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Friday June 14 - Morning
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Friday June 14 - Morning

St Basil the Great

Recommended liturgies
ANZPB pp84-87 or pp128-130

The readings are those set for Morning Prayer for June 14.

Psalm 51
Judges 6:25-end
Luke 14:12-24

Psalm 51

1Have mercy on me, O God,
 according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
 blot out my transgressions.
2Wash away all my iniquity
 and cleanse me from my sin.

3For I know my transgressions,
 and my sin is always before me.
4Against you, you only, have I sinned
 and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
 and justified when you judge.
5Surely I was sinful at birth,
 sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
6Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
 you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

7Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
 wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8Let me hear joy and gladness;
 let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
9Hide your face from my sins
 and blot out all my iniquity.

10Create in me a pure heart, O God,
 and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11Do not cast me from your presence
 or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12Restore to me the joy of your salvation
 and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

13Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
 so that sinners will turn back to you.
14Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
 you who are God my Savior,
 and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15Open my lips, Lord,
 and my mouth will declare your praise.
16You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
 you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
 a broken and contrite heart
 you, God, will not despise.

18May it please you to prosper Zion,
 to build up the walls of Jerusalem.
19Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
 in burnt offerings offered whole;
 then bulls will be offered on your altar.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and shall be for ever. Amen.

Judges 6:25-end

25 That same night the Lord said to him, “Take the second bull from your father’s herd, the one seven years old. Tear down your father’s altar to Baal and cut down the Asherah pole beside it. 26 Then build a proper kind of altar to the Lord your God on the top of this height. Using the wood of the Asherah pole that you cut down, offer the second bull as a burnt offering.”

27 So Gideon took ten of his servants and did as the Lord told him. But because he was afraid of his family and the townspeople, he did it at night rather than in the daytime.

28 In the morning when the people of the town got up, there was Baal’s altar, demolished, with the Asherah pole beside it cut down and the second bull sacrificed on the newly built altar!

29 They asked each other, “Who did this?”

When they carefully investigated, they were told, “Gideon son of Joash did it.”

30 The people of the town demanded of Joash, “Bring out your son. He must die, because he has broken down Baal’s altar and cut down the Asherah pole beside it.”

31 But Joash replied to the hostile crowd around him, “Are you going to plead Baal’s cause? Are you trying to save him? Whoever fights for him shall be put to death by morning! If Baal really is a god, he can defend himself when someone breaks down his altar.” 32 So because Gideon broke down Baal’s altar, they gave him the name Jerub-Baal that day, saying, “Let Baal contend with him.”

33 Now all the Midianites, Amalekites and other eastern peoples joined forces and crossed over the Jordan and camped in the Valley of Jezreel. 34 Then the Spirit of the Lord came on Gideon, and he blew a trumpet, summoning the Abiezrites to follow him. 35 He sent messengers throughout Manasseh, calling them to arms, and also into Asher, Zebulun and Naphtali, so that they too went up to meet them.

36 Gideon said to God, “If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised— 37 look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said.” 38 And that is what happened. Gideon rose early the next day; he squeezed the fleece and wrung out the dew—a bowlful of water.

39 Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me. Let me make just one more request. Allow me one more test with the fleece, but this time make the fleece dry and let the ground be covered with dew.” 40 That night God did so. Only the fleece was dry; all the ground was covered with dew.

Luke 14:12-24

12 Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

15 When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.”

16 Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. 17 At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’

18 “But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’

19 “Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’

20 “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’

21 “The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’

22 “‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’

23 “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. 24 I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.’”


Gracious and eternal God,
you called your servant Basil of Caesarea
to be a defender of the faith
and an architect of Christian communities;
help us in our day
to interpret the faith to our world
and to build a society of love and justice;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Friday June 14 - Evening

St Basil the Great

Recommended liturgies
pp87-89 or pp130-132

The readings are those set for Evening Prayer for June 14.

Psalm 38
Job 24
Romans 11:1-12

Psalm 38

1 Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger
 or discipline me in your wrath.
2 Your arrows have pierced me,
 and your hand has come down on me.
3 Because of your wrath there is no health in my body;
 there is no soundness in my bones because of my sin.
4 My guilt has overwhelmed me
 like a burden too heavy to bear.

