Daily Bible Reading

Second to Last Sunday of the Church Year

Liturgical Color: Green

Introit

SAVE - ME, - || O | God, | by | Your | name, *

And vindicate | me | by | Your | strength. -

|| Hear | my | pray-er, | O | God; *

Give ear to the | words | of | my | mouth. - (Psalm 54:1–2)

|| For strangers have risen | up | a- | gainst | me; *

They have not set | God | be- | fore | them. -

|| Behold, God | is | my | help- | er; *

The Lord is with those who | up- | hold | my | life. -

|| He will repay my enemies | for | their | e- | vil. *

Cut them | off | in | Your | truth. -

|| He has delivered me out | of | all | trou- | ble, *

And my eye has seen its desire upon | my | en- | e | mies. - (Psalm 54:3a, c, 4, 5, and 7)

GLORIA PATRI (From Hymnal)

|| Save me, O | God, | by | Your | name, *

And vindicate | me | by | Your | strength. -

|| Hear | my | pray-er, | O | God; *

Give ear to the | words | of | my | mouth. - (Psalm 54:1–2)

Psalm Readings

Matins: Psalm 111

Vespers: Psalm 18:46-50

First Reading: 2 Thess. 1:3-10

We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other, so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure, which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer; since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you, and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed.

Gradual

|| He shall call to the heav- | ens | from | a- | bove, *

And to the earth, that He may | judge | His | peo- | ple. -

|| Let the heavens declare | His | right- | eous- | ness, *

For God | Him- | self | is | Judge. - (Psalm 50:4, 6)

Verse

|| Al- | — | le- | lu- | ia! *

Al- | — | le- | lu- | ia! -

|| The ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with sing -ing, (+) with everlasting | joy | on | their | heads. *

They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. | Al- | le- | lu- | ia! - (Isaiah 35:10)

Second Reading: Matt. 25:31-46

“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Collect

O God, so rule and govern our hearts and minds by Thy Holy Spirit that, being ever mindful of the end of all things and the day of Thy just judgment, we may be stirred up to holiness of living here and dwell with Thee forever hereafter; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

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