Prayer Before Reading Holy Scripture
O Master Who loves mankind, illuminate our hearts with the pure light of Your divine knowledge and open the eyes of our mind to understand the teachings of Your Gospel. Instill in us also the fear of Your blessed commandments, that we may overcome all carnal desires, entering upon a spiritual life and understanding and acting in all things according to Your holy will. For You are the enlightenment of our souls and bodies, O Christ God, and to You we give glory together with Your eternal Father and Your all-holy, gracious and life-giving Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.
Epistle Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:14-23
Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are
unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.
See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but
always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.
pray without ceasing,
in everything give thanks; for this is the will of
God in Christ Jesus for you.
Do not quench the Spirit.
Do not despise prophecies.
Test all things; hold fast what is good.
Abstain from every form of evil.
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you
completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved
blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Gospel Reading: Luke 17:3-10
"Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you,
rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.
"And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven
times in a day returns to you, saying, 'I repent,' you shall forgive him."
And the apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith."
So the Lord said, "If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can
say to this mulberry tree, 'Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the
sea,' and it would obey you.
"And which of you, having a servant plowing or tending sheep,
will say to him when he has come in from the field, 'Come at once and sit
down to eat'?
"But will he not rather say to him, 'Prepare something for my
supper, and gird yourself and serve me till I have eaten and drunk, and
afterward you will eat and drink'?
"Does he thank that servant because he did the things that
were commanded him? I think not.
"So likewise you, when you have done all those things which
you are commanded, say, 'We are unprofitable servants. We have done what
was our duty to do.' "