The Uncommon Lectionary provides readings from gospels outside the New Testament—Thomas, Peter, Mary (Magdalene), the Sayings Gospel Q—and from other early church documents such as the Didache, the Secret Book of James, and the Odes of Solomon. Designed to complement and supplement common lectionaries, it helps priests, pastors, and liturgical leaders introduce modern listeners to the message of Jesus as it was understood and experienced in all its variety by his earliest followers. The section below provides Epiphany readings following the liturgical calendar.
Epiphany 1 — The Baptism of Jesus
First Reading: Isaiah 40:1–8, Tanakh
Comfort, oh comfort My people,
Says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
And declare to her
That her term of service is over,
That her iniquity is expiated;
For she has received at the hand of the LORD
Double for all her sins.
A voice rings out:
“Clear in the desert
A road for the LORD!
Level in the wilderness
A highway for our God!
Let every valley be raised,
Every hill and mount made low.
Let the rugged ground become level
And the ridges become plain.
The Presence of the Lord shall appear
And all flesh, as one, shall behold —
For the LORD Himself has spoken.”
A voice rings out: “Proclaim!”
Another asks, “What shall I proclaim?”
“All flesh is grass,
All its goodness like flowers of the field:
Grass withers, flowers fade
When the breath of the Lord blows on them.
Indeed, man is but grass:
Grass withers, flowers fade —
But the word of our God is always fulfilled!”
Second Reading: Mark 1:1–6 SV, Q 3:7–9, 16b–17, Robinson
The good news of Jesus the Anointed begins with something Isaiah the prophet wrote:
Here is my messenger,
whom I send on ahead of you
to prepare your way!
A voice of someone shouting in the wilderness:
“Make ready the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.”
So, John the Baptizer appeared in the wilderness calling for baptism and a change of heart that lead to forgiveness of sins. And everyone from the Judean countryside and all the residents of Jerusalem streamed out to him and got baptized by him in the Jordan river, admitting their sins. And John wore a mantel made of camel hair and had a leather belt around his waist and lived on locusts and raw honey. …
He saw the crowds coming to be baptized: Snakes’ litter! Who warned you to run from the impending rage? So bear fruit worthy of repentance, and do not presume to tell yourselves: We have as forefather Abraham! For I tell you: God can produce children for Abraham right out of these rocks! And the ax already lies at the root of the trees. So every tree not bearing healthy fruit is to be chopped down and thrown on the fire.
I baptize you in water, but the one to come after me is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to take off. He will baptize you in Holy Spirit and fire. His pitchfork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather the wheat into his granary, but the chaff he will burn on a fire that can never be put out.
Psalm: Ode 24
The dove flies over the head of the Anointed One who is her head*
She sings over him and her voice is heard.
The inhabitants are afraid and travelers shudder.*
Birds take flight and all creeping things die in their holes.
Chasms open and close, seeking God as a woman in labor…*
Chasms sink and are sealed by the Lord.
People perish in their old ways of thinking.*
Everyone is imperfect and dies, saying nothing.
The Lord destroys the imagination of all who do not have truth.*
They are weak in wisdom and are rejected, lacking truth.
The Lord discloses the Way and spreads grace in alien lands.*
Those who understand know holiness. Hallelujah!
Gospel: Mark 1:9–13, SV, and Q 4:1–4, 9–12, 5–8, 13, Robinson
During that same period Jesus came from Nazareth, Galilee, and was baptized in the Jordan by John. And just as he got up out of the water, he saw the skies torn open and the spirit coming down toward him like a dove. There was a voice from the skies: “You are my dear son in whom I delight.”
And right away the spirit drives him out into the wilderness, where he remained for forty days, being put to the test by Satan. While he was living there among the wild animals, the heavenly messengers looked after him …
And the devil told him: If you are God’s Son, order that these stones become loaves. And Jesus answered him: It is written: A person is not to live only from bread.
The devil took him along to Jerusalem and put him on the tip of the temple and told him: If you are God’s Son, throw yourself down. For it is written: He will command his angels about you, and on their hands they will bear you, so that you do not strike your foot against a stone. And Jesus in reply told him: It is written: Do not put to the test the Lord your God.
And the devil took him along to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor, and told him: All these I will give you, if you bow down before me. And in reply Jesus told him; It is written: Bow down to the Lord your God, and serve only him.
First Reading: Deuteronomy 30:11–14, Tanakh
Surely, this Instruction which I enjoin upon you this day is not too baffling for you nor is it beyond your reach. It is not in the heavens, that you should say, “Who among us can go up to the heavens and get it for us and impart it to us, that we may observe it?” Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, “Who among us can cross to the other side of the sea and get it for us and impart it to us, that we may observe it?” No, the thing is very close to you, in your mouth and in your heart, to observe it.
