May 27th, 2018

FIRST LESSON                                                                      Isaiah 6:1-8
Lector         A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah.
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts;  the whole earth is full of his glory.” The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”

SECOND LESSON                                                                  Romans 8:12-17
Lector     A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans.

So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh-- for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, "Abba! Father!" it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ-- if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.


Let us pray with faith to the blessed and glorious Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Preserve your Church in the true faith, to acknowledge with awe and reverence the mystery of the Holy Trinity. Fill our worship with adoration. Give us due humility and assurance as members of the Church which you have created, loved and sanctified.

Open human eyes to the wonder of things unseen. Make all lives richer in the hope of blessings more than we can comprehend. Give clearer vision to those in positions of power and influence.

Grant to us in our own lives a share in the mutual love of the Holy Trinity. May that unbroken harmony be shown in our families, in our work and in all our relationships.

Have mercy on those whose lives are crippled by strain and anxiety in themselves, and hostility to others. Release their tension, give them inward peace, restore them to the wholeness which is your will for all.

We pray for the departed who in this world held fast to the faith of the Holy Trinity and now adore you forever. May their example strengthen and prepare us for the coming of joy made complete and love made perfect in your heavenly Kingdom.

 [Here other intercessions may be offered.]

May our prayers be received in the unity of the Holy Trinity, three Persons, one God.  Amen.