May 22nd, 2019

Wednesday of Cantate (Easter 5)


First Reading: Lev. 23:23-44


 23And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 24Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.

 25Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.

 26And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 27Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.

 28And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the LORD your God.

 29For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people.

 30And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people.

 31Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.

 32It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.

 33And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 34Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD.

 35On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.

 36Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein.

 37These are the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD, a burnt offering, and a meat offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, every thing upon his day:

 38Beside the sabbaths of the LORD, and beside your gifts, and beside all your vows, and beside all your freewill offerings, which ye give unto the LORD.

 39Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath.

 40And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days.

 41And ye shall keep it a feast unto the LORD seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month.

 42Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths:

 43That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

 44And Moses declared unto the children of Israel the feasts of the LORD.



Second Reading: Lk. 12:35-53


 35Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;

 36And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.

 37Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.

 38And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.

 39And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.

 40Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.

 41Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all?

 42And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?

 43Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.

 44Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath.

 45But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken;

 46The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.

 47And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

 48But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

 49I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?

 50But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!

 51Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:

 52For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.

 53The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.



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