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…
Be Thou, O Lord, the Sanctifier and Protector of Thy people: so that defended by the aid of Thine Apostle James, they may please Thee in their manner of life, and serve Thee in peace of soul. Through our Lord.
Epistle – I Corinthians 4:9-15
Brethren, I think that God hath set forth us apostles the last, as it were, men appointed to death: we are made a spectacle to the world, and to Angels, and to men. We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ: we are weak, but you are strong: you are honorable, but we without honor.
Even unto this hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no fixed abode, and we labour working with our own hands. We are reviled, and we bless: we are persecuted, and we suffer it: we are blasphemed, and we entreat: we are made as the refuse of this world, the offscouring of all even until now. I write not these things to confound you: but I admonish you as my dearest children. For if you have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet not many fathers. For in Christ Jesus by the gospel I have begotten you.
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. I have chosen you out of the world, that you should go, and should bring forth fruit, and your fruit should remain. Alleluia.
Gospel – Matthew 20:20-23
At that time, the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus with her sons, worshipping, and asking something of Him.
Who said to her: What wilt thou? She saith to Him: Say that these my two sons may sit, the one on Thy right hand, and the other on Thy left, in Thy kingdom. And Jesus answering said: You know not what you ask. Can you drink the chalice that I shall drink? They say to Him: We can. He saith to them: My chalice indeed you shall drink; but to sit on My right or left hand is not mine to give to you, but to them for whom it is prepared by My Father.
Their sound went forth into all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.
May the holy martyrdom of the blessed Apostle James, we beseech Thee, O Lord, make acceptable the offerings of Thy people: and, since they have no worth from any merits of ours, may his prayers make them pleasing to Thee. Through our Lord.
You who have followed Me shall sit on seats judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Help us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, through the intercession of Thy blessed Apostle James, in honor of whose feast we have received Thy holy mysteries with joy. Through our Lord.