Epistle • Ecclesiasticus 45:1-6
Lesson from the Book of Ecclesiasticus.
[The Church applies to the holy Abbots the praises of Moses.]
Beloved of God and men, whose memory is in benediction. He made him like the saints in glory, and magnified him in the fear of his enemies, and with his words he made prodigies to cease. He glorified him in the sight of kings, and gave him commandments in the sight of his people, and showed him His glory.
He sanctified him in his faith and meekness, and chose him out of all flesh. For He heard him and his voice, and brought him into a cloud. And He gave him commandment before His face, and a law of life and instruction.
Gospel • Matthew 19:27-29
Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.
[Every one who has left all things for Christ, shall possess life everlasting.]
At that time, Peter said to Jesus: Behold we have left all things and have followed Thee: what therefore shall we have? And Jesus said to them: Amen I say to you, that you, who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man shall sit on the seat of His majesty, you also shall sit on twelve seats, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands for My Name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and shall possess life everlasting.