BETWEEN 16 OCTOBER AND 22 OCTOBER
Almighty and everliving God,
increase in us your gift of faith,
that forsaking what lies behind
and reaching out to what is before,
we may run the way of your commandments
and win the crown of everlasting joy;
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 EXODUS
Moses said to the Lord, "See, you have said to me, 'Bring up
this people'; but you have not let me know whom you will send with
me. Yet you have said, 'I know you by name, and you have also
found favour in my sight.' Now if I have found favour in your
sight, show me your ways, so that I may know you and find favour
in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people."
He said, "My presence will go with you, and I will give you
rest." And he said to him, "If your presence will not
go, do not carry us up from here. For how shall it be known that I
have found favour in your sight, I and your people, unless you go
with us? In this way, we shall be distinct, I and your people,
from every people on the face of the earth." The Lord said to
Moses, "I will do the very thing that you have asked; for you
have found favour in my sight, and I know you by name." Moses
said, "Show me your glory, I pray." And he said, "I
will make all my goodness pass before you, and will proclaim
before you the name, 'The Lord'; and I will be gracious to whom I
will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.
But," he said, "you cannot see my face; for no one shall
see me and live." And the Lord continued, "See, there is
a place by me where you shall stand on the rock; and while my
glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will
cover you with my hand until I have passed by; then I will take
away my hand, and you shall see my back; but my face shall not be
REFRAIN The Lord our God is the Holy one.
Lord is king; let the people tremble; he is enthroned upon the
Cherubim; let the earth shake.
Lord is great in Zion; he is high above all peoples.
them confess his name, which is great and awesome; he is the Holy
mighty King, lover of justice, you have established equity; you
have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob."
the greatness of the Lord our God and fall down before his
footstool; he is the Holy One. R
and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among those who call upon
his name, they called upon the Lord, and he answered them.
spoke to them out of the pillar of cloud; they kept his
testimonies and the decree that he gave them. R
Lord our God, you answered them indeed; you were a God who forgave
them, yet punished them for their evil deeds."
the greatness of the Lord our God and worship him upon his holy
hill; for the Lord our God is the Holy One.
READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF PAUL TO THE THESSALONIANS
Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in
God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.
We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our
prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your
work of faith and labour of love and steadfastness of hope in our
Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by
God, that he has chosen you, because our message of the gospel
came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy
Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of
persons we proved to be among you for your sake. And you became
imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you
received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that
you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in
Achaia. For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not
only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith in God
has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it. For
the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome
we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a
living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he
raised from the dead Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is
1 THESSALONIANS 1:1-10
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO MATTHEW
Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said.
So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians,
saying, "Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the
way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one;
for you do not regard people with partiality. Tell us, then, what
you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?"
But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, "Why are you putting
me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the
tax." And they brought him a denarius. Then he said to them,
"Whose head is this, and whose title?" They answered,
"The emperor's." Then he said to them, "Give
therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to
God the things that are God's." When they heard this, they
were amazed; and they left him and went away. MATTHEW 22:15-22
OVER THE GIFTS
your word inspires our faith.
May we who offer you our praise
trust you in all things.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.
you have nourished us in this sacrament
with the body and blood of Christ.
May we who have taken holy things
keep faith in our hearts and lives,
in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.