Let the people show forth the wisdom of the Saints, and the Church declare their praise: and their name liveth unto generation and generation. (Psalm) Rejoice in the Lord, O ye just: praise becometh the upright. Glory be to the Father. Let the people…
Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that we who celebrate the heavenly birthday of Thy holy Martyrs Cosmas and Damian, may be delivered by their intercession from all the evils that beset us. Through our Lord.
Epistle – Wisdom 5:16-20
But the just shall live for evermore, and their reward is with the Lord, and the care of them with the Most High. Therefore shall they receive a kingdom of glory, and a crown of beauty at the hand of the Lord: for with His right hand He will cover them, and with His holy arm He will defend them. And His zeal will take armor, and He will arm the creature for the revenge of His enemies. He will put on justice as a breastplate, and will take true judgment instead of a helmet. He will take equity for an invincible shield.
The just cried, and the Lord heard them: and delivered them out of all their troubles. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a contrite heart: and He will save the humble of spirit.
Alleluia, alleluia. This is the true brotherhood which overcame the wickedness of the world: it followed Christ, holding fast to the peerless kingdom of heaven. Alleluia.
Gospel – Luke 6:17-23
At that time, Jesus coming down with them stood in a plain place, and the company of His disciples, and a very great multitude of people from all Judea, and Jerusalem, and the seacoast both of Tyre and Sidon, who were come to hear Him and to be healed of their diseases. And they that were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all the multitude sought to touch Him: for virtue went out from Him and healed all. And He, lifting up His eyes on His disciples, said, Blessed are ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are ye that hunger now: for you shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for you shall laugh. Blessed shall you be when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Be glad in that day and rejoice: for behold your reward is great in heaven.
All they that love Thy name shall glory in Thee, for Thou, O Lord, wilt bless the just: O Lord, Thou hast crowned us, as with a shield of Thy good will.
May the loving prayers of Thy Saints never fail us, O Lord: may they make our gifts acceptable to Thee and ever obtain for us Thy pardon. Through our Lord.
And I say to you, My friends: Be not afraid of them who persecute you.
Grant us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, through the intercession of Thy holy Martyrs Cosmas and Damian, that what we take with the mouth, we may receive with a pure heart. Through our Lord.