Saturday, March 17, 2007

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent


R. He himself shall abide in prosperity, and his children shall possess the land.

V. To thee, O LORD, I call; my rock, be not deaf to me,
lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like those who go down to the Pit.

The Reading from the Epistle to the Hebrews

Brethren: Though we speak thus, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things that belong to salvation. For God is not so unjust as to overlook your work and the love which you showed for his sake in serving the saints, as you still do. And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness in realizing the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.


Blessed is he whom thou dost choose and bring near, to dwell in thy courts!
We shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, thy holy temple!

Their bodies were buried in peace, and their name lives to all generations.

The Reading of the Holy Gospel according to St Mark

At that time: Jesus returned from the region of Tyre, and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, through the region of the Decap'olis. And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech; and they besought him to lay his hand upon him. And taking him aside from the multitude privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue; and looking up to heaven, he sighed, and said to him, "Ephphatha," that is, "Be opened." And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. And he charged them to tell no one; but the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, "He has done all things well; he even makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak."

The Kinonikon is the same as for this day in the Second Week of Lent.

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