The Exalted One

Christ Jesus was in the form of God:
yet he did not think to grasp at equality with God,
but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant:
and was born in our human likeness.

Gospel Reading - The 10 Virgins


1“The Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of ten bridesmaidsa who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2-4But only five of them were wise enough to fill their lamps with oil, while the other five were foolish and forgot.

5-6“So, when the bridegroom was delayed, they lay down to rest until midnight, when they were roused by the shout, ‘The bridegroom is coming! Come out and welcome him!’

7-8“All the girls jumped up and trimmed their lamps. Then the five who hadn’t any oil begged the others to share with them, for their lamps were going out.

9“But the others replied, ‘We haven’t enough. Go instead to the shops and buy some for yourselves.’

10“But while they were gone, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked.

11 “Later, when the other five returned, they stood outside, calling, ‘Sir, open the door for us!’

12“But he called back, ‘Go away! It is too late!’b

13“So stay awake and be prepared, for you do not know the date or moment of my return.[c]

. . . . . .Matthew 25:1-13
  1. Literally, “virgins.”
  2. Literally, “I know you not.”
  3. Implied.

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
     hallowed be your name,
     your kingdom come,
     your will be done,
          on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
     as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
     and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
     now and for ever.