OF SOLOMON 3:1-9
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his servants.
love the Lord, because he has heard the voice of my supplication,
he has inclined his ear to me whenever I called upon him. R
cords of death entangled me; the grip of the grave took hold of
me; I came to grief and sorrow.
I called upon the name of the Lord: "O Lord, I pray you, save
my life." R
is the Lord and righteous; our God is full of compassion.
Lord watches over the innocent; I was brought very low, and he
helped me. R
again to your rest, O my soul, for the Lord has treated you well.
you have rescued my life from death, my eyes from tears, and my
feet from stumbling. R
will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living. R
READING FROM WISDOM OF SOLOMON
But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and no
torment will ever touch them.
In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died, and their
departure was thought to be an affliction,
And their going from us to be their destruction; but they are at
For though in the sight of men they were punished, their hope is
full of immortality.
Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good,
because God tested them and found them worthy of himself;
like gold in the furnace he tried them, and like a sacrificial
burnt offering he accepted them.
In the time of their visitation they will shine forth, and will
run like sparks through the stubble.
They will govern nations and rule over peoples and the Lord will
reign over them forever.
Those who trust in him will understand truth, and the faithful
will abide with him in love, because grace and mercy are upon his
elect, and he watches over his holy ones.
READING FROM JOHN
"This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have
No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for
You are my friends if you do what I command you.
I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does
not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends,
because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from
You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go
and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give
you whatever you ask him in my name.
I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.