SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
grant to your faithful people pardon and peace,
that we may be cleansed from all our sins
and serve you with a quiet mind;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF ISAIAH
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting
on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the
temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings:
with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their
feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said:
"Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is
full of his glory." The pivots on the thresholds shook at the
voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I
said: "Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips,
and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen
the King, the Lord of hosts!" Then one of the seraphs flew to
me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a
pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said:
"Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed
and your sin is blotted out." Then I heard the voice of the
Lord saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for
us?" And I said, "Here am I; send me!"
he said, "Go and say to this people: 'Keep listening, but do
not comprehend; keep looking, but do not understand.' Make the
mind of this people dull, and stop their ears, and shut their
eyes, so that they may not look with their eyes, and listen with
their ears, and comprehend with their minds, and turn and be
healed." Then I said, "How long, O Lord?" And he
said: "Until cities lie waste without inhabitant, and houses
without people, and the land is utterly desolate; until the Lord
sends everyone far away, and vast is the emptiness in the midst of
the land. Even if a tenth part remain in it, it will be burned
again, like a terebinth or an oak whose stump remains standing
when it is felled." The holy seed is its stump.]
ISAIAH 6:1-8 (9-13)
REFRAIN The Lord will make good his purpose for me.
will give thanks to you, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the
gods I will sing your praise.
will bow down toward your holy temple and praise your name,
because of your love and faithfulness; R
you have glorified your name and your word above all things.
I called, you answered me; you increased my strength within me. R
the kings of the earth will praise you, O Lord, when they have
heard the words of your mouth.
will sing of the ways of the Lord, that great is the glory of the
the Lord be high, he cares for the lowly; he perceives the haughty
I walk in the midst of trouble, you keep me safe, you stretch
forth your hand against the fury of my enemies; your right hand
shall save me.
Lord will make good his purpose for me; O Lord, your love endures
for ever; do not abandon the works of your hands. R
READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS
Now I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good
news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in
which also you stand, through which also you are being saved, if
you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you unless you
have come to believe in vain. For I handed on to you as of first
importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our
sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried,
and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the
scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.
Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at
one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died.
Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all,
as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the
least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I
persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I
am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain. On the contrary,
I worked harder than any of them - though it was not I, but the
grace of God that is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we
proclaim and so you have come to believe.
1 CORINTHIANS 15:1-11
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO LUKE
Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of
Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word
of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the
fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got
into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him
to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and
taught the crowds from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he
said to Simon, "Put out into the deep water and let down your
nets for a catch." Simon answered, "Master, we have
worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so,
I will let down the nets." When they had done this, they
caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. So
they signalled their partners in the other boat to come and help
them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to
sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees,
saying, "Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!"
For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish
that they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of
Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon,
"Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching
people." When they had brought their boats to shore, they
left everything and followed him.
OVER THE GIFTS
God of compassion and forgiveness,
receive our offering this day,
and make us one with him who is our peace,
Jesus Christ our Saviour.
in you we find peace beyond all telling.
May we who share in this heavenly banquet
be instruments of your peace on earth,
in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.