The Eleventh Sunday after Trinity

Color: Green; Intent: Discernment


O Indwelling Lord, whose never-failing guidance ordereth our lives both within and without, grant that we may unfold within ourselves such discernment, that we may avoid those things hurtful to the soul and seek only those things that give us strength to know thee, to love thee and to serve thee; O Thou our beginning and end, our rising sun and evening star. Amen.


The Lesson is taken from the Book of the Revelation of St. John the Divine:
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying: Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men and he will dwell with them and they shall be his people and God himself shall be with them and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said: Behold, I make all things new.


The Gospel is taken from the Gospel of Truth:
But when the light appears, man comes to recognize that the fear which took hold of him was nothing. Thus men were in ignorance concerning the Father, Him Whom they saw not. When this ignorance inspired them fear and confusion left them uncertain and hesitant, divided and torn into shreds, there were many vain illusions and empty and absurd fictions tormented them, like sleepers who are prey to nightmares. But only down to the moment when those who have passed through all this have woken up. Then they see nothing, for all those dreams are naught. Thus they have cast their ignorance far away from them, like the dream which they account as naught.