Book of Baruch
Fear not, my people! Remember, Israel,
were sold to the nations not for your destruction; It was because you angered God that you were
handed over to your foes.
For you provoked your Maker
with sacrifices to demons, to no-gods;
You forsook the
Eternal God who nourished you, and you grieved Jerusalem who fostered you.
She indeed saw coming upon you the anger of God; and she said: "Hear,
you neighbors of Zion! God has brought great mourning upon me,
For I have seen the captivity that the Eternal God has brought upon my sons and
With joy I fostered them; but with mourning
and lament I let them go.
Let no one gloat over me, a
widow, bereft of many: For the sins of my children I am left desolate, because they turned from the
law of God,
Fear not, my children; call out to God! He
who brought this upon you will remember you.
hearts have been disposed to stray from God, turn now ten times the more to seek
For he who has brought disaster upon you will, in
saving you, bring you back enduring joy."
"See, you lowly ones, and be glad; you who seek God, take
For the LORD hears the poor, does not spurn
those in bondage.
Let the heavens and the earth sing
praise, the seas and whatever moves in them!"
rescue Zion, rebuild the cities of Judah. God's servants shall dwell in the land and possess
shall be the heritage of their descendants; those who love God's name shall dwell
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 10:17-24.
The seventy (-two)
returned rejoicing, and said, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your
Jesus said, "I have observed Satan fall like
lightning from the sky.
Behold, I have given you the power
'to tread upon serpents' and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm
Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits
are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven."
At that very moment he rejoiced (in) the holy Spirit and said, "I give
you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the
wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your
All things have been handed over to me by my
Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and
anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him."
to the disciples in private he said, "Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.
For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see,
but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it."