Gospel for first Morning Prayers echoes our school theme

posted Sep 7, 2011, 7:01 AM by fr.irenei@stjohnsacademysf.org
Today, Wednesday 7th September, the second day of school for this new school year, marks the first day in which we keep our customary Morning Prayers before the start of the school day (yesterday having begun with our start-of-year moleben). In accordance with today's commemoration of the holy Apostles Titus and Bartholomew, the second Gospel reading of the morning is from St Matthew -- and a passage very much in accord with our theme at the Academy this year: 'A Light that Shines'.

Matthew 5:14-19

King James Version (KJV)

 14Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

 15Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

 16Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

 17Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

 18For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

 19Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.