The Third Sunday after Easter.
Hoc enim sentite in vobis
Let this mind be in you, * which was also in Christ Jesus:
Who, being in the form of God, * thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, * and was made in the likeness of men:
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, * and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, * and given him a name which is above every name:
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, * of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, * to the glory of God the Father.
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, * not as in my presence only,
But now much more in my absence, * work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
For it is God which worketh in you * both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Do all things without murmurings and disputings: * That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke,
In the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, * among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
Holding forth the word of life; * that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.
ALMIGHTY God, who shewest to them that be in error the light of thy truth, to the intent that they may return into the way of righteousness; Grant unto all them that are admitted into the fellowship of Christ’s Religion, that they may eschew those things that are contrary to their profession, and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same; through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Old Testament Reading: 1 Samuel 2.1b-10
Psalter: Psalm 120, 121, 122 | 123, 124, 125
Epistle Reading: 1 Peter 2.11-17
Gospel Reading: St. John 16.16-24
Saint Mark the Evangelist
O ALMIGHTY God, who hast instructed thy holy Church with the heavenly doctrine of thy Evangelist Saint Mark; Give us grace that, being not like children carried away with every blast of vain doctrine, we may be established in the truth of thy holy Gospel; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Epistle Reading: Ephesians 4.7-16
Gospel Reading: John 15.1-11
“Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen” (2 Peter 3.14-18).