O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Old Testament 8
1 Kings 17:8-16
Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying, 9
Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.' 10
So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, indeed a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, 'Please bring me a little water in a cup, that I may drink.' 11
And as she was going to get it, he called to her and said, 'Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.' 12
So she said, 'As the LORD your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.' 13
And Elijah said to her, 'Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son. 14
For thus says the LORD God of Israel: 'The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the LORD sends rain on the earth.' ' 15
So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days. 16
The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the LORD which He spoke by Elijah.
1 Officiant: The Word of the Lord. The People:
Thanks be to God.
In You, O LORD, I put my trust; Let me never be put to shame. 2
Deliver me in Your righteousness, and cause me to escape; Incline Your ear to me, and save me. 3
Be my strong refuge, To which I may resort continually; You have given the commandment to save me, For You are my rock and my fortress. 4
Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, Out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man. 5
For You are my hope, O Lord GOD; You are my trust from my youth. 6
By You I have been upheld from birth; You are He who took me out of my mother's womb. My praise shall be continually of You. 7
I have become as a wonder to many, But You are my strong refuge. 8
Let my mouth be filled with Your praise And with Your glory all the day. 9
Do not cast me off in the time of old age; Do not forsake me when my strength fails. 10
For my enemies speak against me; And those who lie in wait for my life take counsel together, 11
Saying, 'God has forsaken him; Pursue and take him, for there is none to deliver him.' 12
O God, do not be far from me; O my God, make haste to help me! 13
Let them be confounded and consumed Who are adversaries of my life; Let them be covered with reproach and dishonor Who seek my hurt. 14
But I will hope continually, And will praise You yet more and more. 15
My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness And Your salvation all the day, For I do not know their limits. 16
I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD; I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only. 17
O God, You have taught me from my youth; And to this day I declare Your wondrous works. 18
Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come. 19
Also Your righteousness, O God, is very high, You who have done great things; O God, who is like You? 20
You, who have shown me great and severe troubles, Shall revive me again, And bring me up again from the depths of the earth. 21
You shall increase my greatness, And comfort me on every side. 22
Also with the lute I will praise you -- And Your faithfulness, O my God! To You I will sing with the harp, O Holy One of Israel. 23
My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing to You, And my soul, which You have redeemed. 24
My tongue also shall talk of Your righteousness all the day long; For they are confounded, For they are brought to shame Who seek my hurt. *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 24
For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; 25
not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another -- 26
He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. 27
And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, 28
so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation. 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 Mark
People: Glory to You, Lord Christ.
Deacon: We are reading from Mark's Gospel chapter 12, beginning at verse 38
Then He said to them in His teaching, 'Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces, 39
the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts, 40
who devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation.' 41
Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. 42
Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. 43
So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; 44
for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.'
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 PeoplePrayers of the People for:
Brothers and sisters, since Christ has entered into heaven itself, to appear beforeGod the Father for us, let us bring our requests to the Father through Him.
For the promises of God.
That the Church will faithfully reflect the love and forgiveness the Father has displayed to us through Jesus, His Son. Lord in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.
That believers everywhere will continue to boldly proclaim the Gospel at every opportunity. Lord in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.
That those in public office will work tirelessly to eliminate injustice, poverty, discrimination and corruption. Lord in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.
That the Holy Spirit will pour out His Gifts abundantly upon the Church. Lord in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.
That those who have difficulty forgiving themselves will understand Jesus' one sufficient sacrifice for all sins. Lord in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.
That we, like the widow in the Gospel, will be faithful, generous givers. Lord in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.
That those who have lost loved ones will rest in Christ's promises. Lord in Your mercy, Hear our prayer.
Loving Father, You provide for all mankind's needs.
Hear our prayers and give us the grace to humbly trust You for all our needs.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.AMEN