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: 2 Corinthians 4:13-18
But since we have the same spirit of faith, according
to what is written, "I believed and therefore I spoke," we also believe and
knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also
raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you.
For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having
spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our
outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment,
is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,
while we do not look at the things which are seen, but
at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are
temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 24:27-33,42-51
"For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to
the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
"For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be
"Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun
will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall
from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
"Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven,
and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son
of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
"And He will send His angels with a great sound of a
trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from
one end of heaven to the other.
"Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch
has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is
"So you also, when you see all these things, know that it
is near, at the very doors.
"Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord
"But know this, that if the master of the house had known
what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his
house to be broken into.
"Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming
at an hour when you do not expect Him.
"Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master
made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season?
"Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes,
will find so doing.
"Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over
all his goods.
"But if that evil servant says in his heart, 'My master is
delaying his coming,'
"and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and
drink with the drunkards,
"the master of that servant will come on a day when he is
not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of,
"and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with
the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
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