the Lord.

 

The Gospel Lesson:                                        Matthew 28:16-20

The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Sermon: The Three in One, and…

I know you all know the next part: “and one in three.” The bizarre, but orthodox, arithmetic of the Trinity requires of us such mystical, mysterious, and apparently illogical pronouncements. We sing it, we say it, not always knowing why, but trusting our forebears in faith have done their best to help us conceptualize and imagine what the God they knew and we know is, and how. We hope that their insights and dictates, from this ecumenical council to that required creed, adequately capture – no, represent – no, indicate – no, point to, – no, illumine, let us say, God.

Father, Son, Holy Spirit 

Creator, Redeemer, Sanctifier

Speaker, Word, Breath: “God said, ‘Let there be light’ and there was light” (Gen. 1:3). “In the beginning was the Word…” (John 1:1)

The Möbius-style Celtic trinity knot (right): a trefoil with a circle woven between them, one loop into a second loop and then into a third – but which came first? Where does one begin?

What is the old line about God being one whose circumference is everywhere but whose center is nowhere? Or is it the other way around?

Candle, Wick, Flame – my favorite illustration, since when we’re in church, there’s almost always a candle about. Why not use it as a teaching tool? Padraig, patron of Ireland, used a shamrock – a three-leaved sprig of young clover – after all or was it a shillelagh?

It must’ve been the former, the little green plant that makes honey and milk so sweet. One who had been enslaved, as Padraig had been, would not use a wooden warstick in pedagogy, even against his former enslavers. Had he, though, who would’ve blamed him? After all, he spoke in the name of Jesus Christ, the Trinity’s 2nd person, the Word of God, among whose words were not only “Blessed are the peacemakers” but “I come not to bring peace, but a sword.”

No, trinitarian thought and doctrine have never done well when forced on people against their will as well as against their intellect. Come to think of it, neither has Christianity. Come to think of it, neither has much of anything. They may have been, or seemed, successful, but they did not do well. It’s like that with pretty much everything. Did we not learn better in school, and perhaps at home, when reason and logic, properly tied to what we value, feel, and believe, were the tools of our teachers? Though students may be forced to take tests and write papers, and toddlers restrained amidst howls from touching hot stoves or playing with sharp knives, the heart of teaching is nonviolence, the removal of ignorance, and the cultivation of virtues.

Was it not only a week or so ago that a man’s breath and life were forced out of him in Minneapolis? Nonviolent resistance compelled that the arc of history in his case bend a little more swiftly and directly toward justice than might have otherwise been the case. There is more to do, of course – too many victims, though even one is too many; too little change, though every little bit helps.

Was it not less than a week ago that several of our friends and neighbors, peaceably assembled and by right, were forced to flee the front of St. John’s, Lafayette Square so an opportunistic would-be tyrant could stage a photo-op / campaign event? Nonviolent resistance, before and after, compels attention to how wrong that was. It also shows us how far from Christ’s message, how far from the Spirit’s power, and how far from the Father’s caring, creating, inbreathing love some have fallen – how far from the love that made the world and keeps making it better, when and as we allow.

Was it not but a few weeks ago that a mindless little virus forced us into all out of our church buildings and into our homes as much as possible? By the skill and integrity of first responders, scientists, medical professionals, and those of our leaders who respond well to truth have we been kept safe. Nonviolent – free, that is – inquiry into truth cannot proceed under threats of violence, we know. Even the softer forms of violence, such as micromanagement, politicization, and corruption, cannot further the cause of truth nor set us free from this thing. Likewise, quarantine and distance requirements cannot work by force alone, but by the sound logic and truth by which, and in response to which, they were created. These convince us to do by free choice what we ought to do, and could by right be compelled to do – which makes it easier on everybody, especially those most vulnerable to this disease. We see the science, we understand what we can of the medicine, and we do what they show us we must.

The freedom to follow truth wherever it leads us is, in all these things, essential. It cannot breathe without justice, and justice cannot thrive without it. It reminds me of another favorite verse from Scripture: “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free”.

Of course, in the mythic story of the Garden of Eden, knowing the truth – knowing the difference between good and evil, as it were, & becoming like gods – can mean that paradise on earth can no longer be your home. Freedom can indeed be, as Janis Joplin sings, just another word for nothing left to lose.