Second Reading: Gospel of Philip 70:34–71:4, 74:29–31, 77:8–15, NHL
Jesus revealed himself at the Jordan: it was the fullness of the kingdom of heaven. He who was begotten before everything was begotten anew. He who was anointed was anointed anew. He who was redeemed in turn redeemed others . . .
As soon as Jesus went down into the water he came out laughing at everything of this world, not because he considers it a trifle, but because he is full of contempt for it . . .
By perfecting the water of Baptism, Jesus emptied it of death. Thus we do go down into the water, but we do not go down into death in order that we may not be poured out into the spirit of the world. When that spirit blows, it brings winter. When the Holy Spirit breathes, the summer comes.
Psalm: Sirach 51:13–18, NRSV
While I was still young, before I went on my travels,*
I sought wisdom openly in my prayer.
Before the temple I asked for her,*
and I will search for her until the end.
From the first blossom to the ripening grape*
my heart delighted in her.
My foot walked on the straight path;*
from my youth I followed her steps.
I inclined my ear a little and received her,*
and I found for myself much instruction.
I made progress in her;*
to him who gives wisdom I will give glory.
For I resolved to live according to wisdom,*
and I was zealous for the good, and I shall never be disappointed.
Gospel; Gospel of Thomas Prologue 1–5, SV
These are the secret sayings that the living Jesus spoke and Didymos Judas Thomas recorded. And he said, “Whoever discovers the interpretation of these sayings will not taste death.”
Jesus says, “Those who seek should not stop seeking until they find. When they find, they will be disturbed. When they are disturbed, they will marvel, and will rule over all, (and when they rule, they will rest.)
Jesus says, “If your leaders say to you, ‘Look, the Father’s imperial rule is in the sky,’ then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, ‘It is in the sea,’ then the fish will proceed you. Rather, the Father’s imperial rule is inside you and outside you. When you know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will understand that you are children of the living Father. But if you do not know yourselves, then you live in poverty, and you are the poverty.”
Jesus says, “A person old in days won’t hesitate to ask a little child seven days old about the place of life, and that person will live. For many of the first will be last, (and the last first) and will become a single one.”
Jesus says, “Know what is in front of your face, and what is hidden from you will be disclosed to you. For there is nothing hidden that won’t be revealed.
First Reading: Isaiah 64:1–3, Tanakh
If You would but tear open the heavens and come down,
So that the mountains would quake before You —
As when fire kindles brushwood,
And fire makes water boil —
To make Your name known to Your adversaries
So that nations will tremble at Your Presence,
When You did wonders we dared not hope for,
You came down
And mountains quaked before You.
Such things had never been heard or noted.
No eye has seen them O God, but You,
Who act for those who trust in You.
Second Reading: Gospel of the Hebrews 3, SV
The whole fountain of the holy spirit comes down on him. For the Lord is spirit and where the spirit is, there is freedom.
And it happened that when the Lord came up out of the water, the whole fountain of the holy spirit came down on him and rested on him. It said to him, “My Son, I was waiting for you in all the prophets, waiting for you to come so I could rest in you. For you are my rest; you are my first-begotten Son who rules forever.”
Psalm: Ode 11:1–8
My heart is cloven and a flower appears;*
grace springs up and fruit from You, Lord.
You, the Highest One, split me with Your Holy Spirit,*
expose my love for You and fill me with Your love.
Your splitting of my heart is my salvation*
and I follow the way of Your peace, the way of truth.
From the beginning to the end I receive Your knowledge*
and sit on the rock of truth where You place me.
Speaking waters come near my lips*
from the vast fountain of You, Lord.
I drink and am drunk with the living water that never dies,*
and my drunkenness gives me knowledge.
I turned off vanity, turned to You, my God,*
and Your bounty makes me rich.
I throw off the madness of the earth,*
I strip it from me and cast it away.
Gospel: Gospel of Thomas 8–11, 17, SV
Jesus says, The truly human being is like a wise fisherman who cast his net into the sea and drew it up from the sea full of little fish. Among them the wise fisherman discovered a fine large fish. He threw all the little fish back into the sea, and easily chose the large fish. Anyone here with two good ears had better listen!”
Jesus says, “Look, the sower went out, took a handful of seeds, and scattered them. Some fell on the road, and the birds came and gathered them. Others fell on rock, and they didn’t take root in the soil and didn’t produce heads of grain. Others fell on thorns, and they choked the seeds and worms ate them. And others fell on good soil, and it produced a good crop: it yielded sixty per measure and one hundred twenty per measure.
Jesus says, “I have cast fire upon the world, and look, I’m guarding it until it blazes.”
