you have built your Church
on the foundation of the apostles and prophets,
Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone.
Join us together in unity of spirit by their teaching,
that we may become a holy temple, acceptable to you;
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 LAMENTATIONS
How lonely sits the city that once was full of people! How
like a widow she has become, she that was great among the nations!
She that was a princess among the provinces has become a vassal.
She weeps bitterly in the night, with tears on her cheeks; among
all her lovers she has no one to comfort her; all her friends have
dealt treacherously with her, they have become her enemies. Judah
has gone into exile with suffering and hard servitude; she lives
now among the nations, and finds no resting place; her pursuers
have all overtaken her in the midst of her distress. The roads to
Zion mourn, for no one comes to the festivals; all her gates are
desolate, her priests groan; her young girls grieve, and her lot
is bitter. Her foes have become the masters, her enemies prosper,
because the Lord has made her suffer for the multitude of her
transgressions; her children have gone away, captives before the
foe. From daughter Zion has departed all her majesty. Her princes
have become like stags that find no pasture; they fled without
strength before the pursuer.
By the waters of
Babylon we sat down and wept, when we remembered you, O Zion. As
for our harps, we hung them up on the trees in the midst of that
those who led us away captive asked us for a song, and our
oppressors called for mirth: "Sing us one of the songs of
shall we sing the Lord's song upon an alien soil? If I forget you,
O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill.
my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you,
if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy.
the day of Jerusalem, O Lord, against the people of Edom, who
said, "Down with it! down with it! even to the ground!"
Daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction, happy the one who pays
you back for what you have done to us!
shall he be who takes your little ones, and dashes them against
READING FROM THE SECOND LETTER OF PAUL TO TIMOTHY
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, for
the sake of the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, To
Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the
Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I am grateful to God - whom I
worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did - when I
remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. Recalling
your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. I
am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in
your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure,
lives in you. For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of
God that is within you through the lying on of my hands; for God
did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of
power and of love and of self-discipline. Do not be ashamed, then,
of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner, but join
with me in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God,
who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to
our works but according to his own purpose and grace. This grace
was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, but it has
now been revealed through the appearing of our Saviour Christ
Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to
light through the gospel. For this gospel I was appointed a herald
and an apostle and a teacher, and for this reason I suffer as I
do. But I am not ashamed, for I know the one in whom I have put my
trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that day what
I have entrusted to him. Hold to the standard of sound teaching
that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in
Christ Jesus. Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the
help of the Holy Spirit living in us.
2 TIMOTHY 1:1-14
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO LUKE
The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our
faith!" The Lord replied, "If you had faith the size of
a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted
and planted in the sea,' and it would obey you. Who among you
would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or
tending sheep in the field, 'Come here at once and take your place
at the table'? Would you not rather say to him, 'Prepare supper
for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink;
later you may eat and drink'? Do you thank the slave for doing
what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you
were ordered to do, say, 'We are worthless slaves; we have done
only what we ought to have done!'"
OVER THE GIFTS
God of truth,
receive all we offer you this day.
Make us worthy servants,
strong to follow in the pattern
of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
may we who have been strengthened by this eucharist
remain in your steadfast love,
and show in our lives
the saving mystery that we celebrate.
This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.