Sixth 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....
Grant, we beseech
Thee, almighty God, that ever meditating upon the truths Thou
hast proposed for our intelligence, we may in every word and work of
ours, do that which is pleasing to Thee
Collects of the Season
Epistle: 1 Thessalonians i: 2-10
A reading from the
Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Thessalonians.
Brethren: We give thanks to
God always for you all, making a remembrance
of you in our prayers without ceasing, being mindful of the
work of your faith and labor of your charity, and of the enduring of
the hope of our Lord Jesus Christ before God and
our Father -- knowing, brethren, beloved of God, of your election -- for
our Gospel has not been unto you in word only, but in power also, and in the
Holy Ghost, and in great fullness, as you know what manner of men we
have been among you for your sakes. And you
became our followers, and followers of the Lord, receiving
the word in much tribulation, with joy of the Holy
Ghost: so that you were made a pattern to all that believe in
Macedonia and in Achaia. For from you spread abroad the word
of the Lord, not only in Macedonia and in Achaia, but
also in every place your faith in God has gone forth,
so that we need not speak of it. They themselves relate how we were
able to convince you; and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living
and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven (whom He raised up from the
dead), Jesus, who has delivered us from the wrath to come.
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: 31-35
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 grain of mustard
seed, which man took and sowed in his field: which is the least, indeed of
all seeds: but when it is grown up, it is greater than all herbs and
becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and dwell in the
Another parable He spoke to them, "The
kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman
took and hid in three measures of meal, until the whole was
leavened." All these things Jesus spoke in parables to the
multitudes; and without parables He did not speak to them, that it might
be fulfilled which was spoken by the Prophet, saying, "I
will open my mouth in parables; I will utter
things hidden from the foundation of the world."
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.
May this oblation, O
God, we beseech Thee, cleanse and renew, govern and protect us.
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.
Being nourished, O Lord,
with heavenly delights, we beseech Thee that we may ever hunger after those
things by which we truly live.
Postcommunion prayers of the Season