12, Hatour 1734 (Tuesday, 21 November 2017)

Vespers

Psalm

Psalms 148:1-2

1Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights!2Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts!

Gospel

Matthew 13:44-52

44Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.45Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls,46who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.47Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind,48which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away.49So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just,50and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.51Jesus said to them, Have you understood all these things? They said to Him, Yes, Lord.52Then He said to them, Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.

Matins

Psalm

Psalms 104:4, 3

4Who makes His angels spirits, His ministers a flame of fire.
3Who makes the clouds His chariot, Who walks on the wings of the wind,

Gospel

Luke 15:3-10

3So He spoke this parable to them, saying:4What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?5And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.6And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, `Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!'7I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.8Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it?9And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, `Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!'10Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.

Liturgy

Pauline

Hebrews 1:1 - 2:4

1God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,2has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;3who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,4having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.5For to which of the angels did He ever say: You are My Son, Today I have begotten You? And again: I will be to Him a Father, And He shall be to Me a Son?6But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: Let all the angels of God worship Him.7And of the angels He says: Who makes His angels spirits And His ministers a flame of fire.8But to the Son He says: Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your Kingdom.9You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.10And: You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands.11They will perish, but You remain; And they will all grow old like a garment;12Like a cloak You will fold them up, And they will be changed. But You are the same, And Your years will not fail.13But to which of the angels has He ever said: Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool?14Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?1Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.2For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward,3how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,4God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?

Catholic

Jude 1:1-13

1Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, To those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ:2Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.3Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.4For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.5But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe.6And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day;7as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.8Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries.9Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke you!10But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves.11Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.12These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots;13raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.

Acts

Acts 10:1-20

1There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment,2a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always.3About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, Cornelius!4And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, lord? So he said to him, Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God.5Now send men to Joppa, and send for Simon whose surname is Peter.6He is lodging with Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea. He will tell you what you must do.7And when the angel who spoke to him had departed, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a devout soldier from among those who waited on him continually.8So when he had explained all these things to them, he sent them to Joppa.9The next day, as they went on their journey and drew near the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour.10Then he became very hungry and wanted to eat; but while they made ready, he fell into a trance11and saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth.12In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air.13And a voice came to him, Rise, Peter; kill and eat.14But Peter said, Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean.15And a voice spoke to him again the second time, What God has cleansed you must not call common.16This was done three times. And the object was taken up into heaven again.17Now while Peter wondered within himself what this vision which he had seen meant, behold, the men who had been sent from Cornelius had made inquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate.18And they called and asked whether Simon, whose surname was Peter, was lodging there.19While Peter thought about the vision, the Spirit said to him, Behold, three men are seeking you.20Arise therefore, go down and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them.

Psalm

Psalms 103:20-21

20Bless the Lord, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word.21Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, You ministers of His, who do His pleasure.

Gospel

Matthew 13:24-43

24Another parable He put forth to them, saying: The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field;25but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.26But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared.27So the servants of the owner came and said to him, `Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?'28He said to them, `An enemy has done this.' The servants said to him, `Do you want us then to go and gather them up?'29But he said, `No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them.30`Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn. '31Another parable He put forth to them, saying: The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field,32which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.33Another parable He spoke to them: The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.34All these things Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables; and without a parable He did not speak to them,35that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things kept secret from the foundation of the world.36Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him, saying, Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.37He answered and said to them: He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man.38The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one.39The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels.40Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age.41The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness,42and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.43Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!