Fifth Sunday After Epiphany
Introit: Psalm xcvi: 7-8
Adore God, all you His angels. Sion heard and was glad, and the
daughters of Juda rejoiced. [Ps.] The Lord has reigned, let the
earth rejoice, let the many islands be glad. Glory be.... Adore
In Thine infinite
goodness, we beseech Thee, O Lord, to watch over Thy
household, that even as it relies solely upon the hope of Thy heavenly grace, so
it may ever be defended by Thy protection.
Collects of the Season after the Purification
Epistle: Colossians iii: 12-17
A reading from the
Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Colossians:
Brethren: Put ye on therefore, as the elect of
God, holy and beloved, the habit of mercy, benignity, humility, modesty, and
patience: bearing with one another, and forgiving one another,
if anyone has a complaint against another: even as the
Lord has forgiven you, so do you also forgive. But above all
these things have charity, which is the bond of perfection:
and let the peace of Christ reign in your hearts, wherein you
are also called in one body: and be ye thankful. Let the word
of Christ dwell in you abundantly, in
all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms,
hymns, and spiritual canticles, singing in grace in your hearts to God.
All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the name
of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God and the Father by Jesus Christ
Gradual: Psalm ci: 16-17
The Gentiles shall fear Thy name, O Lord, and all the kings of the
earth Thy glory. For the Lord has built up Sion, and He shall be seen
in His glory.
Alleluia, alleluia. The Lord has reigned, let the earth rejoice:
let the many islands be glad. Alleluia.
Gospel: Matthew xiii: 24-30
The continuation of the Holy Gospel according to Matthew:
At that time, Jesus spoke this parable to the
multitudes, "The kingdom of heaven is like a man that sowed good seed
in his field. But while men were asleep, his enemy came and
oversowed cockle among the wheat, and went his way. And
when the blade sprang up and brought forth fruit, there
appeared also the cockle. And the servants of the good man of
the house said to him, 'Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy
field? Whence then came the cockle?' And he said
to them, 'An enemy has done this.' And the servants said to
him, 'Wilt thou that we go and gather it up?' And he said, 'No, lest
perhaps, gathering up the cockle, you root up the wheat also together with
it. Suffer both to grow until the harvest, and at that time I will say to
the reapers, '"Gather up first the cockle and bind it in
bundles to burn, but the wheat gather ye into my barn."'"
Offertory: Psalm cxvii: 16,17
The right hand of the Lord hath wrought strength: the right hand of
the Lord has exalted me: I shall not die but live, and shall declare
the works of the Lord.
We offer Thee,
O Lord, the sacrifice of propitiation, that Thou mayest of Thy
mercy, absolve us from our sins, and Thyself direct our inconstant hearts.
Secret prayers of the Season after the Purification
of the Trinity
Communion: Luke iv: 22
All wondered at the things which proceeded from the mouth of the
We beseech Thee,
almighty God, that we may obtain the effect of that salvation,
the pledge of which we have received
in these mysteries.
Postcommunion prayers of the Season after the Purification