Introit: Ps. lxxxv: 3, 5
Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I have cried to Thee all the day. For Thou, O Lord, art sweet and mild and plenteous in mercy to all that call upon Thee. [Ps.] Bow down Thine ear to me, O Lord and hear me, for I am needy and poor. Glory be.... Have mercy....
O Lord, we pray Thee that Thy grace may always precede and follow us, and make us continually intent upon all good works.
Epistle: Ephesians iii: 13-21
A reading from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the
Gradual: Ps. ci: 16-17
The Gentiles shall fear Thy name, O Lord, and all the kings of
the earth Thy glory. For the Lord hath built up Sion, and He shall be
seen in His majesty.
Gospel: Luke xiv: 1-11
+ The continuation of the holy Gospel according to Luke:
At that time, when Jesus went into the house of one of the leaders of the Pharisees on the Sabbath day to eat bread, they watched Him. And behold, there was a certain man before Him that had dropsy. And Jesus answering, spoke to the lawyers and the Pharisees, saying, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath day?" And they held their peace. But He, taking him, healed him, and sent him away. And addressing them, He said, "Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fall into a pit, and will not immediately draw him out on the Sabbath day?" And they could not answer Him these things. And He spoke a parable also to them that were invited, marking how they chose the first seats at the table, saying to them, "When thou art invited to a wedding, sit not down at the first place, lest perhaps one more honorable than thyself be invited by him; and he that invited thee and him, come and say to thee, 'Give this man thy place'; and then thou begin with shame to take the lowest place. But when thou art invited, go, sit down in the lowest place; that when he who invited thee comes, he may say to thee, 'Friend, go up higher.' Then shalt thou have glory before them that sit at table with thee: because every one that exalts himself shall be humbled, and he that humbles himself shall be exalted."
Offertory: Ps. xxxix: 14, 15
Look down, O Lord, to help me; let them be confounded and ashamed that seek after my soul to take it away. Look down, O Lord, to help me.
Cleanse our hearts, we beseech Thee, O Lord, through the effects of this sacrifice, and in Thy mercy make us worthy to partake thereof.
Communion: Ps. lxx: 16-17, 18
O Lord, I will be mindful of Thy justice alone. Thou hast taught me, O God, from my youth, and unto old age and grey hairs, O God, forsake me not.
In Thy loving kindness, O Lord, purify our souls, we beseech Thee; and quicken us to a new life by Thy sacrament, that in both the present and future, even our bodies therein may find relief.