23 June
Etheldreda, Abbess of Ely, c.678

Lesser Festival

Historical Note



Eternal God,
who bestowed such grace upon your servant Etheldreda
that she gave herself wholly to the life of prayer
   and to the service of your true religion:
grant that we, like her,
may so live our lives on earth seeking your kingdom
that by your guiding
we may be joined to the glorious fellowship of your saints;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Isaiah 61.10-62.5 NRSV NIV
2 Corinthians 10.17-11.2 NRSV NIV
Psalm 44.11,12,14-17
Matthew 24.22-26 NRSV NIV



Merciful God,
who gave such grace to your servant Etheldreda
that she served you with singleness of heart
and loved you above all things:
help us, whose communion with you
   has been renewed in this sacrament,
to forsake all that holds us back from following Christ
and to grow into his likeness from glory to glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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