Friday 23 April

God of hosts,
who so kindled the flame of love
in the heart of your servant George
that he bore witness to the risen Lord
by his life and by his death:
give us the same faith and power of love
that we who rejoice in his triumphs
may come to share with him the fullness of the resurrection;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

2 Timothy 2.3–13
Share in suffering like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving in the army gets entangled in everyday affairs; the soldier’s aim is to please the enlisting officer. And in the case of an athlete, no one is crowned without competing according to the rules. It is the farmer who does the work who ought to have the first share of the crops. Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in all things.
 Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David—that is my gospel, for which I suffer hardship, even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But the word of God is not chained. Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, so that they may also obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. The saying is sure:
If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
 if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he will also deny us;
 if we are faithless, he remains faithful—
for he cannot deny himself.

Psalm 126
  When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,︎
   then were we like those who dream.
  Then was our mouth filled with laughter︎
   and our tongue with songs of joy.
  Then said they among the nations,︎
   ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’
  The Lord has indeed done great things for us,︎
   and therefore we rejoiced.
  Restore again our fortunes, O Lord,︎
   as the river beds of the desert.
  Those who sow in tears︎
   shall reap with songs of joy.
  Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed,︎
   will come back with shouts of joy,
      bearing their sheaves with them.