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Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in
one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our
Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and
godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have
prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who
with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory
The First Lesson
After this I, John, looked, and there was a great
multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and
peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb,
robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a
loud voice, saying,
"Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the
Lamb!" And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders
and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the
throne and worshiped God, singing,
- "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
and thanksgiving and honor
and power and might
be to our God forever and ever! Amen."
Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, "Who are these, robed in
white, and where have they come from?" I said to him, "Sir, you are the
one that knows." Then he said to me, "These are they who have come out of
the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the
blood of the Lamb.
- "For this reason they are before the throne of God,
- and worship him day and night within his temple,
- and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them.
- They will hunger no more, and thirst no more;
- the sun will not strike them,
- nor any scorching heat;
- for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd,
- and he will guide them to springs of the water of life,
- and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."
1 I will bless the Lord at all times; *
his praise shall ever be in my mouth.
2 I will glory in the Lord; *
let the humble hear and rejoice.
3 Proclaim with me the greatness of the Lord; *
let us exalt his Name together.
4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me *
and delivered me out of all my terror.
5 Look upon him and be radiant, *
and let not your faces be ashamed.
6 I called in my affliction and the Lord heard me *
and saved me from all my troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encompasses those who fear him, *
and he will deliver them.
8 Taste and see that the Lord is good; *
happy are they who trust in him!
9 Fear the Lord, you that are his saints, *
for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger, *
but those who seek the Lord lack nothing that is good.
22 The Lord ransoms the life of his servants, *
and none will be punished who trust in him.
1 John 3:1-3
See what love the Father has given us, that we
should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the
world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God's
children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know
is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as
he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the
mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began
to speak, and taught them, saying:
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
"Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they
will be filled.
"Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for
theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
"Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter
all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be
glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they
persecuted the prophets who were before you."
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