Jesus says, “This heaven will pass away, and the one above it will pass away. The dead are not alive, and the living will die. During the days when you ate what is dead, you made it come alive. When you are in the light, what will you do? On the day when you were one, you became two. But when you become two, what will you do?”
First Reading: Song of Solomon 1:1–4, Tanakh
Oh, give me of the kisses of your mouth,
For your love is more delightful than wine.
Your ointments yield a sweet fragrance,
Your name is like finest oil —
Therefore do maidens love you.
Draw me after you, let us run!
The king has brought me to his chambers.
Let us delight and rejoice in your love,
Savoring it more than wine —
Like new wine they love you!
Second Reading: Song of Solomon 2:1–6
I am a rose of Sharon,
A lily of the valleys.
Like a lily among thorns,
So is my darling among the maidens.
Like an apple tree among trees of the forest,
So is my beloved among the youths.
I delight to sit in his shade;
And his fruit is sweet to my mouth.
He brought me to the banquet room
And his banner of love was over me,
“Sustain me with raisin cakes,
Refresh me with apples,
For I am faint with love.”
His left hand was under my head,
His right arm embraced me.
Psalm: Ode 3
I am putting on Your love O Lord,*
I am clothing myself with You, for You Love me.
How would I know how to love You, Lord,*
if You did not love me?
And who can tell us about love?*
Only one who is loved.
I love You my Beloved and my soul loves You.*
I am where You repose and I will be no stranger.
For You are not petty or jealous,*
my high merciful Lord.
I have gone to unite with You,*
for the lover has found his Beloved,
and because I love the Son,*
I shall become Your child.
Whoever joins the immortal becomes immortal.*
Whoever delights in the Living One is living.
This is the Spirit of the Lord.*
It does not lie. It teaches us his ways.
Be wise. Be understanding,*
and let your eyes be open. Hallelujah!
Gospel: Luke 8:1–3, SV and Gospel of Philip 59:7–11, 63:32–64:5, NHL
Jesus travelled through towns and villages, preaching and announcing the good news of God’s imperial rule. The twelve were with him, and also some women whom he cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary, the one from Magdala, from whom seven demons had taken their leave, and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their resources. …
There were three who always walked with the Lord: Mary his mother and her sister and Magdalene, the one who was called his companion. His sister and his mother and his companion were each a Mary …
And the companion of the Savior is Mary Magdalene. But Christ loved her more than all the disciples and used to kiss her often on her mouth. The rest of the disciples were offended by it and expressed disapproval. They said to him, “Why do you love her more than all of us?” The Savior answered and said to them, “Why do I not love you like her?”
First Reading: Daniel 10:1–14, Tanakh
In the third year of King Cyrus, an oracle was revealed to Daniel, who was called Belteshazzar. That oracle was true, but it was a great task to understand the prophecy; understanding came to him through the vision.
At that time, I, Daniel, kept three full weeks of mourning. I ate no tasty food, nor did any meat or wine enter my mouth. I did not anoint myself until the three weeks were over. It was on the twenty-fourth day of the first month, when I was on the bank of the great river, the Tigris, that I looked and saw a man dressed in linen, his loins girt in fine gold. His body was like beryl, his face had the appearance of lightning, his eyes were flaming torches, his arms and legs had the color of burnished bronze, and the sound of his speech was like the noise of a multitude.
I, Daniel, alone saw the vision; the men who were with me did not see the vision, yet they were seized with a great terror and fled into hiding. So I was left alone to see this great vision. I was drained of strength, my vigor was destroyed, and I could not summon up strength. I heard him speaking; and when I heard him speaking, overcome by a deep sleep, I lay prostrate on the ground. Then a hand touched me, and shook me onto my hands and knees. He said to me, “O Daniel, greatly beloved man, understand the words that I say to you and stand up, for I have been sent to you.” After he said this to me, I stood up, trembling. He then said to me “Have no fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your mind to get understanding, practicing abstinence before your God, your prayer was heard, and I have come because of your prayer . . . So I have come to make you understand what is to befall your people in the days to come, for there is yet a vision for those days.”
Second Reading: Gospel of Philip 73:2–8, 75:22–24, 56:26–32, 57:19–22, 70:8–9 NHL
Those who say they will die first and then rise are in error. If they do not first receive the resurrection while they live, when they die they will receive nothing. So also when speaking about Baptism they say, “Baptism is a great thing,” because if they receive it they will live.
It is necessary that we put on the living new human being. Therefore when he is about to go down into the water, he unclothes himself, in order that he may put on the living new human being …
Some are afraid lest they rise naked. Because of this they wish to rise in the flesh, and they do not know it is those who wear the flesh who are naked. It is those who unclothe themselves who are not naked …
In this world those who put on garments are better than the garments. In the kingdom of heaven the garments are better than those who have put them on. … One will clothe himself in this light sacramentally in the union …
Psalm: Ode 30
Drink deeply from the living fountain of the Lord. It is opening for You.*
Come, all who are thirsty and drink, and rest by the fountain of the Lord.
