Book of Sirach
Till like a fire there appeared the prophet
whose words were as a flaming furnace.
Their staff of bread he shattered, in his
zeal he reduced them to straits;
By God's word he shut up the heavens and three
times brought down fire.
How awesome are you, ELIJAH! Whose glory is equal to
You were taken aloft in a whirlwind, in a chariot with fiery
You are destined, it is written, in time to come to put an end to wrath
before the day of the LORD, To turn back the hearts of fathers toward their sons, and to reestablish
the tribes of Jacob.
Blessed is he who shall have seen you before he
Shepherd of Israel, listen,
guide of the flock of Joseph! From your throne upon the cherubim reveal
Shepherd of Israel, listen, guide of the flock of Joseph! From your throne
upon the cherubim reveal yourself
to Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh. Stir up your
power, come to save us.
Turn again, LORD of hosts; look down from heaven and see;
Attend to this vine,
the shoot your right hand has planted.
help be with the man at your right hand, with the one whom you once made
Then we will not withdraw from you; revive us, and we will call on your
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew
Then the disciples asked him, "Why do the
scribes say that Elijah must come first?"
He said in reply, "Elijah will indeed come and
restore all things;
but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not
recognize him but did to him whatever they pleased. So also will the Son of Man suffer at their
Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the