The Fifth Sunday After The Epiphany
O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Colossians 3:12-17
PUT on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved,
a heart of compassion, kindness, humbleness of mind,
meekness, long-suffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving
one another, if any man have a quarrel against any:
even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all
these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which
also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the
word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching
and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and
spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name
of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by
The Gospel. Matthew 13:24-30
THE kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which
sowed good seed in his field: but while men slept, his
enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went
his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought
forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants
of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not
thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath
it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this.
The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and
gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up
the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest
I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares,
and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the
wheat into my barn.