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.
Old Testament 11
Then God said, 'Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth'; and it was so. 12
And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13
So the evening and the morning were the third day. 14
Then God said, 'Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; 15
and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth'; and it was so. 16
Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. 17
God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18
and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19
So the evening and the morning were the fourth day. 20
Then God said, 'Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.' 21
So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22
And God blessed them, saying, 'Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.' 23
So the evening and the morning were the fifth day. 24
Then God said, 'Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind'; and it was so.
16 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.