Perpetua, Felicity and their Companions
O God, the King of Saints, who strengthened your servants Perpetua, Felicity, and their companions to make a good confession and encourage one another in the time of trial: Grant that we who cherish their blessed memory may be encouraged by their prayers to share their pure and steadfast faith and win with them the palm of victory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Old Testament 10
Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days. 11
Then these men assembled and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God. 12
And they went before the king, and spoke concerning the king's decree: 'Have you not signed a decree that every man who petitions any god or man within thirty days, except you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions?' The king answered and said, 'The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which does not alter.' 13
So they answered and said before the king, 'That Daniel, who is one of the captives from Judah, does not show due regard for you, O king, or for the decree that you have signed, but makes his petition three times a day.' 14
And the king, when he heard these words, was greatly displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him; and he labored till the going down of the sun to deliver him. 15
Then these men approached the king, and said to the king, 'Know, O king, that it is the law of the Medes and Persians that no decree or statute which the king establishes may be changed.' 16
So the king gave the command, and they brought Daniel and cast him into the den of lions. But the king spoke, saying to Daniel, 'Your God, whom you serve continually, He will deliver you.' Officiant: The Word of the Lord. The People:
Thanks be to God.
New Testament 32
But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings: 33
partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated; 34
for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven. 35
Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. 36
For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: 37
For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry. 38
Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.' 39
But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul. 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 24, beginning at verse 9
Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name's sake. 10
And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11
Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12
And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13
But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14
And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.
After the Gospel reading, the deacon elevates the book and says:
Deacon: The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to You, Lord Christ.
Prayers of the People