March 16th, 2019

Saturday of Invocavit (Lent 1)


First Reading: Gen. 15:1-21


 1After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

 2And Abram said, LORD God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?

 3And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.

 4And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.

 5And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.

 6And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

 7And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.

 8And he said, LORD God, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?

 9And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.

 10And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not.

 11And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away.

 12And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.

 13And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;

 14And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.

 15And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.

 16But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

 17And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.

 18In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:

 19The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites,

 20And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims,

 21And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.



Second Reading: Mk. 5:21-43


 21And when Jesus was passed over again by ship unto the other side, much people gathered unto him: and he was nigh unto the sea.

 22And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet,

 23And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live.

 24And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.

 25And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,

 26And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,

 27When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.

 28For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.

 29And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.

 30And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?

 31And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?

 32And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.

 33But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.

 34And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

 35While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?

 36As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.

 37And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James.

 38And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly.

 39And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.

 40And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying.

 41And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.

 42And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.

 43And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat.



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