Fourth Sunday after Pentecost – Tone Three
The Lesson of the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Romans.
Brethren: Being made free from sin, you were made servants to justice. I speak an humane thing, because of the infirmity of your flesh. For as you have exhibited your members to serve uncleanness and iniquity, unto iniquity: so now exhibit your members to serve justice, unto sanctification. For when you were servants of sin, you were free to justice. What fruit therefore had you then in those things, for which now you are ashamed? For the end of them is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, you have your fruit unto sanctification, but the end, life everlasting. For the stipends of sin, death. But the grace of God, life everlasting in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew.
St Matthew 8:5-13.
At that time, when Jesus had entered into Capharnaum, there came to Him a centurion, beseeching Him, and saying, Lord, my boy lieth at home sick of the palsy, and is sore tormented. And Jesus saith to him, I will come, and cure him. And the centurion making answer, said: “Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof: but only say the word, and my boy shall be healed. For I also am a man subject to authority, having under me soldiers; and I say to this, go, and he goeth, and to another, come, and he cometh: and to my servant, do this, and he doeth it.” And Jesus hearing this, marveled: and said to them that followed Him, Amen I say to you, I have not found so great faith in Israel. And I say to you that many shall come from the East and West, and shall sit down with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven: But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into exterior darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. And Jesus said to the Centurion, Go: and as thou hast believed, be it done to thee. And the boy was healed in the same hour.