Thursday, June 18, 2020
Reading (Ecclesiasticus 48:1-14)
 Then stood up Elias the prophet as fire, and his word burned like a lamp.  He brought a sore famine upon them, and by his zeal he diminished their number.  By the word of the Lord he shut up the heaven, and also three times brought down fire.  O Elias, how wast thou honoured in thy wondrous deeds! and who may glory like unto thee!  Who didst raise up a dead man from death, and his soul from the place of the dead, by the word of the most High:  Who broughtest kings to destruction, and honorable men from their bed:  Who heardest the rebuke of the Lord in Sinai, and in Horeb the judgment of vengeance:  Who annointedst kings to take revenge, and prophets to succeed after him:  Who was taken up in a whirlwind of fire, and in a chariot of fiery horses:  Who wast ordained for reproofs in their times, to pacify the wrath of the Lord’s judgment, before it brake forth into fury, and to turn the heart of the father unto the son, and to restore the tribes of Jacob.  Blessed are they that saw thee, and slept in love; for we shall surely live.  Elias it was, who was covered with a whirlwind: and Eliseus was filled with his spirit: whilst he lived, he was not moved with the presence of any prince, neither could any bring him into subjection. No word could overcome him; and after his death his body prophesied.  He did wonders in his life, and at his death were his works marvellous.
Gospel (Matthew 6:7-15)
 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.  Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.  After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.  For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:  But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.