As the eyes of servants are on the hands of their masters: so are our eyes unto the Lord our God, until He has mercy on us: have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us. (Psalm) To Thee have I lifted up mine eyes: Who dwellest in heaven. . Glory be to the Father. As the eyes…
Convert us, O God our Savior: and, that this fast of Lent may profit us, instruct our minds with Thy heavenly teaching. Through our Lord.
Epistle –Ezechiel 34:11-16
Thus saith the Lord God: Behold I Myself will seek My sheep and will visit them. As the shepherd visiteth his flock in the day when he shall be in the midst of his sheep that were scattered: so will I visit My sheep, and will deliver them out of all the places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. And I will bring them out from the peoples and will gather them out of the countries and will bring them to their own land: and I will feed them in the mountains of Israel, by the rivers and in all the habitations of the land. I will feed them in the most fruitful pastures, and their pastures shall be in the high mountains of Israel; there shall they rest on the green grass and be fed in fat pastures upon the mountains of Israel. I will feed My sheep and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord God.
I will seek that which was lost, and that which was driven away I will bring again; and I will bind up that which was broken; and I will strengthen that which was weak; and that which was fat and strong I will preserve; and I will feed them in judgment, saith the Lord almighty.
Behold, O God, our Protector, and look upon Thy servants. O Lord God of hosts, hear the prayers of Thy servants.
O Lord, repay us not according to the sins we have committed, nor according to our iniquities. O Lord, remember not our former iniquities, let Thy mercies speedily prevent us; for we are become exceeding poor. (Here kneel.) Help us, O God, our Savior: and for the glory of Thy name, O Lord, deliver us: and forgive us our sins for Thy name’s sake.
Gospel – Matthew 25:31-46
At that time Jesus said to His disciples: When the Son of man shall come in His majesty, and all the Angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the seat of His majesty: and all nations shall be gathered together before Him, and He shall separate them one from another, as the shepherd separateth the sheep from the goats; and He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on His left.
Then shall the King say to them that shall be on His right hand: Come, ye blessed of My Father, possess you the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me to eat: I was thirsty, and you gave me to drink: I was a stranger, and you took Me in: naked, and you covered Me: sick, and you visited Me: I was in prison, and you came to Me. Then shall the just answer Him, saying: Lord, when did we see Thee hungry, and fed Thee; thirsty, and gave Thee drink? And when did we see Thee a stranger, and took Thee in: or naked, and covered Thee? or when did we see Thee sick or in prison, and came to Thee? And the king answering, shall say to them: Amen I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to Me.
Then He shall say to them also that shall be on His left hand: Depart from Me, you cursed, into everlasting fire, which was prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry, and you gave Me not to eat: I was thirsty, and you gave Me not to drink: I was a stranger, and you took Me not in: naked, and you covered Me not: sick and in prison, and you did not visit Me. Then they also shall answer Him, saying: Lord, when did we see Thee hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to Thee? Then He shall answer them, saying: Amen I say to you: as long as you did it not to one of these least, neither did you do it to Me.
And these shall go into everlasting punishment: but the just into life everlasting.
I will lift up my eyes and consider Thy wonders, O Lord, that Thou mayest teach me Thy justices: give me understanding, and I will learn Thy commandments.
Hallow, O Lord, the gifts offered to Thee: and cleanse us from the stains of our sins. Through our Lord.
Amen I say to you: What you did to one of My least ones, you did to Me: come ye blessed of My Father, possess you the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
We who are filled with the gift of Thy salvation, humbly beseech Thee, O Lord, that as we rejoice in its taste, we may be renewed by its effect. Through our Lord.
Prayer Over the People
Let us pray – Bow down your heads before God.
Loosen, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the bonds of our sins; and mercifully turn away from us whatsoever we deserve for them. Through our Lord.