If we think about it, there are many things that, if lost, we would not seek again. These are things we want to be free from. Chains, to start with, and knees on necks, tasers on backs, bullets to legs or anywhere else, tear gas in eyes and throats and noses, this virus – the list goes on. We need freedom from these, but also need freedom from what produces them: ignorance, illusions, lies, and fear. We need freedom from these as much as we need freedom from violence, especially when they are perpetrated by agents of the state. When chains, knees, tasers, bullets, tear gas, water cannons, ignorance, illusion, lies, or fear are used by agents of the state – or God forbid, a head of state – our need for freedom from them, and our awareness of that need, grow.

The history of the doctrine of the Trinity is not free of them, it pains me to report. Christianity has a complex, to say the least, relationship with political power, particularly state power, as many the struggles over its polity, its institutions, its power, its ethics, and its doctrines show. The first Christian Roman emperors, in the 4th and 5th centuries of the common era, were so heavily involved in church politics, power, economics, and doctrine that we cannot understand what happened without understanding them. None was perfect, many were awful, and each ruled as regime that bore little resemblance to a republic, let alone a democracy. The non-Christian emperors who preceded them had alternated between benign or at least condign neglect of the church, on the one hand, and outright persecution on the other. The blood of the martyrs may have watered the roots of the church, but it was the skill, virtues, and persistence of its leaders and people that made it grow strong, caring for the weak while strengthening its hold on the powerful and seeking, if fitfully and rarely in unity, to know the mind and will of God.

Having seen the persecutions of Diocletian try, but fail, to break the Christian churches, Constantine decided that if you can’t beat them, join them. When he saw, or said he had seen, in the sign of the cross a sign of his impending victory in his quest for imperial power and the imperial purple, things changed. He became the first Christian emperor, and Christianity became a religion supported by the state, though for sixty years the state still tolerated others.  Under Theodosius, however, orthodox / catholic Christianity became the only acceptable religion in the state, and from this, great miseries flowed, not least from the insistence on conformity, and the equation of false belief with treason. Pulpit and crown were joined, and often fused, for more than a thousand years. Key elements of our faith traditions, including the creed we know as Nicene and the trinitarian formulations we teach by means of shamrock and candle and gilt-and-green trefoil, come to us besmirched with imperial fingerprints, as well as blood, sweat and tears. Those who lost theological and doctrinal debates felt not only the sting of the church’s anathemas rejecting them, but also that of the state’s lash enforcing those bans. Those who won these debates often did so less with an ear bent to the still, small voice of God than with a tongue whispering, declaiming, or catering to an ear in power here on earth. What all this can teach us about a God whose first name is Love, and who promised to send the Advocate, the Comforter, the Counselor and Giver of Words to his followers and through them to us, can sometimes be difficult to see.

But it is what we make of them, and of all that we have been given, that makes the difference.

Father, Son, Holy Spirit: None is a father before he has children; none can become a father alone. Likewise, none is a mother before she has children, and none can become a mother alone. Yet from a world in which the relations between fathers and sons could define all the other ones – the Mediterranean world of Jesus’s time – comes this image of the Trinity. The voices that triumphed held them as coinhering, equal, flowing into one another, in constant fellowship as are the spokes and circumference of a wheel or the subatomic components of an atom, making room for one another, going forward together, occupying in their rotation the same space because of their difference and unity. Cleaving together, intimate and communing, bound in a love that overflows – this is the imagery that centuries of theological imagination and reflection created to show forth the Trinity in these persons and this iconography. It bespeaks a relationship that may best be understood as a dance that never ends, and a love that cannot be broken, a dance and a love that overflow into all creation. It makes all things move against the stillness and emptiness that is nothing. It empowers all things to love beyond themselves as well as to love themselves in spirit and in truth. It is mystical, otherworldly, ecstatic, logically bewildering, spilling the banks of syntax, clarity, and grammar, messy yet convincing, compelling, and always somehow showing us that it is true. Isn’t love like that, really? The imagery of Father, Son, Holy Spirit draws us to understand how God is, and is always in, love.

