Saint Michaels and All Angels
Everlasting God, you have ordained and constituted in a wonderful order the ministries of angels and mortals: Mercifully grant that, as your holy angels always serve and worship you in heaven, so by your appointment they may help and defend us here on earth; 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 Jacob went out from Beersheba and went toward Haran. 11
So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep. 12
Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13
And behold, the LORD stood above it and said: 'I am the LORD God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants. 14
Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed. 15
Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.' 16
Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, 'Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it.' 17
And he was afraid and said, 'How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!'
1 Officiant: The Word of the Lord. The People:
Thanks be to God.
Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! 2
Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: 3
Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, 4
Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, 5
Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. 6
The LORD executes righteousness And justice for all who are oppressed. 7
He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. 8
The LORD is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. 9
He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. 10
He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities. 11
For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; 12
As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. 13
As a father pities his children, So the LORD pities those who fear Him. 14
For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. 15
As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. 16
For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, And its place remembers it no more. 17
But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting On those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children's children, 18
To such as keep His covenant, And to those who remember His commandments to do them. 19
The LORD has established His throne in heaven, And His kingdom rules over all. 20
Bless the LORD, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word. 21
Bless the LORD, all you His hosts, You ministers of His, who do His pleasure. 22
Bless the LORD, all His works, In all places of His dominion. Bless the LORD, O my soul! *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 7
And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8
but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 9
So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 10
Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, 'Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. 11
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. 12
Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.' 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 1, beginning at verse 47
Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, 'Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!' 48
Nathanael said to Him, 'How do You know me?' Jesus answered and said to him, 'Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.' 49
Nathanael answered and said to Him, 'Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!' 50
Jesus answered and said to him, 'Because I said to you, 'I saw you under the fig tree,' do you believe? You will see greater things than these.' 51
And He said to him, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.'
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.