Introit: Ps. xxvii: 8-9
The Lord is the strength of His people, and the protector of the salvation of His anointed. Save, O Lord, Thy people, and bless Thine inheritance, and rule them forever. [Ps.] Unto Thee will I cry, O Lord. O my God, be Thou not silent to me, lest I become like them that go down into the pit. Glory be.... The Lord....
O God of all power and might, who art the giver of all good things, implant in our hearts the love of Thy name; increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and by Thy mercy keep us in the same. Through our Lord....
Epistle: Romans vi: 3-11
A reading from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Romans.
Brethren: All we who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death. For we were buried with Him by means of Baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ has risen from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also may walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with Him in the likeness of His death, we shall be so in the likeness of His resurrection also. For we know that our old self has been crucified with Him, in order that the body of sin may be destroyed, that we may no longer be slaves of sin; for he who is dead is acquitted of sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall live together with Christ; for we know that Christ, having risen from the dead, dies now no more; death shall no longer have dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all, but the life that He lives, He lives unto God. Thus do you consider yourselves also as dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Gradual: Ps. lxxxix: 13, 1
Return, O Lord, a little, and be entreated in favor of Thy servants. Lord, Thou hast been our refuge from generation to generation.
Alleluia, alleluia. In Thee, O Lord, have I hoped, let me never be confounded. Deliver me in Thy justice, and release me. Bow down Thine ear to me; make haste to deliver me. Alleluia.
Gospel: Mark viii: 1-9
+ The continuation of the holy Gospel according to Mark.
At that time, when there was a great crowd with Jesus, and they had nothing to eat, He called His disciples together and said to them, "I have compassion on the crowd, for behold, they have been with Me three days, and have nothing to eat; and if I send them away to their homes fasting, they will faint on the way, for some of them have come from a distance." And His disciples answered Him, "How will anyone be able to satisfy these with bread here in a desert?" He asked them, "How many loaves have you?" And they said, "Seven." And He bade the crowd recline on the ground. Then taking the seven loaves, He gave thanks, broke them, and gave them to His disciples to distribute; and they set them before the crowd. And they had a few little fishes; and He blessed them, and ordered them to be distributed. And they ate and were satisfied; and they took up what was left of the fragments, seven baskets. Now those who had eaten were about four thousand. And He dismissed them.
Offertory: Ps. xvi: 5, 6-7
Perfect Thou my goings in Thy paths, that my footsteps be not moved. Incline thine ear and hear my words. Show forth Thy wonderful mercies, Thou who savest them that trust in Thee, O Lord.
Be appeased, O Lord, by our supplications, and graciously accept these offerings of Thy people; neither suffering the hope of anyone to be in vain, nor his prayer to remain unheard; that we may obtain that for which we faithfully pray. Through our Lord....
Communion: Ps. xxvi: 6
I will go round, and offer up in His tabernacle a sacrifice of jubilation. I will sing and recite a psalm to the Lord.
Grant, O Lord, that we who have been filled with Thy gifts may be cleansed by their virtue, and strengthened by their help. Through our Lord....