Introit: Ps. xxvi: 7, 9
Hear, O Lord, my voice, with which I have cried to Thee. Be Thou my helper, forsake me not, nor do Thou despise me, O God, my Savior. [Ps.] The Lord is my sight and my salvation. Whom shall I fear? Glory be.... Hear, O Lord....
O God, who hast prepared for those who love Thee such good things as eye has not seen; pour into our hearts such love towards Thee, that we, loving Thee above all things, may obtain Thy promises, which exceed all that we can desire.
Epistle: 1 Peter iii: 8-15
A reading from the first epistle of blessed Peter the Apostle
Beloved: Be all like-minded in prayer, compassionate, lovers of the brethren, merciful, reserved, humble; not rendering evil for evil, or abuse for abuse, but contrariwise, blessing: for unto this were you called that you might inherit a blessing. For, "He who would love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil and do good; let him seek after peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are upon the just, and His ears unto their prayers; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil." And who is there to harm you, if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you suffer anything for justice sake, blessed are you. So have no fear of their fear, and do not be troubled. But hallow the Lord Christ in your hearts.
Gradual: Ps. lxxxiii: 9, 10
Behold, O God our protector, and look on Thy servants. O Lord,
God of Hosts, give ear to the prayers of Thy servants.
Gospel: Matthew v: 20-24
+ The continuation of the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: "Unless your justice exceeds that of the scribes and pharisees, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. You have heard that it was said to the ancients, `Thou shalt not kill'; and that whoever shall kill shall be liable to the judgment. But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be liable to the judgment; and that whoever says to his brother, `Raca,' shall be liable to the Sanhedrin; and whoever says, `Thou fool!' shall be liable to the fire of Gehenna. Therefore, if thou art offering thy gift at the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother has anything against thee, leave thy gift before the altar, and go first to be reconciled to thy brother, and then come andoffer thy gift.
Offertory: Ps. xv: 7, 8
I will bless the Lord, who hath given me understanding. I set God always in my sight, for He is at my right hand, that I be not moved.
Be appeased, we beseech Thee, O Lord, by our supplications. In Thy loving kindness, accept the offerings Thy servants and handmaids lay before Thee, that the offering of each, to the glory of Thy name, may profit all alike unto salvation.
Communion: Ps. xxvi: 4
One thing I have asked of the Lord, this I will seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.
Thou hast filled us with Thy heavenly gifts, O Lord: vouchsafe, we beseech Thee, to cleanse us from our hidden faults, and deliver us from the snares of our enemies.