Thy friends, O God, are made exceedingly honorable; their principality is exceedingly strengthened. (Psalm) Lord, Thou hast proved me and known me: Thou hast known my sitting down and my rising up. Glory be to the Father. Thy friends…
O God, Who, through Thy blessed Apostles Simon and Jude, hast brought us to the knowledge of Thy name, grant that we may celebrate their everlasting glory by advancing in good works, and that we may advance in good works by celebrating their glory. Through our Lord.
Epistle – Ephesians 4:7-13
Brethren, to every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the giving of Christ. Wherefore He saith: Ascending on high, He led captivity captive; He gave gifts to men. Now, that He ascended, what is it, but because He also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.
And He gave some apostles, and some prophets, and other some evangelists, and other some pastors and doctors, for the perfecting of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ; until we all meet into the unity of faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the age of the fulness of Christ.
Thou shalt make them princes over all the earth: they shall remember Thy name, O Lord. Instead of thy fathers, sons are born to thee: therefore shall people praise thee.
Alleluia, alleluia. To me Thy friends, O God, are made exceedingly honorable: their principality is exceedingly strengthened. Alleluia.
Gospel – John 15:17-25
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: These things I command you, that you love one another. If the world hate you, know ye that it hath hated Me before you. If you had been of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember My word that I said to you: The servant is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you: if they have kept My word, they will keep yours also.
But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they know not Him who sent Me. If I had not come, and spoken to them, they would not have sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. He that hateth Me, hateth My Father also. If I had not done among them the works that no other man hath done, they would not have sin; but now they have both seen and hated both Me and My Father. But that the word may be fulfilled which is written in their law: They hated Me without cause.
Their sound went forth into all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.
While we honor the everlasting glory of Thy holy Apostles Simon and Jude, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that we may appease Thee through these sacred mysteries and thus the more worthily celebrate that glory. Through our Lord.
You who have followed Me shall sit upon seats, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
We who have received the Sacraments, humbly entreat Thee, O Lord, through the intercession of Thy blessed Apostles Simon and Jude, that this rite we perform in honor of their martyrdom, may profit us unto healing. Through our Lord.