Fifth Sunday after Pentecost – Tone Four
The Lesson of the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Romans.
Brethren, the will of mine heart surely and prayer to God, is for them unto salvation. For I give them testimony that they have zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For, not knowing the justice of God, and seeking to establish their own, they have not been subject to the justice of God. For the end of the law is Christ: unto justice to every one that believeth. For Moses wrote that the justice which is of the Law, the man that hath done it shall live in it. But the justice which is of faith, saith thus, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? That is to bring Christ down. Or who descendeth into the depth? Call Christ again from the dead. But what saith the Scripture? The word is nigh, in thy mouth, and in thine heart, this is the word of faith which we preach. For if thou confess with thy mouth our Lord Jesus, and in thine heart believe that God hath raised Him up from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart we believe unto justice: but with the mouth confession is made to salvation.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew.
St Matthew 8:28-9:1.
At that time, when Jesus was come beyond the waves into the country of the Gerasens, there met Him two that had devils, coming forth out of the sepulchers, exceeding fierce, so that none could pass by that way. And behold they cried saying, What is between us and Thee, Jesus the Son of God? Art Thou come hither to torment us before the time? And there was not far from them an herd of swine feeding. And the devils besought Him saying, If Thou cast us out, send us into the herd of swine. And He said to them, Go. But they going forth went into the swine, and behold the whole herd went with a violence headlong into the sea: and they died in the waters. And the swineherds fled: and coming into the city, told all, and of them that had been possessed of devils. And behold the whole city went out to meet Jesus, and when they saw Him, they besought Him that He would pass from their quarters. And entering into a boat, He passed over the water, and came into His own city.