FIRST READING: Revelation 15: 1 - 4
1 Then I saw another portent in heaven, great and wonderful, seven angels with
seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is ended.
2 And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those
who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name,
standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands.
3 And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the
Lamb, saying, "Great and wonderful are thy deeds, O Lord God the Almighty!
Just and true are thy ways, O King of the ages!
4 Who shall not fear and glorify thy name, O Lord? For thou alone art holy. All
nations shall come and worship thee, for thy judgments have been revealed."
PSALM: Psalms 98: 1 - 3, 7 - 9
1 O sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right
hand and his holy arm have gotten him victory.
2 The LORD has made known his victory, he has revealed his vindication in
the sight of the nations.
3 He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.
7 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who dwell in it!
8 Let the floods clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together
9 before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world
with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.
GOSPEL: Luke 21: 12 - 19
12 But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you,
delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought
before kings and governors for my name's sake.
13 This will be a time for you to bear testimony.
14 Settle it therefore in your minds, not to meditate beforehand how to answer;
15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will
be able to withstand or contradict.
16 You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and kinsmen and
friends, and some of you they will put to death;
17 you will be hated by all for my name's sake.
18 But not a hair of your head will perish.
19 By your endurance you will gain your lives.