Gregory of Nysaa, Bishop
Almighty God, who have revealed to your Church your eternal Being of glorious majesty and perfect love as one God in Trinity of Persons: Give us grace that, like your bishop Gregory of Nyssa, we may continue steadfast in the confession of this faith, and constant in our worship of you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who live and reign for ever and ever.??
The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; 8
The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; 9
The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. 10
More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 11
Moreover by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them there is great reward. 12
Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. 13
Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be innocent of great transgression. 14
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer. *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.
Old Testament 24
Wisdom moves more easily than motion itself; she is so pure that she penetrates everything. 25
She is a breath of God's power a pure and radiant stream of glory from the Almighty. Nothing that is defiled can ever steal its way into Wisdom. 26
She is a reflection of eternal light, a perfect mirror of God's activity and goodness. 27
Even though Wisdom acts alone, she can do anything. She makes everything new, although she herself never changes. From generation to generation she enters the souls of holy people, and makes them God's friends and prophets. 28
There is nothing that God loves more than people who are at home with Wisdom. Officiant: The Word of the Lord. The People:
Thanks be to God.
New Testament 17
And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. 18
For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. 19
Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20
having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21
in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22
in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. 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 John
People: Glory to You, Lord Christ.
Deacon: We are reading from John's Gospel chapter 14, beginning at verse 23
Jesus answered and said to him, 'If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24
He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father's who sent Me. 25
These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
After the Gospel reading, the deacon can elevate the book and says:
Deacon: The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ.