BETWEEN 23 OCTOBER AND 29 OCTOBER
Lord God our redeemer,
who heard the cry of your people
and sent your servant Moses
to lead them out of slavery,
free us from the tyranny of sin and death,
and by the leading of your Spirit
bring us to our promised land;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF DEUTERONOMY
Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the
top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho, and the Lord showed him
the whole land: Gilead as far as Dan, all Naphtali, the land of
Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Western
Sea, the Negeb, and the Plain that is, the valley of Jericho, the
city of palm trees as far as Zoar. The Lord said to him,
"This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and
to Jacob, saying, 'I will give it to your descendants'; I have let
you see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over
there." Then Moses, the servant of the Lord, died there in
the land of Moab, at the Lord's command. He was buried in a valley
in the land of Moab, opposite Bethpeor, but no one knows his
burial place to this day. Moses was one hundred twenty years old
when he died; his sight was unimpaired and his vigour had not
abated. The Israelites wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty
days; then the period of mourning for Moses was ended. Joshua son
of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, because Moses had laid
his hands on him; and the Israelites obeyed him, doing as the Lord
had commanded Moses. Never since has there arisen a prophet in
Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. He was
unequalled for all the signs and wonders that the Lord sent him to
perform in the land of Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his servants
and his entire land, and for all the mighty deeds and all the
terrifying displays of power that Moses performed in the sight of
REFRAIN From age to age you are God.
you have been our refuge from one generation to another.
the mountains were brought forth, or the land and the earth were
born, from age to age you are
turn us back to the dust and say, "Go back, O child of
a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past
and like a watch in the night. R
sweep us away like a dream; we fade away suddenly like the grass.
the morning it is green and flourishes; in the evening it is dried
up and withered. R
O Lord; how long will you tarry? be gracious to your servants.
us by your loving-kindness in the morning; so shall we rejoice and
be glad all the days of our life.
us glad by the measure of the days that you afflicted us and the
years in which we suffered
your servants your works and your splendour to their children.
the graciousness of the Lord our God be upon us; prosper the work
of our hands; prosper our handiwork. R
PSALM 90:1-6, 13-17
READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF PAUL TO THE THESSALONIANS
You yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our coming to you
was not in vain, but though we had already suffered and been
shamefully mistreated at Philippi, as you know, we had courage in
our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of great
opposition. For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure
motives or trickery, but just as we have been approved by God to
be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak, not
to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts. As you
know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of
flattery or with a pretext for greed; nor did we seek praise from
mortals, whether from you or from others, though we might have
made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you,
like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. So deeply do we
care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the
gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become
very dear to us.
1 THESSALONIANS 2:1-8
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO MATTHEW
When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they
gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question
to test him. "Teacher, which commandment in the law is the
greatest?" He said to him, "'You shall love the Lord
your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all
your mind.' This is the greatest and first commandment. And a
second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbour as yourself.' On
these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."
Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them
this question: "What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son
is he?" They said to him, "The son of David." He
said to them, "How is it then that David by the Spirit calls
him Lord, saying, 'The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit at my right
hand, until I put your enemies under your feet"'? If David
thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?" No one was able
to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask
him any more questions.
OVER THE GIFTS
God of constant love,
you have guided your people
in all times and ages.
May we who offer you our praise today
always be ready to follow where you lead;
we ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
God our guide,
you have fed us with bread from heaven
as you fed the people of Israel.
May we who have been inwardly nourished
be ready to follow you all our days;
we ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.