Twenty First Sunday After Pentecost|
Introit: Esther xiii: 9, 10-11
All things are in Thy will, O Lord; and there is none that can
resist Thy will; for Thou hast made all things, heaven and earth, and
all things that are under the cope of heaven; Thou art Lord of all.
[Ps.] Blessed are the undefiled in the way; who walk in the law of
the Lord. Glory be.... All things....
Lord, we pray Thee, keep Thy household the Church in continual
goodness; that through Thy protection it may be free from all
adversities, and devoutly given to good works, to the glory of Thine
Collects of the Season
Epistle: Ephesians vi: 10-17
A reading from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the
Brethren: Be strengthened in the Lord, and in the might of His power.
Put on the armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the
deceits of the devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and
blood, but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of
the world of darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high
places. Therefore, take unto you the armor of God, that you may be
able to resist in the evil day, and to stand in all things perfect.
Stand therefore having your loins girt about with truth, and having on
the breast-plate of justice, and your feet shod with the preparation
of the gospel of peace; in all things taking the shield of faith,
wherewith you may be able to extinguish all the fiery darts of the
most wicked one. And take unto you the helmet of salvation, and the
sword of the spirit which is the word of God.
Gradual: Ps. lxxxix: 1-2
Lord, Thou hast been our refuge from generation to generation.
Before the mountains were made, or the earth and the world was formed;
from eternity to eternity Thou art God.
Alleluia, alleluia. When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of
Jacob from a barbarous people. Alleluia.
Gospel: Matthew xviii: 23-35
The continuation of the holy Gospel according to Matthew.
At that time Jesus spoke to His disciples this parable: "The kingdom
of heaven is like a king who would take an account of his servants.
And when he had begun to take the account, one was brought to him that
owed him ten thousand talents: and as he had not wherewith to pay, his
lord commanded that he should be sold, and his wife and his children,
and all that he had, and payment made. But that servant falling down,
besought him, saying, 'Have patience with me and I will pay they all.'
And the lord of that servant being moved with pity, let him go, and
forgave him the debt. But when that servant was gone out, he found
one of his fellow servants that owed him a hundred denarii: and laying
hold of him, he throttled him, saying, 'Pay what thou owest.' And his
fellow servant falling down besought him, saying, 'Have patience with
me, and I will pay thee all.' But he would not; but went and cast him
into prison until he paid the debt. Now his fellow servants, seeing
what was done, were very much grieved; and they came and told their
lord all that was done. Then his lord called him and said to him,
'Thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all thy debt, because thou
besought me; shouldst not thou then have had compassion also on thy
fellow servant, even as I had compassion on thee? And his lord being
angry delivered him to the torturers until he paid all the debt. So
also shall my heavenly father do to you, if you forgive not every one
his brother from your hearts.
Offertory: Job i
There was a man in the land of Hus, whose name was Job, simple,
and upright, and fearing God: whom Satan besought that he might tempt:
and power was given him from the Lord over his possessions and his
flesh; and he destroyed all his substance and his children; and
wounded his flesh also with a grievous ulcer.
Graciously receive, O Lord, this holy offering, by which Thou
hast willed to be Thyself appeased: and in Thy powerful mercy restore
salvation unto us.
Secret prayers of the Season
of the Trinity
Communion: Ps. cxviii: 81, 84, 86
My soul is in Thy salvation, and in Thy word have I hoped. When
wilt Thou execute judgment on them that persecute me? the wicked have
persecuted me: help me, O Lord my God.
Having been fed with the food of immortality, O Lord: we beseech
Thee, that what we have received with out mouth, we may follow with a
Postcommunion prayers of the Season