Lesson, Osee 6, 1-6
Thus saith the Lord, In their affliction they will rise early to Me: Come, and let us return to the Lord; for He hath taken us, and He will heal us: He will strike, and He will cure us. He will revive us after two days; on the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight. We shall know, and we shall follow on, that we may know the Lord. His going forth is prepared as the morning light, and He will come to us as the early and the latter rain to the earth. What shall I do to thee, O Ephraim? What shall I do to thee, O Juda? Your mercy is as a morning cloud, and as the dew that goeth away in the morning. For this reason have I hewed them by the prophets. I have slain them by the words of My mouth: and Thy judgments shall go forth as the light. For I desired mercy and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than holocausts.
Gal. 6, 14
But it behooves us to glory in the cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ: in Whom is our salvation, life, and resurrection; by Whom we are saved and delivered. May God have mercy on us, and bless us: may He cause the light of His countenance to shine upon us, and may He have mercy on us.
Phil. 2, 8, 9
Christ became obedient for us unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath exalted Him, and hath given Him a name which is above every name.
Ps 139, 2-10, 14
Deliver me, O Lord, from the evil man; rescue me from the unjust man. Who have devised wickedness in their heart; all the day long they designed battles. They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; the venom of asps is under their lips. Keep me, O Lord, from the hand of the sinner; and from unjust men deliver me. Who have proposed to supplant my steps; the proud have hid a net for me. And they have stretched out cords for a snare for my feet; they have laid for me a stumbling-block by the wayside. I said to the Lord Thou art my God; hear, O Lord, the voice of my supplication. O Lord, Lord, the strength of my salvation, over-shadow my head in the day of battle. Give me not up, from my desire to the wicked: they have plotted against me: do not Thou forsake me, lest at any time they should triumph. The head of them compassing me about: the labor of their lips shall overwhelm them. But the just shall give glory to Thy name; and the upright shall dwell with Thy countenance.