Introit: Ps xxvi: 1, 2
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the protector of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? My enemies that trouble me have, themselves, been weakened and fallen. [Ps.] If armies in camp should stand together against me, my heart shall not fear. Glory be.... The Lord....
Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that the course of this world may be so peaceably ordered by Thee, that Thy Church may joyfully serve Thee in quiet devotion.
Epistle: Romans viii: 18-23
A reading from the epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Romans.
Brethren: I reckon that the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory to come that will be revealed in us. For the eager longing of creation awaits the revelation of the sons of God. For creation was subject to vanity -- not by its own will, but by reason of Him who made it subject -- in hope, because creation itself also will be delivered from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the sons of God. For we know that all creation groans and travails in pain until now. And not only it, but we ourselves who have the first fruits of the Spirit -- we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption as sons of God, the redemption of our body in Christ Jesus, our Lord.
Gradual: Ps. lxxviii: 9, 10
Forgive us our sins, O Lord, lest the Gentiles should at any time
say, "Where is their God?" Help us, O God, our Savior, and for the
honor of Thy name, O Lord, deliver us.
Gospel: Luke v: 1-11
+ The continuation of the Holy Gospel according to Luke.
At that time, while the crowds were pressing upon Jesus to hear the word of God, He was standing by Lake Genesareth. And He saw two boats moored by the lake, but the fishermen had left them, and were washing their nets. And getting into one of the boats, the one that was Simon's, He asked him to put out a little from the land. And sitting down, He began to teach the crowds from the boat. But when He had ceased speaking, He said to Simon, "Put out into the deep and lower your nets for a catch." And Simon answered, and said to Him, "Master, the whole night through we have toiled and have taken nothing; but at Thy word, I will lower the net." And when they had done so, they enclosed a great number of fishes, but their net was breaking. And they beckoned to their comrades in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled the boats so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord." For he and all were amazed at the catch of fish they had made; and so were also James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; henceforth thou shalt catch men." And when they had brought their boats to the land, they left all and followed Him.
Offertory: Ps. xii: 4, 5
Enlighten my eyes, that I never sleep in death; lest at any time my enemy say, "I have prevailed against him."
We beseech Thee, O Lord, be pleased to accept these, our offerings. In Thy mercy, draw our rebellious wills unto Thee.
Communion: Ps. xvii: 3
The Lord is my firmament, and my refuge, and my deliverer. My God is my helper.
May the mysteries which we have received, O Lord, purify our hearts, and by their power may we be defended.