Sixth Sunday after Pentecost – Tone Five
The Lesson of the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Romans.
Brethren: Having gifts, according to the grace that is given us, different, either prophecy according to the rule of faith, or ministry in ministering, or he that teacheth in doctrine, he that exhorteth in exhorting, he that giveth in simplicity, he that ruleth in carefulness, he that showeth mercy in cheerfulness. Love without simulation. Hating evil. Cleaving to good. Loving the charity of the brotherhood one toward another. With honour preventing one another. In carefulness not slothful. In spirit servant. Serving our Lord. Rejoicing in hope. Patient in tribulation. Instant in prayer. Communicating to the necessities of the saints. Pursuing hospitality. Bless them that persecute you: bless, and curse not.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew.
St Matthew 9:1-8.
At that time, entering into a boat, Jesus passed over the water, and came into His own city. And behold they brought to Him one sick of the palsy lying in bed. And Jesus seeing their faith, said to the sick of the palsy: Have a good heart, son, thy sins are forgiven thee. And behold certain of the Scribes said within themselves, He blasphemeth. And Jesus seeing their thoughts, said, Wherefore think you evil in your hearts? Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins are forgiven thee: or to say, Arise, and walk? But that you may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then said He to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go into thine house. And he arose, and went into his house. And the multitudes, seeing it, were afraid, and glorified God that gave such power to men.