Fifth Sunday After Epiphany Celebrated After Pentecost
Introit: Jer. xxix: 11, 12, 14
The Lord saith: "I think thoughts of peace, and not of
affliction. You shall call upon Me, and I will hear you, and I will
bring back your captivity from all places." [Ps.] Lord, Thou hast
blessed Thy Land. Thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacob.
Glory be.... The Lord saith....
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
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 our Lord.
Gradual: Ps. xliii: 8-9
Thou hast delivered us, O Lord, from them that afflict us; and
hast put them to shame that hate us. In God we will glory all the
day, and in Thy name we will give praise for ever.
Alleluia, alleluia. From the depths I have cried to Thee, O
Lord. Lord hear my prayer. 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: Ps. cxxix: 1-2
From the depths I have cried out to Thee, O Lord. Lord hear my
prayer. From the depths I have cried out to Thee, O 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
of the Trinity
Communion: Mark xi: 24
Amen I say to you, whatsoever you ask when you pray, believe that you shall receive and it shall be done to you.
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