FIRST LESSON                                                                          Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Lector     A reading from the Book of the Prophet Jonah.
The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time, saying, “Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days' walk across. Jonah began to go into the city, going a day's walk. And he cried out, “Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth. When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.
SECOND LESSON                                                    1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Lector    A reading from the First Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians.
I mean, brothers and sisters, the appointed time has grown short; from now on, let even those who have wives be as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no possessions, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.

Let us pray to God, whose love to all that he has made is beyond measure.

Make your Church always worthy of her calling as the Bride of Christ. Give to all Christian people the virtues of faith and purity that shall show your glory before the world.

Bless the love which brings people together into a new unity. Be near to those soon to be married or recently married, and given them grace to continue in love and loyalty to the end of their lives.

Come with your generous care into our homes and into all the homes of this community. Bless the mothers who are caring for many needs, and refresh them when they are weary.

Look with mercy on those homes where love is threatened by poverty. Support and strengthen the parents who struggle to provide for their children.

We rejoice with those who take their part in the great supper of Christ, the Lamb of God. May the good wine of our communion here be a seal on our eternal life hereafter.

[Here other intercessions may be offered.]

Called to the feast of our Lord, we pray to be worthy of our calling. Amen.