Readings for the Feast of the Ephrem of Edessa, Deacon

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Feast Day: June 10

Proverbs 3:1-7
Psalm 98:5-10or
Psalm 33:1-5,20-21
Matthew 13:47-52

Pour out on us, O Lord, that same Spirit by which your deacon Ephrem rejoiced to proclaim in sacred song the mysteries of faith; and so gladden our hearts that we, like him, may be devoted to you alone; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Proverbs 3:1-7

My child, do not forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commandments;
for length of days and years of life
and abundant welfare they will give you.

Do not let loyalty and faithfulness forsake you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will find favor and good repute
in the sight of God and of people.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own insight.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.

Psalm 98:5-10

5 Sound praises to the Lord, all the earth; *
 break into singing and make music.
6 Make music to the Lord with the lyre, *
 with the lyre and the voice of melody.
7 With trumpets and the sound of the horn *
 sound praises before the Lord, the King.
8 Let the sea thunder and all that fills it, *
 the world and all that dwell upon it.
9 Let the rivers clap their hands *
 and let the hills ring out together before the Lord,
   for he comes to judge the earth.
10 In righteousness shall he judge the world *
 and the peoples with equity.


Psalm 33:1-5,20-21

1 Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous, *
 for it is good for the just to sing praises.
2 Praise the Lord with the lyre; *
 on the ten-stringed harp sing his praise.
3 Sing for him a new song; *
 play skilfully, with shouts of praise.
4 For the word of the Lord is true *
 and all his works are sure.
5 He loves righteousness and justice; *
 the earth is full of the loving-kindness of the Lord.
20 Our soul waits longingly for the Lord; *
 he is our help and our shield.
21 Indeed, our heart rejoices in him; *
 in his holy name have we put our trust.

Matthew 13:47-52

‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. ‘Have you understood all this?’ They answered, ‘Yes.’ And he said to them, ‘Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.’

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