Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Introit • Ecclus. 36, 18
Give peace, O Lord, to them that patiently wait for Thee, that Thy prophets may be found faithful: hear the prayers of Thy servant, and of Thy people Israel. Ps. 121, 1. I rejoiced at the things that were said to me: We shall go into the house of the Lord. Gory be …
Let the operation of Thy mercy, we beseech Thee, O Lord, direct our hearts, for without Thee we can not please Thee. Through our Lord.
Epistle • 1 Cor. 1, 4-8
Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians.
[He reproveth their dissensions about their teachers. The world was to be saved by preaching of the cross, and not by human wisdom or eloquence.]
Brethren, I give thanks to my God always for you, for the grace of God that is given you in Christ Jesus, That in all things you are made rich in him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; As the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, So that nothing is wanting to you in any grace, waiting for the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ. Who also will confirm you unto the end without crime, in the day of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Gradual. • Ps. 121, 1, 7
I rejoiced at the things that were said to me: We shall go into the house of Our Lord. Let peace be in thy strength, and abundance in thy towers.
Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 101, 16. The gentiles shall fear Thy name, O Lord: and all the kings of the earth Thy glory. Alleluia.
Gospel • Matt. 9, 1-8
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew.
[Christ heals one sick of palsy: calls Matthew: cures the issue of blood: raises to life the daughter of Jairus: gives sight to two blind men: and heals a dumb man possessed by the devil.]
At that time, entering into a boat, he passed over the water and came into his own city. And behold they brought to him one sick of the palsy lying in a bed. And Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the man sick of the palsy: Be of good heart, son, thy sins are forgiven thee. And behold some of the scribes said within themselves: He blasphemeth. And Jesus seeing their thoughts, said: Why do you think evil in your hearts? Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins are forgiven thee: or to say, Arise, and walk?
But that you may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then said he to the man sick of palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go into thy house. And he arose, and went into his house. And the multitude seeing it, feared, and glorified God that gave such power to men.
Offertory • Ex. 24, 4, 5
Moses consecrated an altar to the Lord, offering upon it holocausts, and sacrificing victims: he made an evening sacrifice to the Lord God for an odor of sweetness, in the sight of the children of Israel.
O God, Who, through the august communication of this sacrifices, dost make us partakers of the one supreme divinity, grant, we beseech Thee that, as we know Thy truth, so we may ever follow it with worthy actions. Through our Lord.
Communion • Ps. 95, 8, 9
Bring up sacrifices, and come into His courts: adore ye the Lord in His holy court.
Strengthened by the sacred gift, we render thanks to Thee, O Lord, beseeching Thy mercy that Thou make us entirely worthy to partake thereof. Through our Lord.