The Twentieth Sunday After Trinity
O ALMIGHTY and most merciful God, of thy bountiful
goodness keep us, we beseech thee, from all things
that may hurt us; that we, being ready both in body and soul, may cheerfully accomplish those things which thou
commandest; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Ephesians 5:15-21
SEE then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but
as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the
will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is
excess; but be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves
in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making
melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always
for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our
Lord Jesus Christ; submitting yourselves one to another in
the fear of God.
The Gospel. St. Matthew 22:1-14
JESUS said, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain
king, which made a marriage for his son, and sent forth
his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding:
and they would not come. Again, he sent forth other
servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I
have prepared my dinner: mine oxen and my fatlings are
killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.
But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his
farm, another to his merchandise: and the remnant took
his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.
But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he
sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and
burned up their city. Then saith he to his servants, The wedding
is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.
Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall
find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into
the highways, and gathered together all as many as they
found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished
with guests. And when the king came in to see the guests, he
saw there a man which had not on a wedding-garment: and
he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding-garment? And he was speechless. Then
said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and
take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall
be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but
few are chosen.