Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Feast of the Holy Church
 Look toward the east, O Jerusalem,
and see the joy that is coming to you from God!
 Behold, your sons are coming, whom you sent away;
they are coming, gathered from east and west,
at the word of the Holy One,
rejoicing in the glory of God.
 Take off the garment of your sorrow and affliction,
and put on for ever the beauty of the glory from God.
 Put on the robe of the righteousness from God;
put on your head the diadem of the glory of the Everlasting.
 For God will show your splendor everywhere under heaven.
 For your name will for ever be called by God,
“Peace of righteousness and glory of godliness.”
 Arise, O Jerusalem, stand upon the height
and look toward the east,
and see your children gathered from west and east,
at the word of the Holy One,
rejoicing that God has remembered them.
 For they went forth from you on foot,
led away by their enemies;
but God will bring them back to you,
carried in glory, as on a royal throne.
 For God has ordered that every high mountain
and the everlasting hills be made low
and the valleys filled up, to make level ground,
so that Israel may walk safely in the glory of God.
 The woods and every fragrant tree
have shaded Israel at God’s command.
 For God will lead Israel with joy,
in the light of his glory,
with the mercy and righteousness that come from him.
 Therefore, holy brethren, who share in a heavenly call, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession.
 He was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in God’s house.
 Yet Jesus has been counted worthy of as much more glory than Moses as the builder of a house has more honor than the house.
 (For every house is built by some one, but the builder of all things is God.)
 Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later,
 but Christ was faithful over God’s house as a son. And we are his house if we hold fast our confidence and pride in our hope.
 After this he went down to Caper’na-um, with his mother and his brothers and his disciples; and there they stayed for a few days.
 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
 In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers at their business.
 And making a whip of cords, he drove them all, with the sheep and oxen, out of the temple; and he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables.
 And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; you shall not make my Father’s house a house of trade.”
 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for thy house will consume me.”
 The Jews then said to him, “What sign have you to show us for doing this?”
 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
 The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?”
 But he spoke of the temple of his body.
 When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word which Jesus had spoken.
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