Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost – Tone Eight
The Lesson of the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians.
II Corinthians §182a (6:16b-7:1).
Brethren: you are the temple of the living God; as God saith: I will dwell in them, and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Wherefore, go out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing: and I will receive you; and I will be a Father to you; and you shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of the flesh and of the spirit, perfecting sanctification in the fear of God.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew.
St Matthew §62 (15:21-28).
At that time: Jesus went unto the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And behold a woman of Canaan who came out of those coasts, crying out, said to Him: Have mercy on me, O Lord, Thou Son of David: my daughter is grieviously troubled by the devil. Who answered her not a word. And His disciples came and besought Him, saying: Send her away, for she crieth after us. And He answering, said: I was not sent but to the sheep that are lost of the house of Israel. But she came and adored Him, saying: Lord, help me. Who answering, said: It is not good to take the bread of the children, and to cast it to the dogs. But she said: Yea, Lord; for the whelps also eat of the crumbs that fall from the table of their masters. Then Jesus answering, said to her: O woman, great is thy faith: be it done to thee as thou wilt: and her daughter was cured from that hour.