The Introit

Be gracious to me, | O Lord,*
for to you do I cry | all the day.
For you, 0 Lord, are good and for- | giving,*
abounding in steadfast love to all who call up- | on you.

Incline your ear, O LORD, and | answer me,*
for I am poor and | needy.
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.

Be gracious to me, | O Lord,*
for to you do I cry | all the day.
For you, 0 Lord, are good and for- | giving,*
abounding in steadfast love to all who call up- | on you.

The Collect of the Day

O Lord, we pray that Your grace may always go before and follow after us, that we may continually be given to all good works; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

 
Elijah Raising the Widow's Son  , 1774 , by Benjamin West, English from the  Philadelphia Museum of Art

Elijah Raising the Widow's Son, 1774 , by Benjamin West, English from the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Gradual

Nations will fear the name | of the LORD, *
and all the kings of the earth will fear your | glory.
For the LORD builds up | Zion;
he appears in his | glory.

The Old Testament 

1 Kings 17:17-24

Now it happened after these things that the son of the woman who owned the house became sick. And his sickness was so serious that there was no breath left in him. So she said to Elijah, “What have I to do with you, O man of God? Have you come to me to bring my sin to remembrance, and to kill my son?”

And he said to her, “Give me your son.” So he took him out of her arms and carried him to the upper room where he was staying, and laid him on his own bed. Then he cried out to the Lord and said, “O Lord my God, have You also brought tragedy on the widow with whom I lodge, by killing her son?” And he stretched himself out on the child three times, and cried out to the Lord and said, “O Lord my God, I pray, let this child’s soul come back to him.” Then the Lord heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came back to him, and he revived.

And Elijah took the child and brought him down from the upper room into the house, and gave him to his mother. And Elijah said, “See, your son lives!”

Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now by this I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in your mouth is the truth.”

The Epistle

Ephesians 3:13-21

Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

 
Christ Resuscitating the Son of the Widow from Nain  , 1630s, by Claude Vignon, French from the  Philadelphia Museum of Art

Christ Resuscitating the Son of the Widow from Nain, 1630s, by Claude Vignon, French from the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Holy Gospel

Luke 7:11-17

Alleluia. You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield. Alleluia.

Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd. And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother.

Then fear came upon all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen up among us”; and, “God has visited His people.” And this report about Him went throughout all Judea and all the surrounding region.