Monday 11 October

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Faithful Lord,
whose steadfast love never ceases
and whose mercies never come to an end:
grant us the grace to trust you
and to receive the gifts of your love,
new every morning,
in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

John 13.1–11
Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’ Jesus answered, ‘You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’ Peter said to him, ‘You will never wash my feet.’ Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.’ Simon Peter said to him, ‘Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!’ Jesus said to him, ‘One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.’ For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, ‘Not all of you are clean.’

Psalm 101
  I will sing of faithfulness and justice;
   to you, O Lord, will I sing.
  Let me be wise in the way that is perfect:
   when will you come to me?
  I will walk with purity of heart
   within the walls of my house.
  I will not set before my eyes
   a counsel that is evil.
  I abhor the deeds of unfaithfulness;
   they shall not cling to me.
  A crooked heart shall depart from me;
   I will not know a wicked person.
  One who slanders a neighbour in secret
   I will quickly put to silence.
  Haughty eyes and an arrogant heart
   I will not endure.
  My eyes are upon the faithful in the land,
   that they may dwell with me.
  One who walks in the way that is pure
   shall be my servant.
  There shall not dwell in my house
   one that practises deceit.
  One who utters falsehood
   shall not continue in my sight.
  Morning by morning will I put to silence
   all the wicked in the land,
  To cut off from the city of the Lord
   all those who practise evil.