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Sunday Readings

15 August


Almighty God,
who looked upon the lowliness of the Blessed Virgin Mary
and chose her to be the mother of your only Son:
grant that we who are redeemed by his blood
may share with her in the glory of your eternal kingdom;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

First Reading

Revelation 11.19 - 12.6,10

19God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple; and there were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail.

1A great portent appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. 2She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pangs, in the agony of giving birth. 3Then another portent appeared in heaven: a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. 4His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, so that he might devour her child as soon as it was born. 5And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron. But her child was snatched away and taken to God and to his throne; 6and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, so that there she can be nourished for one thousand two hundred and sixty days.

10Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming,  ‘Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Messiah, for the accuser of our comrades has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.’

Psalm or Canticle

Psalm 45.10-17

R The peoples shall praise you for ever.

10  Hear, O daughter; consider and incline your ear; *
forget your own people and your father’s house.

11  So shall the king have pleasure in your beauty; *
he is your lord, so do him honour. R

12  The people of Tyre shall bring you gifts; *
the richest of the people shall seek your favour.

13  The king’s daughter is all glorious within; *
her clothing is embroidered cloth of gold. R

14  She shall be brought to the king in raiment of needlework; *
after her the virgins that are her companions.

15  With joy and gladness shall they be brought *
and enter into the palace of the king. R

16  ‘Instead of your fathers you shall have sons *
whom you shall make princes over all the land.

17  ‘I will make your name to be remembered through all generations; *
therefore shall the peoples praise you for ever and ever.’ R

Second Reading

Galatians 4.4-7

4When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. 6And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’ 7So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.


Luke 1.46-55

 46‘My soul magnifies the Lord,
 47and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
48for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.
 Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
 and holy is his name.
50His mercy is for those who fear him
 from generation to generation.
51He has shown strength with his arm;
 he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
52He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
 and lifted up the lowly;
53he has filled the hungry with good things,
 and sent the rich away empty.
54He has helped his servant Israel,
 in remembrance of his mercy,
55according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
 to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’

Post Communion

God most high,
whose handmaid bore the Word made flesh:
we thank you that in this sacrament of our redemption
you visit us with your Holy Spirit
and overshadow us by your power;
strengthen us to walk with Mary the joyful path of obedience
and so to bring forth the fruits of holiness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Copyright acknowledgement (where not already indicated above):

Some material included in this service is copyright: ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA

Collect (Blessed Virgin Mary) ©  Church of the Province of Southern Africa (Anglican)

Some material included in this service is copyright: ©  The Archbishops' Council 2000

August 14th  2022

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