Introit: Ps. xlvii: 10-11
We have received Thy mercy, O God, in the midst of Thy temple. According to Thy name, O God, so also is Thy praise unto the ends of the earth. Thy right hand is full of justice. [Ps.] Great is the Lord, and exceedingly to be praised, in the city of God, in His holy mountain. Glory be to the Father.... We have received....
Grant to us, O Lord, we beseech Thee, the spirit to think and do always such things as are right; that we who cannot exist without Thee may be able to live according to Thy will.
Epistle: Romans viii: 12-17
A reading from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Romans.
Brethren: We are debtors, not to the flesh, that we should live according to the flesh, for if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the spirit you put to death the deeds of the flesh, you will live. For whoever are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. Now you have not received a spirit of bondage so as to be again in fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons, by virtue of which we cry, "Abba! Father!" The Spirit Himself gives testimony to our spirit that we are sons of God. But if we are sons, we are heirs also: heirs indeed of God, and joint heirs with Christ.
Gradual: Ps. xxx: 3
Be Thou unto me a God, a protector, and a place of refuge, to save me. In Thee, O God, have I hoped. O Lord, let me never be confounded.
Alleluia, alleluia. Great is the Lord, and exceedingly to be praised in the city of our God, in His holy mountain. Alleluia.
Gospel: Luke xvi: 1-9
+ The continuation of the holy Gospel according to Luke.
At that time, Jesus spoke to the disciples this parable: "There was a certain rich man who had a steward, who was reported to him as squandering his possessions. And he called him and said to him, `What is this I hear of thee? Make an accounting of thy stewardship, for thou canst be steward no longer.` And the steward said within himself, `What am I to do, seeing that my master is taking away the stewardship from me? To dig I am not able; to beg I am ashamed. I know what I shall do, that when I am removed from my stewardship they may receive me into their houses.` And he summoned each of his master's debtors, and said to the first, `How much dost thou owe my master?` And he said, `A hundred jars of oil.` He said to him, `Take thy bond, and sit down at once, and write fifty.` Then he said to another, `How much dost thou owe?` He said, `A hundred kors of wheat.` He said to him, `Take thy bond, and write eighty.` And the master commended the unjust steward, in that he acted prudently; for the children of this world, in relation to their own generation, are more prudent than the children of light. And I say to you, make friends for yourselves with the mammon of wickedness, so that when you fail, they may receive you unto everlasting dwellings."
Offertory: Ps. xvii: 28, 32
Thou wilt save the humble people, O Lord, and wilt bring down the eyes of the proud, for who is God but Thee, O Lord?
Receive, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the gifts of Thy bounty which we bring to Thee, and by the power of Thy grace, may these holy mysteries sanctify our lives in this world, and bring us to the joys of eternity.
Communion: Ps. xxxiii: 9
Taste and see that the Lord is sweet. Blessed is the man that hopeth in Him.
May this heavenly mystery, O Lord, heal us both in soul and in body, and may we ever feel within us the power of the Sacrament we celebrate.