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7th Sunday of Apostles

First Reading:  Deuteronomy 4:10-24

10Specially the day that you stood before the LORD your God in Horeb, when the LORD said to me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live on the earth, and that they may teach their children.  11And you came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire to the middle of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness.  12And the LORD spoke to you out of the middle of the fire: you heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; only you heard a voice.  13And he declared to you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them on two tables of stone.  14And the LORD commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that you might do them in the land where you go over to possess it.  15Take you therefore good heed to yourselves; for you saw no manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spoke to you in Horeb out of the middle of the fire:  16Lest you corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female,  17The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flies in the air,  18The likeness of anything that creeps on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth:  19And lest you lift up your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, should be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD your God has divided to all nations under the whole heaven.  20But the LORD has taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt, to be to him a people of inheritance, as you are this day.  21Furthermore the LORD was angry with me for your sakes, and swore that I should not go over Jordan, and that I should not go in to that good land, which the LORD your God gives you for an inheritance:  22But I must die in this land, I must not go over Jordan: but you shall go over, and possess that good land.  23Take heed to yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of anything, which the LORD your God has forbidden you.  24For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.

Second ReadingIsaiah 5:5-25

5And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down:  6And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor dig; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain on it.  7For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry.  8Woe to them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place, that they may be placed alone in the middle of the earth!  9In my ears said the LORD of hosts, Of a truth many houses shall be desolate, even great and fair, without inhabitant.  10Yes, ten acres of vineyard shall yield one bath, and the seed of an homer shall yield an ephah.  11Woe to them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!  12And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of the LORD, neither consider the operation of his hands.  13Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honorable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.  14Therefore hell has enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoices, shall descend into it.  15And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled:  16But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness.  17Then shall the lambs feed after their manner, and the waste places of the fat ones shall strangers eat.  18Woe to them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:  19That say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work, that we may see it: and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near and come, that we may know it!  20Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!  21Woe to them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!  22Woe to them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:  23Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!  24Therefore as the fire devours the stubble, and the flame consumes the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.  25Therefore is the anger of the LORD kindled against his people, and he has stretched forth his hand against them, and has smitten them: and the hills did tremble, and their carcasses were torn in the middle of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

Third Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:58 ;16:1-23

58Therefore, my beloved brothers, be you steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
 1Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do you.  2On the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God has prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.  3And when I come, whomsoever you shall approve by your letters, them will I send to bring your liberality to Jerusalem.  4And if it be meet that I go also, they shall go with me.  5Now I will come to you, when I shall pass through Macedonia: for I do pass through Macedonia.  6And it may be that I will abide, yes, and winter with you, that you may bring me on my journey wherever I go.  7For I will not see you now by the way; but I trust to tarry a while with you, if the Lord permit.  8But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost.  9For a great door and effectual is opened to me, and there are many adversaries.  10Now if Timotheus come, see that he may be with you without fear: for he works the work of the Lord, as I also do.  11Let no man therefore despise him: but conduct him forth in peace, that he may come to me: for I look for him with the brothers.  12As touching our brother Apollos, I greatly desired him to come to you with the brothers: but his will was not at all to come at this time; but he will come when he shall have convenient time.  13Watch you, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.  14Let all your things be done with charity.  15I beseech you, brothers, (you know the house of Stephanas, that it is the first fruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,)  16That you submit yourselves to such, and to every one that helps with us, and labors.  17I am glad of the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus: for that which was lacking on your part they have supplied.  18For they have refreshed my spirit and your's: therefore acknowledge you them that are such.  19The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.  20All the brothers greet you. Greet you one another with an holy kiss.  21The salutation of me Paul with my own hand.  22If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.  23The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Fourth Reading: Luke 13:23-35

23Then said one to him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said to them,  24Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say to you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.  25When once the master of the house is risen up, and has shut to the door, and you begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us; and he shall answer and say to you, I know you not from where you are:  26Then shall you begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in your presence, and you have taught in our streets.  27But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not from where you are; depart from me, all you workers of iniquity.  28There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.  29And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.  30And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.  31The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying to him, Get you out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill you.  32And he said to them, Go you, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.  33Nevertheless I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.  34O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which kill the prophets, and stone them that are sent to you; how often would I have gathered your children together, as a hen does gather her brood under her wings, and you would not!  35Behold, your house is left to you desolate: and truly I say to you, You shall not see me, until the time come when you shall say, Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.

 

 

 

 

 
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