May 20th, 2019

Monday of Cantate (Easter 5)


First Reading: Lev. 21:1-24


 1And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto the priests the sons of Aaron, and say unto them, There shall none be defiled for the dead among his people:

 2But for his kin, that is near unto him, that is, for his mother, and for his father, and for his son, and for his daughter, and for his brother.

 3And for his sister a virgin, that is nigh unto him, which hath had no husband; for her may he be defiled.

 4But he shall not defile himself, being a chief man among his people, to profane himself.

 5They shall not make baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off the corner of their beard, nor make any cuttings in their flesh.

 6They shall be holy unto their God, and not profane the name of their God: for the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and the bread of their God, they do offer: therefore they shall be holy.

 7They shall not take a wife that is a whore, or profane; neither shall they take a woman put away from her husband: for he is holy unto his God.

 8Thou shalt sanctify him therefore; for he offereth the bread of thy God: he shall be holy unto thee: for I the LORD, which sanctify you, am holy.

 9And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the whore, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire.

 10And he that is the high priest among his brethren, upon whose head the anointing oil was poured, and that is consecrated to put on the garments, shall not uncover his head, nor rend his clothes;

 11Neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself for his father, or for his mother;

 12Neither shall he go out of the sanctuary, nor profane the sanctuary of his God; for the crown of the anointing oil of his God is upon him: I am the LORD.

 13And he shall take a wife in her virginity.

 14A widow, or a divorced woman, or profane, or an harlot, these shall he not take: but he shall take a virgin of his own people to wife.

 15Neither shall he profane his seed among his people: for I the LORD do sanctify him.

 16And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 17Speak unto Aaron, saying, Whosoever he be of thy seed in their generations that hath any blemish, let him not approach to offer the bread of his God.

 18For whatsoever man he be that hath a blemish, he shall not approach: a blind man, or a lame, or he that hath a flat nose, or any thing superfluous,

 19Or a man that is brokenfooted, or brokenhanded,

 20Or crookbackt, or a dwarf, or that hath a blemish in his eye, or be scurvy, or scabbed, or hath his stones broken;

 21No man that hath a blemish of the seed of Aaron the priest shall come nigh to offer the offerings of the LORD made by fire: he hath a blemish; he shall not come nigh to offer the bread of his God.

 22He shall eat the bread of his God, both of the most holy, and of the holy.

 23Only he shall not go in unto the vail, nor come nigh unto the altar, because he hath a blemish; that he profane not my sanctuaries: for I the LORD do sanctify them.

 24And Moses told it unto Aaron, and to his sons, and unto all the children of Israel.



Second Reading: Lk. 12:1-12


 1In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

 2For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.

 3Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.

 4And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.

 5But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.

 6Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?

 7But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.

 8Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God:

 9But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.

 10And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.

 11And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say:

 12For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.



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