5 My wounds fester and are loathsome
 because of my sinful folly.
6 I am bowed down and brought very low;
 all day long I go about mourning.
7 My back is filled with searing pain;
 there is no health in my body.
8 I am feeble and utterly crushed;
 I groan in anguish of heart.

9 All my longings lie open before you, Lord;
 my sighing is not hidden from you.
10 My heart pounds, my strength fails me;
 even the light has gone from my eyes.
11 My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds;
 my neighbors stay far away.
12 Those who want to kill me set their traps,
 those who would harm me talk of my ruin;
 all day long they scheme and lie.

13 I am like the deaf, who cannot hear,
 like the mute, who cannot speak;
14 I have become like one who does not hear,
 whose mouth can offer no reply.
15 Lord, I wait for you;
 you will answer, Lord my God.
16 For I said, “Do not let them gloat
 or exalt themselves over me when my feet slip.”

17 For I am about to fall,
 and my pain is ever with me.
18 I confess my iniquity;
 I am troubled by my sin.
19 Many have become my enemies without cause;
 those who hate me without reason are numerous.
20 Those who repay my good with evil
 lodge accusations against me,
 though I seek only to do what is good.

21 Lord, do not forsake me;
 do not be far from me, my God.
22 Come quickly to help me,
 my Lord and my Savior.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and shall be for ever. Amen.

Job 24

1 “Why does the Almighty not set times for judgment?
 Why must those who know him look in vain for such days?
2 There are those who move boundary stones;
 they pasture flocks they have stolen.
3 They drive away the orphan’s donkey
 and take the widow’s ox in pledge.
4 They thrust the needy from the path
 and force all the poor of the land into hiding.
5 Like wild donkeys in the desert,
 the poor go about their labor of foraging food;
 the wasteland provides food for their children.
6 They gather fodder in the fields
 and glean in the vineyards of the wicked.
7 Lacking clothes, they spend the night naked;
 they have nothing to cover themselves in the cold.
8 They are drenched by mountain rains
 and hug the rocks for lack of shelter.
9 The fatherless child is snatched from the breast;
 the infant of the poor is seized for a debt.
10 Lacking clothes, they go about naked;
 they carry the sheaves, but still go hungry.
11 They crush olives among the terraces;
 they tread the winepresses, yet suffer thirst.
12 The groans of the dying rise from the city,
 and the souls of the wounded cry out for help.
 But God charges no one with wrongdoing.

13 “There are those who rebel against the light,
 who do not know its ways
 or stay in its paths.
14 When daylight is gone, the murderer rises up,
 kills the poor and needy,
 and in the night steals forth like a thief.
15 The eye of the adulterer watches for dusk;
 he thinks, ‘No eye will see me,’
 and he keeps his face concealed.
16 In the dark, thieves break into houses,
 but by day they shut themselves in;
 they want nothing to do with the light.
17 For all of them, midnight is their morning;
 they make friends with the terrors of darkness.

18 “Yet they are foam on the surface of the water;
 their portion of the land is cursed,
 so that no one goes to the vineyards.
19 As heat and drought snatch away the melted snow,
 so the grave snatches away those who have sinned.
20 The womb forgets them,
 the worm feasts on them;
the wicked are no longer remembered
 but are broken like a tree.
21 They prey on the barren and childless woman,
 and to the widow they show no kindness.
22 But God drags away the mighty by his power;
 though they become established, they have no assurance of life.
23 He may let them rest in a feeling of security,
 but his eyes are on their ways.
24 For a little while they are exalted, and then they are gone;
 they are brought low and gathered up like all others;
 they are cut off like heads of grain.

25 “If this is not so, who can prove me false
and reduce my words to nothing?”

Romans 11:1-12

1 I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don’t you know what Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel: 3 “Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me”? 4 And what was God’s answer to him? “I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” 5 So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. 6 And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.

7 What then? What the people of Israel sought so earnestly they did not obtain. The elect among them did, but the others were hardened, 8 as it is written:

“God gave them a spirit of stupor,
 eyes that could not see
 and ears that could not hear,
 to this very day.”

9 And David says:

“May their table become a snare and a trap,
 a stumbling block and a retribution for them.
10 May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see,
 and their backs be bent forever.”

11 Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. 12 But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their full inclusion bring!


Gracious and eternal God,
you called your servant Basil of Caesarea
to be a defender of the faith
and an architect of Christian communities;
help us in our day
to interpret the faith to our world
and to build a society of love and justice;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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