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Peter stated to them, “You yourselves know that it’s illegal for a Jew to affiliate with or to go to a Gentile; however God has proven me that I mustn’t name anybody profane or unclean.”

Mothers Demand Motion for Gun Sense demonstration Tuesday on the Virginia State Legislature, the place a particular session to think about gun management laws become a political donnybrook as Republicans, clinging to slim majorities in each homes, adjourned and walked out. (Steve Helber/AP)

Ship out your mild and your reality, that they might lead me, and convey me to your holy hill and to your dwelling. Psalm 43:3

INVITATORY AND PSALTER

Lord, open our lips.
And our mouth shall proclaim your reward.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
because it was to start with, is now, and will likely be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.

Psalm 95:1-7

Come, allow us to sing to the Lord;
allow us to shout for pleasure to the Rock of our salvation.
Allow us to come earlier than God’s presence with thanksgiving;
and lift to the Lord a shout with psalms.
For you’re a nice God;
you’re nice above all gods.
In your hand are the caverns of the earth;
and the heights of the hills are yours additionally.
The ocean is yours, for you made it,
and your arms have molded the dry land.
Come, allow us to bow down and bend the knee,
and kneel earlier than the Lord our Maker.
For you’re our God,
and we’re the folks of your pasture, and the sheep of your hand.
Oh, that at present we’d take heed to your voice!

Psalm 18:1-20

1 I like you, O LORD my power, *
O LORD my stronghold, my crag, and my haven.
2 My God, my rock in whom I put my belief, *
my protect, the horn of my salvation, and my refuge;
you’re worthy of reward.
Three I’ll name upon the LORD, *
and so shall I be saved from my enemies.
Four The breakers of loss of life rolled over me, *
and the torrents of oblivion made me afraid.
5 The cords of hell entangled me, *
and the snares of loss of life have been set for me.
6 I referred to as upon the LORD in my misery *
and cried out to my God for assist.
7 You heard my voice out of your heavenly dwelling; *
my cry of anguish got here to your ears.
eight The earth reeled and rocked; *
the roots of the mountains shook;
they reeled due to your anger.
9 Smoke rose out of your nostrils
and a consuming hearth out of your mouth; *
scorching burning coals blazed forth from you.
10 You parted the heavens and got here down *
with a storm cloud beneath your toes.
11 You mounted on cherubim and flew; *
you swooped on the wings of the wind.
12 You wrapped darkness about you; *
you made darkish waters and thick clouds your pavilion.
13 From the brightness of your presence, by way of the clouds, *
burst hailstones and coals of fireside.
14 O LORD, you thundered out of heaven; *
O Most Excessive, you uttered your voice.
15 You loosed your arrows and scattered them; *
you hurled thunderbolts and routed them.
16 The beds of the seas have been uncovered,
and the foundations of the world laid naked, *
at your battle cry, O LORD,
on the blast of the breath of your nostrils.
17 You reached down from on excessive and grasped me; *
you drew me out of nice waters.
18 You delivered me from my robust enemies
and from those that hated me; *
for they have been too mighty for me.
19 They confronted me within the day of my catastrophe; *
however the LORD was my help.
20 You introduced me out into an open place; *
you rescued me since you delighted in me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
because it was to start with, is now, and will likely be for ever. Amen.

William Brassey Gap: David Enjoying on the Harp earlier than Saul

THE LESSONS
1 Samuel 16:14 – 17:11 (NRSV)

Now the spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him. And Saul’s servants stated to him, “See now, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you. Let our lord now command the servants who attend you to search for somebody who’s skillful in taking part in the lyre; and when the evil spirit from God is upon you, he’ll play it, and you’ll really feel higher.” So Saul stated to his servants, “Present for me somebody who can play effectively, and convey him to me.” One of many younger males answered, “I’ve seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite who’s skillful in taking part in, a person of valor, a warrior, prudent in speech, and a person of fine presence; and the LORD is with him.” So Saul despatched messengers to Jesse, and stated, “Ship me your son David who’s with the sheep.” Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a pores and skin of wine, and a child, and despatched them by his son David to Saul. And David got here to Saul, and entered his service. Saul beloved him significantly, and he grew to become his armor-bearer. Saul despatched to Jesse, saying, “Let David stay in my service, for he has discovered favor in my sight.” And every time the evil spirit from God came across Saul, David took the lyre and performed it together with his hand, and Saul can be relieved and really feel higher, and the evil spirit would depart from him.

