March 15th, 2019

Friday of Invocavit (Lent 1)


First Reading: Gen. 13:1-18


 1And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south.

 2And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.

 3And he went on his journeys from the south even to Bethel, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Hai;

 4Unto the place of the altar, which he had make there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the LORD.

 5And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.

 6And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together.

 7And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram's cattle and the herdmen of Lot's cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land.

 8And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.

 9Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.

 10And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.

 11Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.

 12Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.

 13But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.

 14And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:

 15For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.

 16And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.

 17Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.

 18Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD.



Second Reading: Mk. 5:1-20


 1And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.

 2And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,

 3Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:

 4Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.

 5And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.

 6But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,

 7And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.

 8For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.

 9And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.

 10And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.

 11Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding.

 12And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.

 13And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.

 14And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done.

 15And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.

 16And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine.

 17And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts.

 18And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.

 19Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.

 20And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.



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