Holy Eucharist, Rite I (Traditional)
Since the Feast of St. Elizabeth of Hungary falls on the 3rd Sunday this month, followed by the Last Sunday after Pentecost (aka Christ the King Sunday) we will move our Rite I (Traditional language) celebration forward a week.
Today's 1st lesson continues our trip through the Exodus and into the Promised Land. In today's portion,Joshua calls upon the newly settled tribes of Israel to put away the idols of the lands that they have occupied and serve only the LORD (YAHWEH).
The second lesson continues Paul's first Epistle to the Thessalonians, as he addresses their fears that those who have already died have missed out on Salvation. The early Church believed that Jesus' 2nd coming would be immediate, and that He would take them directly into Heaven when he came. Now it is a generation later, and some were losing heart.
In our Gospel reading, Jesus tells the parable of the Wise and Foolish Bridesmaids, half of whom are prepared by having oil for their lamps at the coming of the groom (and half are not). The punchline is to "Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour [of his coming]."
Readings for Proper 27, Track I, Year A:
Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18