The Introit

With a voice of singing, declare this with a shout of joy to the end of the earth.
Alle- | luia.*
The LORD has redeemed his servant Jacob! Alle- | luia.

Shout for joy to God, | all the earth;*
sing the glory | of his name.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen.

With a voice of singing, declare this with a shout of joy to the end of the earth.
Alle- | luia.*
The LORD has redeemed his servant Jacob! Alle- | luia.

The Collect of the Day

O God, the giver of all that is good, by Your holy inspiration grant that we may think those things that are right and by Your merciful guiding accomplish them; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

 
Moses and the Brazen Serpent  , 1727, by Pierre Hubert Subleyras, Italian from the  Philadelphia Museum of Art  

Moses and the Brazen Serpent, 1727, by Pierre Hubert Subleyras, Italian from the Philadelphia Museum of Art 

The First Lesson

Numbers 21:4-9

Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became very discouraged on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread.” So the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died.

Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord that He take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.

 

The Epistle

James 1:22-27

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

 
Ascension of Christ  , c. 1655, by Cornelis de Visscher, Dutch from the  Philadelphia Museum of Art  

Ascension of Christ, c. 1655, by Cornelis de Visscher, Dutch from the Philadelphia Museum of Art 

The Holy Gospel

John 16:23-30

Alleluia. Christ, who has redeemed us with his blood, is risen and has appeared
unto us. Alleluia. I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now
I am leaving the world and going to the Father. Alleluia.

“And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

“These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; but the time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but I will tell you plainly about the Father. In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you; for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God. I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to the Father.”

His disciples said to Him, “See, now You are speaking plainly, and using no figure of speech! Now we are sure that You know all things, and have no need that anyone should question You. By this we believe that You came forth from God.”