Collects, Epistles and Gospels
for the Proper of Saints

Saint John of Damascus, Confessor and Doctor


The Collect.
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who, for the defence of the honour of holy images, didst endue thy blessed Saint John with heavenly learning and wondrous strength of spirit: grant unto us, we pray thee, that, by his intercession, and example; we may so honour the images of thy Saints, that we may follw them in all true godliness, and feel the effectual succour of their advocacy. Through.

For the Epistle. Wisdom 10:10
The Lord guided the righteous in right paths, shewed him the kingdom of God, and gave him knowledge of holy things: made him right in his travels, and multiplied the fruit of his labours. In the covetousness of such as oppressed him he stood by him, and made him right. He defended him from his enemies, and kept him safe from those that lay in wait, and in a sore conflict he gave him the victory; that he might know that godliness is stronger than all. When the righteous was sold, wisdom forsook him not, but delivered him from sin: she went down with him into the pit, and left him not in bonds, till she brought him the sceptre of the kingdom, and power against those that oppressed him: as for those that had accused him, she shewed them to be liars, and gave him perpetual glory, O Lord our God.

The Gospel. St Luke 6:6
And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered. And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him. But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth. Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it? And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other. And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus.




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