Inclusive Lectionary: Saint Michael and All Angels

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Michael and All Angels

Genesis 28:10-17

Psalm 103:19-22

Revelation 12:7-12

John 1:47-51

 

THE COLLECT OF THE DAY

Eternal God,

you have ordained and constituted in a wonderful order

the ministries of both angels and mortals.

Grant that as your holy angels stand before you in heaven,

so at your command they may help and defend us here on earth;

through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS

God of glory,

as you have appointed angels to minister in your presence,

so may all our worship bring you worthy praise.

We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Eternal God,

you have fed us with the bread of angels.

May we who come under their protection,

like them give you continual service and praise;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Amen.


FIRST READING: Genesis 28:10-17

 

A Reading from the Book of Genesis.

 

          Jacob left Beersheba and went toward Haran. He came to a certain place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place.

 

          And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending upon it. And Yahweh, our God, stood beside him and said, “I am your God, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring; and your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you and in your offspring. Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

 

          Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, “Surely God is in this place and I did not know it!” And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”

 

Listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

Thanks be to God.

 


 

PSALM 103:19-22

 

God’s throne is set in heaven;

God’s rule has dominion over all.

 

Bless our God, you angels,

you mighty ones who do God’s bidding,

attentive to every word God speaks.

 

Bless our God, you heavenly hosts,

you faithful ones who do God’s will.

 

Bless our God, all creation,

to the farthest reaches of God’s reign:

O my soul, may God’s Name be blessed!


SECOND READING:  Revelation 12:7-12

 

A Reading from the Book of Revelation

          War broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought back, but they were defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

          Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming, “Now have come the salvation and the power and the holy rule of our God, and the authority of God’s Anointed; for the accuser of our comrades has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before God. They have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they did not cling to life even in the face of death.

“Rejoice then, you heavens and those who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to you with great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”

Listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

Thanks be to God.

 


GOSPEL READING: John 1:47-51

 

 

The Lord be with you.                         God be with you.

And with thy spirit.                            And also with you.

The Holy Gospel                                 The Good News

of our Lord Jesus Christ                       of Jesus Christ

according to John.                               according to John.

Glory be to Thee, O Lord.                  Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

          When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Now here is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!”

 

          Nathanael asked him, “How did you come to know me?”

 

          Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.”

 

          Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are indeed the Holy One of God! You are the Ruler of Israel!”

 

          Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these!” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon God’s Chosen One.”

 

The Gospel of Christ.                          The Gospel of Christ.

Praise be to Thee, O Christ.              Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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