Introit: Ps. lxix: 2-3
Incline unto mine aid, O God; O Lord, make haste to help me. Let mine enemies be confounded and ashamed who seek my soul. [Ps.] Let them be turned backward and blush for shame who wish me evil. Glory be.... Incline....
Almighty and merciful God, of whose gift it cometh that Thy faithful people do unto Thee true and laudable service; grant, we beseech Thee, that we may run without hindrance toward the attainment of Thy promises.
Epistle: 2 Corinthians iii: 4-9
A reading from the second Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians:
Brethren: Such is the assurance I have through Christ towards God. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything, as from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God. He also it is, who made us fit ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the spirit; for the letter kills but the spirit gives life. Now if the ministration of death, which was engraved in letters upon stones, was inaugurated in such glory that the children of Israel could not look steadfastly on the face of Moses on account of the transient glory that shone upon it -- shall not the ministration of the spirit be still more glorious? For if there is glory in the ministration that condemned, much more does the ministration that glorifies abound in glory.
Gradual: Ps. xxxiii: 2-3
I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall ever be in
my mouth. In the Lord shall my soul be praised. Let the meek hear
Gospel: Luke x: 23-37
+ The continuation of the Holy Gospel according to Luke.
Offertory: Exodus xxxii: 11, 13, 14
Moses prayed in the sight of the Lord, his God, and said, "Why, O Lord, is Thine indignation enkindled against Thy people? Let the anger of Thy mind cease; remember Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to whom Thou didst swear to give a land flowing with milk and honey. And the Lord was appeased from doing the evil that He had spoken of doing against His people.
Mercifully regard, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the sacrifices that we lay upon Thine altar; that they may obtain pardon for our sins, and give glory to Thy name.
Communion: Ps. ciii: 13, 14-15
The earth shall be filled with the fruit of Thy works, O Lord, that Thou mayest bring bread out of the earth, and that wine may cheer the heart of man; that He may make the face cheerful with oil; and that bread may strengthen man's heart.
May we be quickened, O Lord, by participation in this holy mystery, and may it grant us both the expiation of our sins and the strengthening of our souls.