Introit: Ps. liii: 6-7
Behold, God is my helper, and the Lord is the protector of my soul. Turn back the evils upon my enemies, and cut them off in Thy truth, O Lord, my protector. [Ps.] Save me, O God, by Thy name, and deliver me in Thy strength. Glory be.... Behold....
Let Thy merciful ears, O Lord, be open to the prayers of Thy suppliant people; and that Thou mayest grant them their petitions, make them to ask such things as shall please Thee.
Epistle: 1 Cor. x: 6-13
A reading from the first Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians.
Brethren: These things came to pass as examples to us, that we should not lust after evil things, even as they lusted. And do not become idolators, even as some of them were, as it is written, "The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play." Neither let us commit fornication, even as some of them committed fornication, and fell there in one day, twenty-three thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them tempted, and perished at the serpents. Neither murmur, as some of them murmured, and perished at the hands of the destroyer. Now all of these things happened to them as a type, and they were written for our correction, upon whom the final age of the world has come. Therefore, let him who thinks he stands take heed, lest he fall. May no temptation take hold of you, but such as man is equal to. God is faithful, and will not permit you to be tempted beyond your strength; but with the temptation will also give you a way out, that you may be able to bear it.
Gradual: Ps. viii: 2.
O Lord, our Lord, how admirable is Thy name in all the earth! For Thy magnificence is elevated above the heavens. Alleluia, alleluia. Deliver me from my enemies, O my God. And defend me from them that rise up against me. Alleluia.
Gospel: Luke xix: 41-47
+ The continuation of the holy Gospel according to Luke.
At that time, when Jesus drew near to Jerusalem and saw the city, He wept over it, saying, "If thou hadst known, in this thy day, even thou, the things that are for thy peace! But now they are hidden from thine eyes. For days will come upon thee when thine enemies will throw up a rampart about thee, and surround thee, and shut thee in on every side, and will dash thee to the ground, and thy children within thee, and will not leave in thee one stone upon another, because thou hast not known the time of thy visitation." And He entered the temple, and began to cast out those who were selling and buying in it, saying to them, "It is written, 'My house is a house of prayer,' but you have made it a den of thieves." And He was teaching daily in the temple.
Offertory: Ps. xviii: 9-12.
The justices of the Lord are right, rejoicing hearts, and His judgments sweeter than honey and the honey-comb; for Thy servant keepeth them.
Grant us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, worthily to frequent these mysteries. For as often as this saving Victim is offered up, so often is furthered the work of our redemption.
Communion: John vi: 57
He that eateth My Flesh, and drinketh My Blood, abideth in Me, and I in him, saith the Lord.
May our reception of Thy holy Sacrament, O Lord, both purify us from sin, and grant us unity in Thy service.