Thou hast protected me, O God, from the assembly of the malignant, alleluia: from the multitude of the workers of iniquity, alleluia, alleluia. (Psalm) Hear, O God, my prayer, when I make supplication to Thee: deliver my soul from the fear of the enemy. Glory be to the Father. Thou hast…
O God, Who didst exalt blessed Mark, Thine Evangelist, by the grace of preaching the Gospel, grant we beseech Thee, that we may ever profit by his teaching and be defended by his prayers. Through our Lord.
Epistle – Ezechiel 1:10-14
As for the likeness of the faces of the four living creatures, there was the face of a man and the face of a lion on the right side of all the four, and the face of an ox on the left side of all the four; and the face of an eagle over all the four.
And their faces and their wings were stretched upward; two wings of every one were joined, and two covered their bodies: and every one of them went straight forward; whither the impulse of the spirit was to go, thither they went, and they turned not when they went. And as for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like that of burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps. This was the vision running to and fro in the midst of the living creatures, a bright fire, and lightning going forth from the fire. And the living creatures ran and returned like flashes of lightning.
Alleluia, alleluia. The heavens shall confess Thy wonders, O Lord: and Thy truth in the Church of the Saints.
Alleluia. Thou hast set on his head, O Lord, a crown of precious stones. Alleluia.
Gospel – Luke 10:1-9
At that time, the Lord appointed also other seventy-two: and He sent them two and two before His face into every city and place whither He Himself was to come. And He said to them: The harvest indeed is great, but the laborers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest that He send laborers into His harvest. Go; Behold I send you as lambs among wolves. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes; and salute no man by the way. Into whatsoever house you enter, first say: Peace be to this house: and if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon him; but if not, it shall return to you; and in the same house, remain, eating and drinking such things as they have: for the laborer is worthy of his hire. Remove not from house to house. And into what city soever you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you; and heal the sick that are therein; and say to them: The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
The heavens shall confess Thy wonders, O Lord, and Thy truth in the Church of the Saints, alleluia, alleluia.
We who bring Thee our gifts on the solemn feast of blessed Mark, Thine Evangelist, beseech Thee, O Lord, that even as the preaching of the Gospel made him glorious, so his intercession may render us acceptable to Thee, both in word and work. Through our Lord.
The just shall rejoice in the Lord, and shall hope in Him: and all the upright in heart shall be praised, alleluia, alleluia.
O Lord, we beseech Thee, may Thy holy mysteries afford us continual protection: by which, through the prayers of blessed Mark, Thine Evangelist, Thou mayest ever defend us from all adversities. Through our Lord.