Book of Wisdom
For when peaceful stillness compassed everything and the night in its
swift course was half spent,
Your all-powerful word
from heaven's royal throne bounded, a fierce warrior, into the doomed land,
bearing the sharp sword of your inexorable decree. And as he alighted,
he filled every place with death; he still reached to heaven, while he stood upon the
For all creation, in its several kinds, was
being made over anew, serving its natural laws, that your children might be preserved
The cloud overshadowed their camp; and out of
what had before been water, dry land was seen emerging: Out of the Red Sea an unimpeded road, and a
grassy plain out of the mighty flood.
Over this crossed
the whole nation sheltered by your hand, after they beheld stupendous wonders.
For they ranged about like horses, and bounded about like lambs,
praising you, O LORD! their deliverer.
Sing praise, play music; proclaim all his wondrous
Glory in his holy name; rejoice, O hearts that
seek the LORD!
He struck down every firstborn in the
land, the first fruits of all their vigor.
his people out, laden with silver and gold; no stragglers among the tribes.
For he remembered his
sacred word to Abraham his servant.
He brought his
people out with joy, his chosen ones with shouts of triumph.
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ
according to Saint Luke 18:1-8.
Then he told them a parable about the
necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. He said,
There was a judge in a certain town who neither feared God nor respected any human
And a widow in that town used to come to him and
say, 'Render a just decision for me against my adversary.'
For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought, 'While it is true that
I neither fear God nor respect any human being,
this widow keeps bothering me I shall deliver a just decision for her lest she finally come and
The Lord said, "Pay attention to what the
dishonest judge says.
Will not God then secure the
rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer
I tell you, he will see to it that justice is
done for them speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"