Now the Philistines gathered their armies for battle; they have been gathered at Socoh, which belongs to Judah, and encamped between Socoh and Azekah, in Ephes-dammim. Saul and the Israelites gathered and encamped within the valley of Elah, and fashioned ranks in opposition to the Philistines. The Philistines stood on the mountain on the one aspect, and Israel stood on the mountain on the opposite aspect, with a valley between them. And there got here out from the camp of the Philistines a champion named Goliath, of Gath, whose peak was six cubits and a span. He had a helmet of bronze on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; the burden of the coat was 5 thousand shekels of bronze. He had greaves of bronze on his legs and a javelin of bronze slung between his shoulders. The shaft of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and his spear’s head weighed 600 shekels of iron; and his shield-bearer went earlier than him. He stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why have you ever come out to attract up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not servants of Saul? Select a person for yourselves, and let him come all the way down to me. If he is ready to struggle with me and kill me, then we will likely be your servants; but when I prevail in opposition to him and kill him, you then shall be our servants and serve us.” And the Philistine stated, “Right this moment I defy the ranks of Israel! Give me a person, that we could struggle collectively.” When Saul and all Israel heard these phrases of the Philistine, they have been dismayed and significantly afraid.

Canticle: The Music of Moses
Exodus 15:1-6, 11-13, 17-18

I’ll sing to the Lord, for he’s lofty and uplifted; *
the horse and its rider has he hurled into the ocean.
The Lord is my power and my refuge; *
the Lord has turn into my Savior.
That is my God and I’ll reward him, *
the God of my folks and I’ll exalt him.
The Lord is a mighty warrior; *
Yahweh is his Identify.
The chariots of Pharaoh and his military has he hurled into the ocean;
the best of those that bear armor have been drowned within the Crimson Sea.
The fathomless deep has overwhelmed them; *
they sank into the depths like a stone.
Your proper hand, O Lord, is superb in would possibly; *
your proper hand, O Lord, has overthrown the enemy.
Who could be in contrast with you, O Lord, among the many gods? *
who’s such as you, superb in holiness,
superior in renown, and employee of wonders?
You stretched forth your proper hand; *
the earth swallowed them up.
Along with your fixed love you led the folks you redeemed; *
along with your would possibly you introduced them in security to your holy dwelling.
You’ll carry them in and plant them *
on the mount of your possession,
The resting-place you will have made for your self, O Lord, *
the sanctuary, O Lord, that your hand has established.
The Lord shall reign *
for ever and for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
because it was to start with, is now, and will likely be for ever. Amen.

Cornelius, not only a foreigner to the Jews, however a Roman officer occupying their land, is an archetype of the righteous Gentile: recognized, trusted and God-fearing. Jesus referred to as him “essentially the most devoted man in Israel.” (iconographer unknown)

Acts 10:17-33 (NRSV)

Now whereas Peter was significantly puzzled about what to make of the imaginative and prescient that he had seen, out of the blue the lads despatched by Cornelius appeared. They have been asking for Simon’s home and have been standing by the gate. They referred to as out to ask whether or not Simon, who was referred to as Peter, was staying there. Whereas Peter was nonetheless enthusiastic about the imaginative and prescient, the Spirit stated to him, “Look, three males are looking for you. Now rise up, go down, and go along with them with out hesitation; for I’ve despatched them.” So Peter went all the way down to the lads and stated, “I’m the one you’re in search of; what’s the cause in your coming?” They answered, “Cornelius, a centurion, an upright and God-fearing man, who’s effectively spoken of by the entire Jewish nation, was directed by a holy angel to ship so that you can come to his home and to listen to what it’s a must to say.” So Peter invited them in and gave them lodging.

The subsequent day he obtained up and went with them, and a few of the believers from Joppa accompanied him. The next day they got here to Caesarea. Cornelius was anticipating them and had referred to as collectively his kinfolk and shut pals. On Peter’s arrival Cornelius met him, and falling at his toes, worshiped him. However Peter made him rise up, saying, “Get up; I’m solely a mortal.” And as he talked with him, he went in and located that many had assembled; and he stated to them, “You yourselves know that it’s illegal for a Jew to affiliate with or to go to a Gentile; however God has proven me that I mustn’t name anybody profane or unclean. So after I was despatched for, I got here with out objection. Now could I ask why you despatched for me?”

Cornelius replied, “4 days in the past at this very hour, at three o’clock, I used to be praying in my home when out of the blue a person in dazzling garments stood earlier than me. He stated, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your alms have been remembered earlier than God. Ship subsequently to Joppa and ask for Simon, who is named Peter; he’s staying within the house of Simon, a tanner, by the ocean.’ Due to this fact I despatched for you instantly, and you’ve got been sort sufficient to return. So now all of us are right here within the presence of God to take heed to all that the Lord has commanded you to say.”

Canticle: Glory to God
Gloria in excelsis

Glory to God within the highest,
and peace to his folks on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we provide you with thanks,
we reward you in your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, solely Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you are taking away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you’re seated on the proper hand of the Father:
obtain our prayer.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most Excessive,
Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
within the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Giovanni Batista Tiepolo: Ascension

Luke 24:36-53 (NRSV)

Whereas they have been speaking about this, Jesus himself stood amongst them and stated to them, “Peace be with you.” They have been startled and terrified, and thought that they have been seeing a ghost. He stated to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts come up in your hearts? Take a look at my arms and my toes; see that it’s I actually. Contact me and see; for a ghost doesn’t have flesh and bones as you see that I’ve.” And when he had stated this, he confirmed them his arms and his toes. Whereas of their pleasure they have been disbelieving and nonetheless questioning, he stated to them, “Have you ever something right here to eat?” They gave him a bit of broiled fish, and he took it and ate of their presence.

