Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am afflicted: deliver me out of the hands of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me: O Lord, let me not be confounded, for I have called upon Thee. (Psalm) In Thee, O Lord, have I hoped, let me never be confounded; deliver me in Thy justice. Have mercy on me…
Mercifully pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts: that we who restrain ourselves from sin by voluntary chastisement may suffer for a time rather than be condemned to eternal punishment. Through our Lord.
Epistle – Jeremias 17:13-18
In those days Jeremias said: O Lord, all that forsake Thee shall be confounded: they that depart from Thee shall be written in the earth: because they have forsaken the Lord, the vein of living waters. Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed: save me, and I shall be saved: for Thou art my praise. Behold they say to me: Where is the word of the Lord? Let it come.
And I am not troubled, following Thee for my pastor: and I have not desired the day of man, Thou knowest. That which went out of my lips hath been right in Thy sight. Be not Thou a terror unto me: Thou art my hope in the day of affliction. Let them be confounded that persecute me, and let not me be confounded: let them be afraid, and let me not be afraid. Bring upon them the day of affliction, and with a double destruction destroy them, O Lord our God.
Mine enemies spoke peaceably to me: and in anger they were troublesome to me. Thou hast seen, O Lord; be not Thou silent: depart not from me.
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. (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 – John 11:47-54
At that time the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council against Jesus, and said: What do we, for this man doth many miracles? If we let Him alone so, all will believe in Him: and the Romans will come, and take away our place and nation. But one of them, named Caiphas, being the High Priest that year, said to them: You know nothing, neither do you consider that it is expedient for you that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.
And this he spoke not of himself: but being the High Priest of that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for the nation, and not only for the nation, but to gather together in one the children of God that were dispersed. From that day therefore they devised to put Him to death. Wherefore Jesus walked no more openly among the Jews: but He went into a country near the desert, unto a city that is called Ephrem, and there He abode with His disciples.
Blessed art Thou, O Lord, teach me Thy justifications; and give me not up to the proud that slander me: and so shall I answer them that reproach me any thing.
Grant, O merciful God, that we may ever deserve to minister worthily at Thine altars, and that we may be saved by our continual participation therein. Through our Lord.
Deliver me not over, O Lord, to the will of them that trouble me: for unjust witnesses have risen up against me, and iniquity hath lied to itself.
O Lord, let not the perpetual protection of the Sacrifice whereof we have partaken forsake us, and may it ever drive from us all that is hurtful. Through our Lord.
Prayer Over the People
Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that we who seek the grace of Thy protection, may be freed from all evils and serve Thee with a quiet mind. Through our Lord.