Let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord: seek ye the Lord, and be strengthened: seek His face evermore. (Psalm) Give glory to the Lord, and call upon His name: declare His deeds among the Gentiles. Glory be to the Father. Let the heart…
Grant, almighty God, we beseech Thee, that these fasts with chasten may also fill us with holy joy: so that, with our earthly affections weakening, we may more easily lay firm hold on the things of heaven. Through our Lord.
Epistle – IV Kings 4:25-38
In those days a Sunamite women came to Eliseus to Mount Carmel: and when the man of God saw her coming towards him, he said to Giezi his servant: Behold that Sunamitess.
Go therefore to meet her, and say to her: Is all well with thee, and with thy husband, and with thy son? And she answered: Well. And when she came to the man of God to the mount, she caught hold on his feet: and Giezi came to remove her. And the man of God said: Let her alone: for her soul is in anguish, and the Lord hath hid it from me and hath not told me. And she said to him: Did I ask a son of my lord? did I not say to thee: Do not deceive me? Then he said to Giezi: Gird up thy loins, and take my staff in thy hand and go. If any man meet thee, salute him not: and if any man salute thee, answer him not: and lay my staff upon the face of the child. But the mother of the child said: As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. He arose therefore, and followed her.
But Giezi was gone before them, and laid the staff upon the face of the child, and there was no voice nor sense: and he returned to meet him, and told him, saying: The child is not risen. Eliseus therefore went into the house, and behold the child lay dead on his bed. and going in he shut the door upon him, and upon the child: and prayed to the Lord. And he went up and lay upon the child: and he put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and he bowed himself upon him, and the child’s flesh grew warm. Then he returned, and walked in the house, once to and fro: and he went up and lay upon him: and the child gaped seven times, and opened his eyes.
And he called Giezi, and said to him: Call this Sunamitess. And she being called, went in to him: And he said: Take up thy son. She came and fell at his feet, and worshipped upon the ground: and took up her son, and went out, and Eliseus returned to Galgal.
Have regard, O Lord, to Thy covenant: forget not to the end the souls of Thy poor. Arise, O Lord, judge Thine own cause: remember the reproaches of Thy servants.
Gospel – Luke 7:11-16
At that time, Jesus went into a city called Naim: and there went with Him His disciples, and a great multitude. And when He came nigh to the gate of the city, behold a dead man was carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a great multitude of the city was with her. Whom when the Lord had seen, being moved with mercy towards her, He said to her: Weep not. And He came near and touched the bier. And they that carried it stood still. And He said: Young man, I say to thee, arise. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And He gave him to his mother.
And there came a fear on them all: and they glorified God, saying: A great prophet is risen up among us, and God hath visited His people.
O Lord, make haste to help me: let all those be confounded that desire evils to Thy servants.
Cleanse us, O merciful God, that the prayers of Thy Church which accompany these pious offerings and are already pleasing to Thee, may please Thee yet more through the purity of our minds. Through our Lord.
O Lord, I will be mindful of Thy justice alone: Thou hast taught me, O God, from my youth: and unto old age and grey hairs, O God, forsake me not.
Suffer not, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that these heavenly gifts which Thou hast provided for the healing of Thy faithful, should lead to the condemnation of those who receive them. Through our Lord.
Prayer Over the People
O God, Creator and Ruler of Thy people, drive forth the sins by which they are assailed: that they may be ever pleasing to Thee, and secure in Thy protection. Through our Lord.