on Saturday of the 1st week of Advent
Liturgical Colour: White.
These are the readings for the feria
|Isaiah 30:19-21,23-26 ©|
The harvest is rich but the labourers are few
Jesus made a tour through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom and curing all kinds of diseases and sickness.
And when he saw the crowds he felt sorry for them because they were harassed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest.’
He summoned his twelve disciples, and gave them authority over unclean spirits with power to cast them out and to cure all kinds of diseases and sickness. These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them as follows: ‘Go rather to the lost sheep of the House of Israel. And as you go, proclaim that the kingdom of heaven is close at hand. Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out devils. You received without charge, give without charge.’
Καὶ περιῆγεν ὁ Ἰησοῦς τὰς πόλεις πάσας καὶ τὰς κώμας διδάσκων ἐν ταῖς συναγωγαῖς αὐτῶν καὶ κηρύσσων τὸ εὐαγγέλιον τῆς βασιλείας καὶ θεραπεύων πᾶσαν νόσον καὶ πᾶσαν μαλακίαν.
ἰδὼν δὲ τοὺς ὄχλους ἐσπλαγχνίσθη περὶ αὐτῶν ὅτι ἦσαν ἐσκυλμένοι καὶ ἐρριμμένοι ὡσεὶ πρόβατα μὴ ἔχοντα ποιμένα. τότε λέγει τοῖς μαθηταῖς αὐτοῦ· ὁ μὲν θερισμὸς πολύς, οἱ δὲ ἐργάται ὀλίγοι· δεήθητε οὖν τοῦ κυρίου τοῦ θερισμοῦ ὅπως ἐκβάλῃ ἐργάτας εἰς τὸν θερισμὸν αὐτοῦ.
Καὶ προσκαλεσάμενος τοὺς δώδεκα μαθητὰς αὐτοῦ ἔδωκεν αὐτοῖς ἐξουσίαν πνευμάτων ἀκαθάρτων ὥστε ἐκβάλλειν αὐτὰ καὶ θεραπεύειν πᾶσαν νόσον καὶ πᾶσαν μαλακίαν. Τούτους τοὺς δώδεκα ἀπέστειλεν ὁ Ἰησοῦς παραγγείλας αὐτοῖς λέγων· πορεύεσθε δὲ μᾶλλον πρὸς τὰ πρόβατα τὰ ἀπολωλότα οἴκου Ἰσραήλ. πορευόμενοι δὲ κηρύσσετε λέγοντες ὅτι ἤγγικεν ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν. ἀσθενοῦντας θεραπεύετε, νεκροὺς ἐγείρετε, λεπροὺς καθαρίζετε, δαιμόνια ἐκβάλλετε· δωρεὰν ἐλάβετε, δωρεὰν δότε.
These are the readings for the memorial
|Ephesians 3:8-12 ©|
The good shepherd is one who lays down his life for his sheep
‘I am the good shepherd:
the good shepherd is one who lays down his life for his sheep.
The hired man, since he is not the shepherd
and the sheep do not belong to him,
abandons the sheep and runs away
as soon as he sees a wolf coming,
and then the wolf attacks and scatters the sheep;
this is because he is only a hired man
and has no concern for the sheep.
‘I am the good shepherd;
I know my own
and my own know me,
just as the Father knows me
and I know the Father;
and I lay down my life for my sheep.
And there are other sheep I have
that are not of this fold,
and these I have to lead as well.
They too will listen to my voice,
and there will be only one flock,
and one shepherd.’
Ἐγώ εἰμι ὁ ποιμὴν ὁ καλός.
ὁ ποιμὴν ὁ καλὸς τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ τίθησιν ὑπὲρ τῶν προβάτων·
ὁ μισθωτὸς καὶ οὐκ ὢν ποιμήν,
οὗ οὐκ ἔστιν τὰ πρόβατα ἴδια,
θεωρεῖ τὸν λύκον ἐρχόμενον
καὶ ἀφίησιν τὰ πρόβατα καὶ φεύγει-
καὶ ὁ λύκος ἁρπάζει αὐτὰ καὶ σκορπίζει-
ὅτι μισθωτός ἐστιν
καὶ οὐ μέλει αὐτῷ περὶ τῶν προβάτων.
Ἐγὼ εἰμι ὁ ποιμὴν ὁ καλὸς
καὶ γινώσκω τὰ ἐμὰ
καὶ γινώσκουσιν με τὰ ἐμά,
καθὼς γινώσκει με ὁ πατὴρ
καγὼ γινώσκω τὸν πατέρα,
καὶ τὴν ψυχὴν μου τίθημι ὑπὲρ τῶν προβάτων.
καὶ ἀλλὰ πρόβατα ἔχω
ἃ οὐκ ἐστιν ἐκ τῆς αὐλῆς ταύτης·
κακεῖνα δεῖ με ἀγαγεῖν
καὶ τῆς φωνῆς μου ἀκούσουσιν,
καὶ γενήσονται μία ποίμνη,
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