Clap your hands, all ye nations: shout unto God with the voice of joy. (Psalm) For the Lord is high, He is terrible: a great King over all the earth. Glory be to the Father. Clap your hands…
O God, Whose providence faileth not in its designs, we humbly entreat Thee: put from us all that might be harmful and give us all that will be profitable. Through our Lord.
Epistle – Romans 6:19-23
Brethren: I speak an human thing, because of the infirmity of your flesh; for as you have yielded your members to serve uncleanness and iniquity unto iniquity, so now yield your members to serve justice unto sanctification. For when you were the servants of sin, you were free men to justice.
What fruit therefore had you then in those things, of which you are now ashamed? For the end of them is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, you have your fruit unto sanctification, and the end life everlasting. For the wages of sin is death. But the grace of God is life everlasting; in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Come, children, hearken to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Come ye to Him and be enlightened; and your faces shall not be confounded.
Alleluia, alleluia. O clap your hands, all ye nations; shout unto God with the voice of you. Alleluia.
Gospel – Matthew 7:15-21
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
By their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, and the evil tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can an evil tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit, shall be cut down, and shall be cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them.
Not every one that saith to Me: Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of My Father Who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.
As in holocausts of rams and bullocks, and as in thousands of fat lambs; so let our sacrifice be made in Thy sight this day, that it may please Thee: for there is no confusion to them that trust in Thee, O Lord.
O God, Who hast justified the variety of sacrifices of the Law by the perfection of this one Sacrifice: accept the Sacrifice of Thy servants who are dedicated to Thee, and sanctify it with a blessing like to that which Thou didst bestow upon the gifts of Abel: that what each one of us has offered to the honor of Thy Majesty, may profit us all unto salvation. Through our Lord.
Bow down Thine ear, make haste to deliver me.
May Thy healing work, O Lord, both mercifully free us from all our waywardness and lead us to all that is right. Through our Lord.