The Introit

O Lord, I have trusted in your | steadfast love;*
my heart shall rejoice in your sal-| vation.
I will sing | to the LORD,*
because he has dealt bountifully | with me.

How long, O LORD? Will you forget me for- | ever?*
How long will you hide your | face from me?
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.

O Lord, I have trusted in your | steadfast love;*
my heart shall rejoice in your sal-| vation.
I will sing | to the LORD,*
because he has dealt bountifully | with me.

The Collect of the Day

O God, the strength of all who trust in You, mercifully accept our prayers; and because through the weakness of our mortal nature we can do no good thing, grant us Your grace to keep Your commandments that we may please You in both will and deed; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 
The Angel Promises Abraham a Son  , 1638, by Gerrit Claesz Bleker, Netherlands from the  Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Angel Promises Abraham a Son, 1638, by Gerrit Claesz Bleker, Netherlands from the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Gradual

I said, "O LORD, be gra- | cious to me ;*
heal me, for I have sinned a- | gainst you!"
Blessed is the one who consid- | ers the poor!*
In the day of trouble the LORD de- | livers him.

The Old Testament 

Genesis 15:1-6

After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”

But Abram said, “Lord God, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” Then Abram said, “Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!”

And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.” Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”

And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.

 

The Epistle

1 John 4:16-21

And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.

If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.

 
The Supper at Emmaus  , 1642, by Sébastien Vouillemont, Italy. from the  Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Supper at Emmaus, 1642, by Sébastien Vouillemont, Italy. from the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Holy Gospel

Luke 16:19-31

Alleluia. O LORD my God, in you do I take refuge; save me from all my pursuers
and deliver me.  Alleluia.

“There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

“Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’

“Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’”