Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS (July 8)
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Introit • Ps. 46, 2
O clap your hands, all ye nations: shout unto God with the voice of joy. Ps. 46, 3. For the Lord is most high, He is terrible; He is a great king over all the earth. Glory be …
O God, Whose providence faileth not in setting things in order, we, Thy suppliants, beseech Thee, that Thou wouldst remove from us all things harmful and grant us all that makes for our welfare. Through our Lord.
Epistle • Rom. 6, 1-23
Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Romans.
[The Christian must die to sin and live to God.]
BRETHREN, I speak a human thing, because of the infirmity of your flesh. For as you have yielded your members to serve uncleanness and iniquity, unto iniquity; so now yield your members to serve justice, unto sanctification. For when you were the servants of sin, you were free men to justice.
What fruit therefore had you then in those things, of which you are now ashamed? For the end of them is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, you have your fruit unto sanctification, and the end life everlasting. For the wages of sin is death. But the grace of God, life everlasting, in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Gradual • Ps. 33, 12, 6
Come, children, harken to me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Come ye to Him and be enlightened: and your faces shall not be confounded.
Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 46, 2. O clap your hands, all ye nations; shout unto God with the voice of joy. Alleluia.
Gospel • Matt. 7, 15-21
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew.
[The third part of the sermon on the mount.]
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples, Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. By their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, and the evil tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can an evil tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit, shall be cut down, and shall be cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them.
Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Offertory • Dan. 3, 40
As in holocausts of rams and bullocks, and as in thousands of fat lambs; so let our sacrifice be made in Thy sight this day, that it may please Thee: for there is no confusion to them that trust in Thee, O Lord.
O God, Who hast sanctioned the diversity of offerings by the perfection of one sacrifice, receive the sacrifice offered Thee by Thy devoted servants, and sanctity it as Thou didst sanctify the gifts of Abel, that what each one hath offered to the glory of Thy majesty may profit for the salvation of all. Through our Lord.
Communion • Ps. 30, 3
Bow down Thy ear, make haste to deliver me.
May Thy health-giving operation, O Lord, mercifully rid us of our evil inclinations and unto rightful ways strongly lead us. Through our Lord.