2. Of the Holy Spirit

Almighty and most merciful God, grant, we beseech thee, that by the indwelling of thy Holy Spirit we may be enlightened and strengthened for thy service; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Lesson: Isaiah 61:1-3
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion--
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD
for the display of his splendor.

Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 12:4-14
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.

The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body--whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free--and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

Now the body is not made up of one part but of many.

Psalm: 139:1-17 or 139:1-9

  1. LORD, you have searched me out and known me; *
    you know my sitting down and my rising up;
    you discern my thoughts from afar.
  2. You trace my journeys and my resting-places *
    and are acquainted with all my ways.
  3. Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, *
    but you, O LORD, know it altogether.
  4. You press upon me behind and before *
    and lay your hand upon me.
  5. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; *
    it is so high that I cannot attain to it.
  6. Where can I go then from your Spirit? *
    where can I flee from your presence?
  7. If I climb up to heaven, you are there; *
    if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.
  8. If I take the wings of the morning *
    and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
  9. Even there your hand will lead me *
    and your right hand hold me fast.
  10. If I say, "Surely the darkness will cover me, *
    and the light around me turn to night,"
  11. Darkness is not dark to you;
    the night is as bright as the day; *
    darkness and light to you are both alike.
  12. For you yourself created my inmost parts; *
    you knit me together in my mother's womb.
  13. I will thank you because I am marvelously made; *
    your works are wonderful, and I know it well.
  14. My body was not hidden from you, *
    while I was being made in secret
    and woven in the depths of the earth.
  15. Your eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb;
    all of them were written in your book; *
    they were fashioned day by day,
    when as yet there was none of them.
  16. How deep I find your thoughts, O God! *
    how great is the sum of them!
  17. If I were to count them, they would be more in number
    than the sand; *
    to count them all, my life span would need to
    be like yours.
  18. Oh, that you would slay the wicked, O God! *
    You that thirst for blood, depart from me.
  19. They speak despitefully against you; *
    your enemies take your Name in vain.
  20. Do I not hate those, O LORD, who hate you? *
    and do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
  21. I hate them with a perfect hatred; *
    they have become my own enemies.
  22. Search me out, O God, and know my heart; *
    try me and know my restless thoughts.
  23. Look well whether there be any wickedness in me *
    and lead me in the way that is everlasting.

Gospel: Luke 11:9-13
"So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

"Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"

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