Then he stated to them, “These are my phrases that I spoke to you whereas I used to be nonetheless with you—that every little thing written about me within the legislation of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms have to be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to grasp the scriptures, and he stated to them, “Thus it’s written, that the Messiah is to undergo and to rise from the lifeless on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his title to all nations, starting from Jerusalem. You might be witnesses of this stuff. And see, I’m sending upon you what my Father promised; so keep right here within the metropolis till you will have been clothed with energy from on excessive.”

Then he led them out so far as Bethany, and, lifting up his arms, he blessed them. Whereas he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. They usually worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with nice pleasure; and so they have been regularly within the temple blessing God.

THE APOSTLES’ CREED

I imagine in God,
the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I imagine in Jesus Christ,
God’s solely son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the facility of the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered beneath Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the lifeless.
On the third day he rose once more;
he ascended into heaven,
he’s seated on the proper hand of the Father,
and he’ll come once more to evaluate the dwelling and the lifeless.
I imagine within the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the physique,
and the life eternal. Amen.

THE PRAYERS

The Lord be with you.
And in addition with you.
Allow us to pray.

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your Identify,
your kingdom come,
your will likely be executed,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us at present our each day bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those that sin in opposition to us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and ship us from evil.
For the dominion, the facility, and the glory are yours,
now and for ever. Amen.

V. Save your folks, Lord, and bless your inheritance;
R. Govern and uphold them, now and at all times.
V. Day-to-day we bless you;
R. We reward your Identify for ever.
V. Lord, maintain us from all sin at present;
R. Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.
V. Lord, present us your love and mercy;
R. For we put our belief in you.
V. In you, Lord, is our hope;
R. And we will by no means hope in useless.

St. Benedict, father of Western monasticism. About half the world’s Christians know him very effectively, whereas the opposite half by no means heard of him. The Gather of the Day signifies highlights of his communal method to humanity’s quest for non secular union with God: prayer, labor and hospitality. (artist unknown)

Gather of the Day: Benedict of Nursia, Abbot of Monte Cassino, c. 540

Eternal God, we provide you with thanks for the purity and humility with which you endowed your servant Benedict: Grant us grace, in union together with his instance and prayers, to hallow and conform our souls and our bodies to the aim of your most holy will; by way of Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Gather for Steering

Heavenly Father, in you we dwell and transfer and have our being: We humbly pray you so to information and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all of the cares and occupations of our life we could not neglect you, however could do not forget that we’re ever strolling in your sight; by way of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Regular & Relentless: 300 U.S. Gun Deaths a Week, Each Week

America’s Gun Toll
July 4-10, 2019
Supply: Gun Violence Archive

LAST WEEK
Whole Incidents: 1,304
Deaths: 311
Accidents: 821
Youngsters 11 & beneath injured or killed: 14
Youngsters 12-17 injured or killed: 76
Mass shootings, Four or extra: 18
Law enforcement officials injured or killed: 6
Civilians injured or killed by police: 50

YEAR TO DATE:
Incidents: 28,639
Deaths: 7,539
Accidents: 14,857
Youngsters 11 & beneath injured or killed: 340
Youngsters 12-17 injured or killed: 1,502
Mass shootings of Four or extra injured or killed: 222
Law enforcement officials injured or killed: 159
Civilians injured or killed by police: 1053

House invasions: 907
Defensive use: 757
Unintentional shootings: 770
excluding suicides

Professional-gun rights demonstrators have been additionally current on the Virginia Legislature, working their acquainted marketing campaign of intimidation. What are they going to do, shoot the Mothers? (Steve Helber/AP)

A Prayer to Finish Gun Violence
Diocese of Newark

Gracious Lord who loves us so completely, assist us to higher love you and one another. We weep for the gun violence that kills youngsters and so many others, the place weapons changed prayers and houses with out you bred frustration. Might hearts be modified by way of your Holy Spirit that justice, mercy, cash and, sure, even weapons may be used rightly beneath Heaven, by way of Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord. Amen.

Please add your personal intercessions, supplications and thanksgivings right here.

For the Mission of the Church

Almighty God, you despatched your Son Jesus Christ to reconcile the world to your self: We reward and bless you for these whom you will have despatched within the energy of the Spirit to evangelise the Gospel to all nations. We thanks that in all elements of the earth a group of affection has been gathered collectively by their prayers and labors, and that in each place your servants name upon your Identify; for the dominion and the facility and the glory are yours for ever. Amen.

Allow us to bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

God’s blessing be with us,
Christ’s peace be with us,
the Spirit’s outpouring be with us,
now and at all times. Amen.++

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