Daily Bible Reading

8th Sunday after Trinity Sunday

Liturgical Color: Green

Introit

WE HAVE || thought, O God, on Your loving- | kind- | ness, *

In the midst | of | Your | tem- | ple.

|| According to Your name, O God, so is Your praise to the ends of the | earth; | - *

Your right hand is full | of | right- | eous- | ness. (Psalm 48:9–10)

|| Great is the Lord, and greatly to be | praised | - *

In the city of our God, in His | ho- | ly | moun- | tain.

|| God is in her | pa-la- | ces; *

He is known | as | her | re- | fuge.

|| Let Mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be | glad, | - *

Because | of | Your | judg- | ments.

|| For this is God, our God forever and | ev- | er; *

He will be our guide ev- | en | un- | to | death. (Ps. 48:1, 3, 11, and 14)

GLORIA PATRI (From Hymnal)

|| We have thought, O God, on Your loving- | kind- | ness, *

In the midst | of | Your | tem- | ple.

|| According to Your name, O God, so is Your praise to the ends of the | earth; | - *

Your right hand is full | of | right- | eous- | ness. (Psalm 48:9–10)

Psalm Readings

Matins: Psalm 119:57-64

Vespers: Psalm 126

Collect

Grant to us, Lord, we beseech Thee, the Spirit to think and do always such things as are right, that we, who cannot do anything that is good without Thee, may by Thee be enabled to live according to Thy will; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

First Reading: Rom. 8:12-17

Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

Gradual

|| Be my Rock of | re- | fuge, *

A fortress of de- | fense | to | save | me.

|| In You, O Lord, I put my | trust; | - *

Let me nev- | er | be | a- | shamed. (Psalm 31:2b, 1a)

Verse

Alle- | lu- | ia! *

Al- | — | le- | lu- | ia!

|| Give ear, O my people, to my | Law; | - *

Incline your ears to the words of my mouth. | Al- | le- | lu- | ia! (Psalm 78:1)

Second Reading: Matt. 7:15-23

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

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