Conversion of Saint Paul
O God, who by the preaching of thine apostle Paul hast caused the light of the Gospel to shine throughout the world: Grant, we beseech thee, that we, having his wonderful conversion in remembrance, may show forth our thankfulness unto thee for the same by following the holy doctrine which he taught; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
New Testament 9
Indeed, I myself thought I must do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. 10
This I also did in Jerusalem, and many of the saints I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them. 11
And I punished them often in every synagogue and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly enraged against them, I persecuted them even to foreign cities. 12
While thus occupied, as I journeyed to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests, 13
at midday, O king, along the road I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining around me and those who journeyed with me. 14
And when we all had fallen to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me and saying in the Hebrew language, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.' 15
So I said, 'Who are You, Lord?' And He said, 'I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 16
But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you. 17
I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, 18
to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.' 19
Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, 20
but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance. 21
For these reasons the Jews seized me in the temple and tried to kill me. Officiant: The Word of the Lord. The People:
Thanks be to God.
God be merciful to us and bless us, And cause His face to shine upon us. Selah 2
That Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations. 3
Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. 4
Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy! For You shall judge the people righteously, And govern the nations on earth. Selah 5
Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. 6
Then the earth shall yield her increase; God, our own God, shall bless us. 7
God shall bless us, And all the ends of the earth shall fear Him. *At the end of the Psalms this is sung or said
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
New Testament 11
But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. 12
For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ. 13
For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it. 14
And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers. 15
But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb and called me through His grace, 16
to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood, 17
nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus. 18
Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and remained with him fifteen days. 19
But I saw none of the other apostles except James, the Lord's brother. 20
(Now concerning the things which I write to you, indeed, before God, I do not lie.) 21
Afterward I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia. 22
And I was unknown by face to the churches of Judea which were in Christ. 23
But they were hearing only, 'He who formerly persecuted us now preaches the faith which he once tried to destroy.' 24
And they glorified God in me. Officiant: The Word of the Lord. The People:
Thanks be to God.
Gospel Introduction to the Gospel:
Deacon:The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you. Or And with your spirit
Deacon: May the Lord be on our minds, on our lips, and on our hearts as we hear His Holy Gospel. The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew
People: Glory to You, Lord Christ.
Deacon: We are reading from Matthew's Gospel chapter 10, beginning at verse 16
Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. 17
But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues. 18
You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. 19
But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; 20
for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you. 21
Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. 22
And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.
After the Gospel reading, the deacon elevates the book and says:
Deacon: The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to You, Lord Christ.