Notes from the Subdeacon
9th Sunday after Trinity
Collect: Grant to us, Lord, we beseech thee, the spirit to think and do always such things as be rightful: that we who cannot do anything that is good without thee, may by thee be enabled to live according to thy will. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, Our Lord: Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
The Introit: Ps 54 (Ecce Deus) Behold, God is my helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul: he shall reward evil unto mine enemies: destroy thou them in thy truth, O Lord, my defender.
The Epistle: 1st Corinthians 10:6-13 St Paul here gives a very sobering warning to all of us. We must not think that once we baptized it is impossible for us to sin again. Temptations from the world, the flesh, and the devil will still assail us. In order to refrain from sin, we must be firmly rooted and grounded in Christ. In His Body, the Church, there is continuing spiritual nourishment and healing in the sacraments and the liturgical life of the Church. And, indeed, we have His sure promise that we will never be tempted beyond what we are able to resist.
Gradual: Ps 8 O Lord our Governor, how excellent is thy Name in all the world. Thou hast set thy glory above the heavens.
Alleluia: Ps 59 Deliver me from mine enemies, O God: defend me from them that rise up against me. Alleluia.
The Gospel: St. Luke 15:11-32 Christ gives us the Parable of the Prodigal Son to help us understand just how serious God’s love for sinners is.
Offertory: Ps 19 The statutes of the Lord are right, and rejoice the heart: his judgments are sweeter also than honey and the honey-comb: moreover by them is thy servant taught.
Communion: St. John 6 He that eateth my Flesh and drinketh my Blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him, saith the Lord.