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St. Michael & All Angels’ Day 24th September (transferred)
 
 

 
First Reading     Genesis 28:10-17
 
Jacob left Beer-sheba and went towards Haran. He came to a certain place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place. And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And the Lord stood beside him and said, ‘I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring; and your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you and in your offspring. Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.’ Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place—and I did not know it!’ And he was afraid, and said, ‘How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.’
 
 

 
 
Psalm        103
 
 
Refrain: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
 
 
The Lord has set his throne in heaven,
 
and his kingship has dominion over all.
 
Bless the Lord, you angels of his,
 
you mighty ones, who do his bidding,
 
and hearken to the voice of his word. (R)

 
 
Bless the Lord, all you his hosts,
 
you minsters of his who do his will.
 
Bless the Lord, all you works of his,
 
in all places of his do - minion;
 
bless the Lord, O my soul. (R)

 
 
 
 
 
Second Reading          Revelation 12:7-12
 
War broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought back, but they were defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
 
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming,
 
‘Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Messiah, for the accuser of our comrades has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.
 
But they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they did not cling to life even in the face of death.
 
Rejoice then, you heavens and those who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to you with great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!’
 
 
 
 
 
The Holy Gospel         John 1:47-51
 
When Jesus saw Nathanael coming towards him, he said of him, ‘Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!’ Nathanael asked him, ‘Where did you come to know me?’ Jesus answered, ‘I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.’ Nathanael replied, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!’ Jesus answered, ‘Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.’ And he said to him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.’
 
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