Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS (Sep 30)
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
I am the salvation of the people, saith the Lord: in whatever tribulation they shall cry to Me I will hear them; and I will be their Lord for ever. Ps. 77, 1. Attend, O My people, to My law; incline your ears to the words of My mouth. in Gory be …
Almighty and merciful God, in Thy loving-kindness do Thou keep us from all things that war against us, that, being unhampered alike in soul and in body, we may with free minds perform the works that are Thine. Through our Lord.
Epistle • Eph. 4, 23-28
Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians.
[He exhorts them to unity, to put on the new man, and to fly sin.]
Brethren, Be ye renewed in the spirit of your mind: And put on the new man, who according to God is created in justice and holiness of truth. Wherefore putting away lying, speak; ye the truth every man with his neighbour; for we are members one of another.
Be angry, and sin not. Let not the sun go down upon your anger. Give not place to the devil. He that stole, let him now steal no more; but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have something to give to him that suffereth need.
Gradual. • Ps. 140, 2
Let my prayer be directed as incense in Thy sight, O Lord. The lifting up of my hands as evening sacrifice.
Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 104, 1. Give glory to the Lord, and call upon His name: declare His deeds among the gentiles. Alleluia.
Gospel • Matt. 22, 2-14
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew.
[The parable of the marriage feast. Christ orders tribute to be paid to Caesar. He confutes the Sadducees, shews which is the first commandment in the law and puzzles the Pharisees.]
At that time, Jesus spoke to the chief priests and Pharisees in parables, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened to a king, who made a marriage for his son. And he sent his servants, to call them that were invited to the marriage; and they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying: Tell them that were invited, Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my calves and fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come ye to the marriage. But they neglected, and went their own ways, one to his farm, and another to his merchandise.
And the rest laid hands on his servants, and having treated them contumeliously, put them to death. But when the king had heard of it, he was angry, and sending his armies, he destroyed those murderers, and burnt their city. Then he saith to his servants: The marriage indeed is ready; but they that were invited were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways; and as many as you shall find, call to the marriage. And his servants going forth into the ways, gathered together all that they found, both bad and good: and the marriage was filled with guests.
And the king went in to see the guests: and he saw there a man who had not on a wedding garment. And he saith to him: Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? But he was silent. Then the king said to the waiters: Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the exterior darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.
Offertory • Ps. 137, 7
If I shall walk in the midst of tribulation, Thou wilt quicken me, O Lord; and Thou wilt stretch forth Thy hand against the wrath of my enemies: and Thy right hand shall save me.
Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that these gifts, which we offer up in the sight of Thy majesty, may be salutary unto us. Through our Lord.
Communion • Ps. 118, 4, 5
Thou hast commanded Thy commandments to be kept most diligently: O that my ways may be directed to keep Thy justifications.
Let Thy healing power, O Lord, in mercy deliver us from our waywardness and cause us ever to cleave to Thy commandments. Through our Lord.