The Seventeenth Sunday After Trinity
LORD, we pray thee that thy grace may always both
precede and follow us, and make us continually to
be given to all good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Epistle. Ephesians 4:1-6
I THEREFORE, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that
ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
with all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing
one another in love; endeavouring to keep the unity of
the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one
Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one
Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all,
who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
The Gospel. St. Luke 14:1-11
IT came to pass, as Jesus went into the house of one of
the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that
they watched him. And, behold, there was a certain man
before him which had the dropsy. And Jesus answering
spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful
to heal on the sabbath day? And they held their peace.
And he took him, and healed him, and let him go; and
answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or
an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him
out on the sabbath day? And they could not answer him
again to these things. And he put forth a parable to those
which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief seats; saying unto them, When thou art bidden of
any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest seat; lest
a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him; and
he that bade thee and him, come and say to thee, Give this
man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest
place. But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the
lowest place; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may
say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have
worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee.
For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that
humbleth himself shall be exalted.