BETWEEN 13 NOVEMBER AND 19 NOVEMBER
SAMUEL 2:1-10 AS CANTICLE
you sent your Son Jesus Christ
to be the light of the world.
Free us from all that darkens and ensnares us,
and bring us to eternal light and joy;
through the power of him
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE FIRST BOOK OF SAMUEL
On the day when Elkanah
sacrificed, he would give portions to his wife Peninnah and to all
her sons and daughters; but to Hannah he gave a double portion,
because he loved her, though the Lord had closed her womb. Her
rival used to provoke her severely, to irritate her, because the
Lord had closed her womb. So it went on year by year; as often as
she went up to the house of the Lord, she used to provoke her.
Therefore Hannah wept and would not eat. Her husband Elkanah said
to her, "Hannah, why do you weep? Why do you not eat? Why is
your heart sad? Am I not more to you than ten sons?" After
they had eaten and drunk at Shiloh, Hannah rose and presented
herself before the Lord. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the
seat beside the doorpost of the temple of the Lord. She was deeply
distressed and prayed to the Lord, and wept bitterly. She made
this vow: "O Lord of hosts, if only you will look on the
misery of your servant, and remember me, and not forget your
servant, but will give to your servant a male child, then I will
set him before you as a nazirite until the day of his death. He
shall drink neither wine nor intoxicants, and no razor shall touch
his head." As she continued praying before the Lord, Eli
observed her mouth. Hannah was praying silently; only her lips
moved, but her voice was not heard; therefore Eli thought she was
drunk. So Eli said to her, "How long will you make a drunken
spectacle of yourself? Put away your wine." But Hannah
answered, "No, my lord, I am a woman deeply troubled; I have
drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have been pouring out
my soul before the Lord. Do not regard your servant as a worthless
woman, for I have been speaking out of my great anxiety and
vexation all this time." Then Eli answered, "Go in
peace; the God of Israel grant the petition you have made to
him." And she said, "Let your servant find favour in
your sight." Then the woman went to her quarters, ate and
drank with her husband, and her countenance was sad no longer.
They rose early in the morning and worshipped before the Lord;
then they went back to their house at Ramah. Elkanah knew his wife
Hannah, and the Lord remembered her. In due time Hannah conceived
and bore a son. She named him Samuel, for she said, "I have
asked him of the Lord."
1 SAMUEL 1:4-20
REFRAIN My heart exults
in the Lord; I rejoice in your salvation.
heart exults in the Lord, my strength is exalted in my God. My
mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation.
There is no Holy One like you, O Lord, nor any Rock like you, our
God. For you are a God of knowledge and by you our actions are
bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble gird on strength.
Those who were full now search bread, but those who were hungry
are well fed. The barren woman has borne sevenfold, but she who
has many children is forlorn. Both the poor and the rich are of
your making, you bring low and you also exalt. R
raise up the poor from the dust, and lift the needy from the ash
heap. You make them sit with the rulers, and inherit a place of
honour. For the pillars of the earth are yours and on them you
have set the world. R
1 SAMUEL 2:1-10
from Celebrating Common Prayer (Mowbray), (c) The Society of Saint
Francis 1992, is used with permission.
READING FROM THE LETTER TO THE HEBREWS
And every priest stands
day after day at his service, offering again and again the same
sacrifices that can never take away sins. But when Christ had
offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, "he sat
down at the right hand of God," and since then has been
waiting "until his enemies would be made a footstool for his
feet." For by a single offering he has perfected for all time
those who are sanctified.
the Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying, "This
is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says
the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write
them on their minds," he also adds, I will remember their
sins and their lawless deeds no more." Where there is
forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.]
HEBREWS 10:11-14 (15-18), 19-25
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO MARK
As Jesus came out of
the temple, one of his disciples said to him, "Look, Teacher,
what large stones and what large buildings!" Then Jesus asked
him, "Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be
left here upon another; all will be thrown down." When he was
sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James,
John, and Andrew asked him privately, "Tell us, when will
this be, and what will be the sign that all these things are about
to be accomplished?" Then Jesus began to say to them,
"Beware that no one leads you astray. Many will come in my
name and say, 'I am he!' and they will lead many astray. When you
hear of wars and rumours of wars, do not be alarmed; this must
take place, but the end is still to come. For nation will rise
against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be
earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but
the beginning of the birth pangs."
OVER THE GIFTS
in this eucharist we renew our baptismal covenant.
Help us, through our offering this day,
to renounce all things that draw us from your love.
This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
in this sacrament
we have shared the body and blood of Christ.
May we who have been nourished by holy things
bear witness to his light,
and share in his eternal priesthood;
for he is Lord for ever and ever.