READINGS – MAY 26

 

FIRST LESSON                                                                                  Acts 16:9-15
Lector         A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
 
During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, "Come over to Macedonia and help us." When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them. We set sail from Troas and took a straight course to Samothrace, the following day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city for some days. On the sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered there. A certain woman named Lydia, a worshiper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul. When she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, "If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home." And she prevailed upon us.
 
SECOND LESSON                                                  Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5
Lector     A reading from the Revelation to Saint John.
 
In the spirit the angel carried me away to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. Its gates will never be shut by day-- and there will be no night there. People will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. But nothing unclean will enter it, nor anyone who practices abomination or falsehood, but only those who are written in the Lamb's book of life. Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. Nothing accursed will be found there any more. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him; they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.
 
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Let us pray in union with our risen Lord, in the power of the Holy Spirit, the Counselor, saying: Lord, have mercy.
 
For the peace of Christ, his own gift to his apostles, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.
 
For all who hold authority in this world and in the Church, that the Holy Spirit may guide them into the ways of justice, peace, and truth, for the good of all people everywhere, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.
 
For those whose hearts are troubled, through hunger, fear, poverty, sickness, loneliness, or for whatever reason, that the love of Christ may make its home with them and fill them with all peace, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.
 
For all who have been baptized into Christ’s death and resurrection, that we may love Christ and keep his word, and be made one with each other with Christ in God, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.
 
For the whole creation, for all men, women, and children everywhere, that we may all in our varied ways give praise to the God who made and loves us, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.
 
    [Here other intercessions may be offered.]
 
Lord Jesus Christ, you have sent your Holy Spirit to teach us and to bring to remembrance all you have done in the power of God. Be known to us, as you  have promised. Hear our prayers, grant us your peace and love, and give us those things which we need in this life. You live and reign for ever and ever. Amen