Scripture Reading for the
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The Lectionary According to the Common Calendar

Psalm 22

1 My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?
Why art Thou so far from helping Me, and from the words of My groaning?
2 O My God, I cry in the daytime, but Thou hearest not;
and in the night season I am not silent.
3 But Thou art holy,
O Thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
4 Our fathers trusted in Thee;
they trusted, and Thou didst deliver them.
5 They cried unto Thee and were delivered;
they trusted in Thee and were not confounded.
6 But I am a worm and no man,
a reproach of men and despised by the people
7 All they that see Me laugh Me to scorn;
they shoot out their lip, they shake their head, saying,
8 "He trusted in the LORD that He would deliver him;
let Him deliver him, seeing He delighted in him!"

9 But Thou art He that took Me out of the womb;
Thou didst make Me hope when I was upon My mother's breasts.
10 I was cast upon Thee from the womb;
Thou art My God from My mother's belly.
11 Be not far from Me, for trouble is near;
for there is none to help.

12 Many bulls have compassed Me about;
strong bulls of Bashan have beset Me round.
13 They gaped at Me with their mouths,
as a ravening and a roaring lion.

14 I am poured out like water, and all My bones are out of joint;
My heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of My body.
15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and My tongue cleaveth to My jaws;
and Thou hast brought Me into the dust of death.
16 For dogs have surrounded Me;
the assembly of the wicked have enclosed Me; they pierced My hands and My feet.
17 I can count all My bones; they look and stare upon Me.
18 They part My garments among them,
and cast lots upon My vesture.

19 But be Thou not far from Me, O LORD;
O My Strength, hasten Thee to help Me!
20 Deliver My soul from the sword,
My only one from the power of the dog.
21 Save Me from the lion's mouth;
for Thou hast heard Me from the horns of the unicorns.

Luke 9:37-45

37 And it came to pass that on the next day, when they had come down from the hill, many people met Him. 38 And behold, a man of the company cried out, saying, "Master, I beseech Thee, look upon my son, for he is mine only child. 39 And lo, a spirit taketh him, and he suddenly crieth out; and it teareth him so that he foameth again, and bruising him, hardly departeth from him. 40 And I besought Thy disciples to cast him out, and they could not." 41 And Jesus answering said,

"O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you and suffer you? Bring thy son hither."

42 And as he was yet coming, the devil threw him down and tore him. And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father. 43 And they were all amazed at the mighty power of God.

But while they wondered every one at all the things which Jesus did, He said unto His disciples,

44 "Let these sayings sink down into your ears, for the Son of Man shall be delivered into the hands of men."

45 But they understood not this saying, and it was hid from them, that they perceived it not; and they were afraid to ask Him about that saying.

1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 

1 Furthermore then, we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received from us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. 2 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. 3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: 4 that every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor, 5 not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles who know not God; 6 that no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. 7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. 8 He therefore that despiseth this, despiseth not man but God, who hath also given unto us His holy Spirit.

Isaiah 1:21-31

21 How the faithful city has become a harlot!
It was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it, but now murderers.
22 Thy silver has become dross,
thy wine mixed with water.
23 Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves;
every one loveth bribes, and followeth after rewards.
They judge not the fatherless,
neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.
24 Therefore saith the Lord,
the LORD of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel:
"Ah, I will ease Me of Mine adversaries,
and avenge Me of Mine enemies.
25 And I will turn My hand against thee,
and wholly purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin.
26 I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counselors as at the beginning.
Afterward thou shalt be called the City of Righteousness, the Faithful City."

27 Zion shall be redeemed with judgment,
and her converts with righteousness.
28 And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together,
and they that forsake the LORD shall be consumed.
29 For ye shall be ashamed of the oaks which ye have desired,
and ye shall be confounded for the gardens that ye have chosen.
30 For ye shall be as an oak whose leaf fadeth,
and as a garden that hath no water.
31 And the strong shall be as tow, and the maker of it as a spark;
and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.

Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiasticus 27:16

Whoso discloseth secrets loseth his credit 
and shall never find a friend to his mind. 

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