Readings for the Day
The Feast of St. John
1 John 1:1-9
Collect for the Day
Shed upon your Church, O Lord, the brightness of your light, that we, being illumined by the teaching of your apostle and evangelist John, may so walk in the light of your truth, that at length we may attain to the fullness of eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Sonnet for the Feast of St. John
you thundered white and black and dark and light,
and yet they knew you for your fervent love.
a simple man yet strangely erudite
with eyes that saw dark visions from above,
you wrote in words that children understand,
yet masters cannot plumb the depths therein.
apocalyptic dreams and visions grand
somehow conjoined a tender soul within.
apostle of such contrasts, i can see
how shaken was your heart, your mind, your world!
you heard, you saw, you touched the mystery!
around you winds of spirit rushed and whirled!
i pray god please confound me like st. john
that i may know the holy ground i’m on!