Creator, Redeemer, Sanctifier: There is perhaps no more beautiful poem about how the world came to be, and the sun, moon and all the stars, the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the waters over the face of the deep, than Genesis 1. Though it came late to the Bible, it came with great power and wisdom, beauty and grace, and reminds us of three essential truths: All that exists, from tree to mold to whale, was made good. Humankind are among them – made good, but also made in the image of the God who made all things good. God as creator not only saw all this, but said so. We, thus, know ourselves as those who create, imagine, craft, and at our best perfect what is into what can be.

Yet, even as we took dominion over the things of the earth, and increasingly now beyond it, we have not done all as we should have done, nor lived up always to that goodness. Made in the image of God, we had the freedom to make what we would out of what it. Often, we use that freedom well, but all too often, we do not. Thus, the God who made us in God’s image came to be one of us in that image, a visible image of the invisible God, en distance from the power that creates and the power that sustains, yet infused with it, in Jesus Christ. He walked among us, lived and died as one of us, reconciled us to You, O God, himself to himself, hung on a tree, crying aloud with the breath You gave him, and gave us, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”

You can see in the image above from a medieval edition of the Roman de la rose a typical depiction of the Trinity with all this in mind: the Father / Creator as a man with a beard, arrayed as a king, holding up the cross on which his only begotten Son our Redeemer dies, and the Spirit, in the form of a dove, proceeding from the Father toward the Son, sanctifying.

It took the power of the Spirit of the God who does not die to bring back into human life that way God was that could know death, could know what it was to be not-God, to be un-made, to lack the power to be, to remain, to abide. God died but God did not die; Christ died but then Christ rose; what could not be became what had to be, and by it was death conquered, time put down and put right, change housed in an eternity that does not change, and what is and what is not made one, again, and whole, though always with the memory of being not-whole. For one cannot be one in three and three in one without feeling the difference amidst the sameness, without knowing that one is what one is and what one is not at once, in the mysterious power of an eternal God entering into time to create, to dwell, to age, to die, and to rise and rise again. Created, we required redeeming. Redeemed, we needed sanctifying. Sanctified, we can create anew, still in the image of the God who made us and never stops doing so, even to the end of the age.

Speaker, Word, Breath: Clearly, these are distinct, yet none is a speaker without having spoken, or at least being in the process of doing so. Breath – in Hebrew, ruah (right) – goes where it wills – unless an evil person or a nasty virus chokes it out of us – but none could speak without it, or make words travel from person to person in the air unseen, untouched, and otherwise immaterial, were it not there. If God as creator spoke all things into being, the Word God spoke was the first of those things, with speaker and spoken – word-giver and word – coming into existence, into time, at the same time. There must’ve been breath, must’ve been some medium, some air, some thing that could flow into that word and make it happen, make it be, be it and yet be not-it, be more than it, infuse it but then infuse, inform, inflow into any other word, any other thing a speaker might speak. Speaker and spoken, united by the power and substance that enabled them each to be as they are, are indelibly related yet inherently distinct. Speaker, word, breath: in the beginning was the Word, as the Word was with God, and the Word was God. God said, Let there be light, and there was light. God saw – but surely, God also and first heard, that it was good.

Candle, wick, and flame: This one is easy: the light shone in the darkness, and the darkness could not overcome it. If, as Ezra Pound says, in the gloom, the gold gathers the light against it, how much more is this true of the candle, lit and shining (left)? The spark that ignites it, though – what power of God is that? Ah, come quickly, Lord, and light in us a new light against the darkness of our times, and at times our spirits, that we may never cease to shine. Amen.

 

A Trinitarian Creed, adapted from the Creed of Athanasius   

O Lord, Almighty God, none has made You but You alone,

Wonderful beyond measure, faithful Father, servant Son, and enlivening Spirit.

Holy God, beautiful and full of power, bound as one in a society of love,

You are our Creator and cause, our perfect Savior,

Our Advocate, our Counselor, our Intercessor, our God.

You call us into being, as three in one, and You have made us good,

In Your image and according to Your likeness,

And in Your image and in Your likeness You have redeemed us,

O God of truth, O God of love, from this time and in all times, setting us free.

