St. Stephen’s Noon Mass Cancelled

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Thanks be to God for His goodness toward us through Jesus Christ His Son. We hope for better weather tomorrow for the Feast of St. John.

Have a blessed Christmastide.

Fr. Wayne

 

Saint Stephen, Deacon and Martyr
[December 26]
The Collect
GRANT, O Lord, that, in all our sufferings here upon
earth for the testimony of thy truth, we may steadfastly
look up to heaven, and by faith behold the glory that shall
be revealed; and, being filled with the Holy Ghost, may learn
to love and bless our persecutors by the example of thy first
Martyr Saint Stephen, who prayed for his murderers to thee,
O blessed Jesus, who standest at the right hand of God to
succour all those who suffer for thee, our only Mediator
and Advocate. Amen.

For the Epistle. Acts 7:55 – 60
STEPHEN, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up
steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and
Jesus standing on the right hand of God, and said, Behold,
I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on
the right hand of God. Then they cried out with a loud
voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one
accord, and cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and
the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet,
whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, calling
upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And
he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay
not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he
fell asleep.

The Gospel. St. Matthew 23:34 – 39
BEHOLD, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and
scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify;
and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues,
and persecute them from city to city: that upon you may
come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the
blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of
Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.
Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this
generation. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the
prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how
often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a
hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would
not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say
unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say,
Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

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