Daily Bible Reading

The Third Sunday After Epiphany

Chief Hymn: The Lutheran Hymnal #429

Liturgical Color: Green


WOR- SHIP || Him, all | you | His | an- - | gels.*
    Zion hears | and | is | glad. -
|| And the Daughters of | Ju- | dah | re- - | joice *
     Because of your judg- | ments, | O | Lord. -
|| The Lord reigns; let | the | earth | re- - | joice; *
    Let the multitude of | isles | be | glad! - (Psalm 97:7b, 8, 1)

Psalm Readings

Matins: Psalm 15

Vespers: Psalm 33

First Reading: Rom. 12:16-21

Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.


|| The nations shall fear the | name | of | the - | Lord, *
    And all the kings of the earth | Your | glo- | ry. -
|| For the Lord shall | build | up | Zi- - | on; *
    He shall appear in | His | glo- | ry. -
|| Alleluia! Alleluia! The Lord reigns; let | the | earth | re- - | joice, *
    Let the multitude of isles be glad! Al- | le- | lu- | ia! - (Psalms 102:15-16; 97:1)

Second Reading: Matt. 8:1-13

8  When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.” And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.


Almighty and Everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities, and in all our dangers and necessities stretch forth the right hand of Thy majesty to help and defend us; 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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