Book of Joel
Gird yourselves and weep, O priests! wail, O ministers of the altar!
Come, spend the night in sackcloth, O ministers of my God! The house of your God is deprived of
offering and libation.
Proclaim a fast, call an
assembly; Gather the elders, all who dwell in the land, Into the house of the LORD, your God, and
cry to the LORD!
Alas, the day! for near is the day of
the LORD, and it comes as ruin from the Almighty.
the trumpet in Zion, sound the alarm on my holy mountain! Let all who dwell in the land tremble, for
the day of the LORD is coming;
Yes, it is near, a day
of darkness and of gloom, a day of clouds and somberness! Like dawn spreading over the mountains, a
people numerous and mighty! Their like has not been from of old, nor will it be after them, even to
the years of distant generations.
I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart; I
will declare all your wondrous deeds.
I will delight
and rejoice in you; I will sing hymns to your name, Most High.
You rebuked the nations, you destroyed the wicked; their name you blotted out for all
The nations fall into the pit they dig; in the
snare they hide, their own foot is caught.
The LORD rules forever, has set up a throne
It is God who governs the world with
justice, who judges the peoples with fairness.
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to
Saint Luke 11:15-26.
Some of them said, "By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he
drives out demons."
Others, to test him, asked him for
a sign from heaven.
But he knew their thoughts and said
to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against
And if Satan is divided against himself, how
will his kingdom stand? For you say that it is by Beelzebul that I drive out demons.
If I, then, drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own people
drive them out? Therefore they will be your judges.
But if it
is by the finger of God that (I) drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon
When a strong man fully armed guards his palace,
his possessions are safe.
But when one stronger than he
attacks and overcomes him, he takes away the armor on which he relied and distributes the
Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever
does not gather with me scatters.
When an unclean
spirit goes out of someone, it roams through arid regions searching for rest but, finding none, it
says, 'I shall return to my home from which I came.'
But upon returning, it finds it swept clean and put in order.
Then it goes and brings back seven other spirits more wicked than
itself who move in and dwell there, and the last condition of that person is worse than the