INTROIT Ps. 86:3,5; Ps. 86:1
(Antiphon) Be merciful to me, O Lord, For I cry to You all day long.
For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.
Bow down Your ear, O LORD, hear me;
For I am poor and needy.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Lord, we pray that Your grace may always go before and follow after us and make us continually given to all good works; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
OLD TESTAMENT READING Deut. 32:39-40
39 “Now see that I, even I, am He,
And there is no God besides Me;
I kill and I make alive;
I wound and I heal;
Nor is there any who can deliver from My hand.
40 For I raise My hand to heaven,
And say, ‘As I live forever. ’” (NKJV)
GRADUAL Ps. 102:15-16
So the nations shall fear the name of the LORD, And all the kings of the earth Your glory.
For the LORD shall build up Zion; He shall appear in His glory.
EPISTLE READING Eph. 3:13-21
13 Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.
14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (NKJV)
VERSE Ps. 115:11
Alleluia. Alleluia. You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield. Alleluia.
HOLY GOSPEL Luke 7:11-17
11 Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd. 12 And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” 14 Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” 15 So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother.
16 Then fear came upon all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen up among us”; and, “God has visited His people.”
17 And this report about Him went throughout all Judea and all the surrounding region. (NKJV)