Tenth Sunday after the Holy Cross,
Eve of the Fast of Heesnag
 It will be said on that day, “Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the LORD; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”
 For the hand of the LORD will rest on this mountain, and Moab shall be trodden down in his place, as straw is trodden down in a dung-pit.
 And he will spread out his hands in the midst of it as a swimmer spreads his hands out to swim; but the LORD will lay low his pride together with the skill of his hands.
 And the high fortifications of his walls he will bring down, lay low, and cast to the ground, even to the dust.
 In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:
“We have a strong city;
he sets up salvation
as walls and bulwarks.
 Open the gates,
that the righteous nation which keeps faith
may enter in.
 Thou dost keep him in perfect peace,
whose mind is stayed on thee,
because he trusts in thee.
 Trust in the LORD for ever,
for the LORD GOD
is an everlasting rock.
 For he has brought low
the inhabitants of the height,
the lofty city.
He lays it low, lays it low to the ground,
casts it to the dust.
 The foot tramples it,
the feet of the poor,
the steps of the needy.”
 The way of the righteous is level;
thou dost make smooth the path of the righteous.
 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,
To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philip’pi, with the bishops and deacons:
 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you,
 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy,
 thankful for your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.
 And I am sure that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
 It is right for me to feel thus about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel.
 For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.
 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment,
 so that you may approve what is excellent, and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,
 filled with the fruits of righteousness which come through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
 “Let these words sink into your ears; for the Son of man is to be delivered into the hands of men.”
 But they did not understand this saying, and it was concealed from them, that they should not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.
 And an argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest.
 But when Jesus perceived the thought of their hearts, he took a child and put him by his side,
 and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me; for he who is least among you all is the one who is great.”
 John answered, “Master, we saw a man casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him, because he does not follow with us.”
 But Jesus said to him, “Do not forbid him; for he that is not against you is for you.”
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