 

A Collect for Trinity Sunday

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

A Collect for Social Justice 

Almighty God, who created us in your image: Grant us grace to contend fearlessly against evil and to make no peace with oppression; but reverently use our freedom, to establish and maintain justice in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

A Prayer for the Nation 

Lord God Almighty, you have made all the peoples of the earth for your glory, to serve you in freedom and in peace: Give to the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

A Prayer after St. Alphonsus

O Jesus, you are present to us in the blessed sacrament. We love you above all things, and desire to receive you into our souls. Since we cannot at this time share your sacrament, let your spirit dwell within our hearts. Let us welcome you as one already with us, making us one body and one spirit, never to be parted from you. Amen.

 

Hymn: Holy God, we praise thy name   para. Te Deum       Hymnal 1982 #366

Holy God, we praise thy Name, Lord of all, we bow before thee;
all on earth thy scepter claim, all in heaven above adore thee;
infinite thy vast domain, everlasting is thy reign.

Hark, the loud celestial hymn angel choirs above are raising;
cherubim and seraphim, in unceasing chorus praising,
fill the heavens with sweet accord: holy, holy, holy Lord!

Lo, the apostolic train join, thy sacred Name to hallow;
prophets swell the loud refrain, and the white-robed martyrs follow;
and, from morn till set of sun, through the Church the song goes on.

Holy Father, holy Son, Holy Spirit, Three we name thee,
while in essence only One, undivided God we claim thee;
then, adoring, bend the knee and confess the mystery.

Blessing

The Lord bless you and keep you. Amen.

The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. Amen.

The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. Amen.

The Lord God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the holy and undivided Trinity, guard you, save you, and bring you to that heavenly City, where he lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

About Episcopal Worship and this Pentecost Service

The First Sunday after Pentecost is also known as Trinity Sunday. We celebrate that mystery in song, word, and art, mindful that we may never understand how God is three in one and one in three, and yet empowered nonetheless by that God whose name is love, and whose yoke is easy and whose burden, in all possible meanings of the term, is light.

Christian worship is designed to have the congregation gather for prayer, lessons, the Eucharist, and song. In times of contagion and quarantine, the community may not gather or share the Eucharist. We have adapted this service to the conditions of the time, celebrating Morning Prayer in the Presence of the Reserved Sacrament, honoring God with our daily office prayers, thanksgivings, lessons, canticles, and hymns.

We give thanks this morning for our reader, Olivia Lee, and our video compiler and editor, Gabriel Wilkins.

Image credits: Celtic trinity knot, from hoodie © Fox Vox; Roman de la rose, public domain; Ruah breath: © almostdailyprayer.com; candle: © Marc Ignatio.

This booklet is designed for you to use on your own, in addition to being a guide to worship online. The readings, prayers, and liturgies are taken or adapted from those in The Book of Common Prayer, The Book of Occasional Services, Enriching Our Worship 1, and the hymnals. You will find links to these resources below.

 

 

 

Resources (available for free online)

Book of Common Prayer, www.bcponline.org

Enriching Our Worship 1, https://www.churchpublishing.org/siteassets/pdf/enriching-our-worship-1/enrichingourworship1.pdf

Enriching Our Worship 2,

https://www.churchpublishing.org/siteassets/pdf/enriching-our-worship-2/enrichingourworship2.pdf

These resources contain the prayers and worship services used in The Episcopal Church and by Episcopalians in their daily devotions.

The Revised Common Lectionary and Daily Office, https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/

This source shows the readings assigned for use in Sunday worship and for daily office use for each day of the year, with links to online biblical texts.

Hymnal 1982: https://hymnary.org/hymnal/EH1982

Hymnal 1940: https://hymnary.org/hymnal/HPEC1940

 

The Episcopal Church: www.episcopalchurch.org

Episcopal News Service: www.episcopalnewsservice.org

The Episcopal Diocese of Washington: www.edow.org

St. Mark’s, Fairland: www.stmarks-silverspring.org

 

A Prayer in Times of Sickness and Contagion

Heavenly Father, giver of life and health, source of all wisdom and peace: Comfort and relieve your servants who suffer from sickness or fear, give your power of healing to those who minister to their needs, and let your grace be with all those who work to protect us from contagion and disease. May we be strengthened against any weakness, sickness, fear, and doubt, and place our confidence in your loving care through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.