Saturday, September 22, 2012

Saturday in Pentecost, Proper 19: To see him perfectly is to be blessed

Opening Sentence
Thus says the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy, "I dwell in the high and holy place and also with the one who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble and to revive the heart of the contrite." Isaiah 57:15

Come, Now is the Time to Worship

Collect of the Day
O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Psalter: Psalm 75, 76

Lessons: Esther 2:5-8, 15-23; Acts 17:16-34; John 12:44-50

Once again reflecting upon these things, let us say that because the most pure and absolute Being which is being without qualification, is the first and the last, it is, therefore, the origin and consuming end of all things. Because it is eternal and most present, it therefore encompasses and enters all duration as if it were at one and the same time its center and circumference. Because it is utterly simple and the greatest, it is, therefore totally within all things and totally outside them and thus "is an intelligible sphere whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere." Because it is most actual and unchangeable, therefore "while remaining stable, it gives motions to all things." Because it is most perfect and immense, it is, therefore, within all things, but not enclosed; outside all things, but not excluded; above all things, but not aloof; below all things, but not debased. Finally, because it is supremely one and all-inclusive, it is, therefore, all in all, although all things are many and it is itself only one, and this is so because, through its most simply unity, most serene truth and most sincere goodness, there is in it all power, all exemplarity and all communicability. Consequently, from him, through him and in him are all things; for he is all-powerful, all-knowing and to see him perfectly is to be blessed, as was said to Moses: I will show you all good.

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