How beautiful and pure. It rests the soul, water sweeter than honey.*
The honeycombs of bees are nothing in comparison.
This water flows from the lips of the Lord.*
It’s Name is from the Lord’s heart.
It is invisible and has no borders.*
It is unknown until it comes into our midst.
Those who drink it are blessed*
and they rest. Hallelujah!
Gospel: Secret Gospel of Mark 1, 2 SV
And they come into Bethany, and this woman was there whose brother had died. She knelt down in front of Jesus and says to him, “Son of David, have mercy on me.” But the disciples rebuked her. And Jesus got angry and went with her into the garden where the tomb was. Just then a loud voice was heard from inside the tomb. Then Jesus went up and rolled the stone away from the entrance to the tomb. He went right in where the young man was, stuck out his hand, dragged him by the hand, and raised him up. The young man looked at Jesus, loved him, and began to beg him to be with him. Then they left the tomb and went into the young man’s house. (Incidentally, he was rich.) Six days later Jesus gave him an order; and when evening had come, the young man went to him, dressed only in a linen cloth. He spent that night with him, because Jesus taught him the mystery of God’s domain. From there Jesus got up and returned to the other side of the Jordan.
First Reading: Revelation 22:12–17, NRSV
“See, I am coming soon; my reward is with me, to repay according to everyone’s work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they will have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates. Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and fornicators and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
“It is I, Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.”
And let everyone who hears say, “Come.”
Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift.
Second Reading: Gospel of Philip 63:12–21, NHL
An ass which turns a millstone did a hundred miles walking. When it was loosed it found that it was still at the same place. There are men who make many journeys, but make no progress toward a destination. When evening came upon them they saw neither city nor village, neither human artifact nor natural phenomenon, power nor angel. In vain have the wretches labored.
Psalm: Ode 1
Lord, You are on my head like a crown*
and I shall never be without You.
Your crown of truth was woven for me*
and caused Your branches to blossom in me.
Your crown is not dry and sterile.*
You live and blossom on my head.
Your fruits are full and complete*
and filled with Your salvation.
Gospel: Oxyrhynchus 840, SV
And taking the disciples along, Jesus led them into the inner sanctuary itself, and began walking about in the temple precinct.
This Pharisee, a leading priest, Levi by name, also entered, ran into them, and said to the Savior, “Who gave you permission to wander around in this inner sanctuary and lay eyes on these sacred vessels, when you have not performed your ritual bath, and your disciples have not even washed their feet? Yet in a defiled state you have invaded this sacred place, which is ritually clean. No one walks about in here, or dares lay eyes on these sacred vessels, unless they have bathed themselves and changed clothes.
And the Savior stood up immediately, with his disciples, and replied, “Since you are here in the temple, I take it you are clean.”
He replies to the Savior, “I am clean. I bathed in the pool of David, you know, by descending into it by one set of steps and coming up out of it by another. I also changed to white and ritually clean clothes. Only then did I come here and lay eyes on these sacred vessels.”
In response the Savior said to him: “Damn the blind who won’t see. You bathe in these stagnant waters where dogs and pigs wallow day and night. And you wash and scrub the outer layers of skin, just like prostitutes and dance-hall girls, who wash and scrub and perfume and paint themselves to entice men, while inwardly they are crawling with scorpions and filled with all sorts of corruption. But my disciples and I — you say we are unbathed — have bathed in lively, life-giving water that comes down from (above) …
First Reading: Sirach 38:1–15, NRSV
Honor physicians for their services, for the Lord created them;
for their gift of healing comes from the Most High …
The skill of physicians makes them distinguished,
and in the presence of the great they are admired.
The Lord created medicines out of the earth,
and the sensible will not despise them.
Was not water made sweet with a tree in order that its power might be known?
And the Lord gave skill to human beings to be glorified in marvellous works.
By them the physician heals and takes away pain;
the pharmacist makes a mixture from them.
God’s works will never be finished;
and from God health spreads over all the earth.
My child, when you are ill, do not delay,
but pray to the Lord and who will heal you.
Give up your faults and direct your hands rightly,
and cleanse your heart from all sin …
Then give the physicians their place, for the Lord created them;
do not let physicians leave you, for you need them
There may come a time when recovery lies in the hands of physicians,
for they too pray to the Lord to grant them success in diagnosis
and in healing, for the sake of preserving life.
Whoever sins against their Maker,
let such a one come under the care of a physician!
Second Reading: Gospel of Philip 77:35–78:11, NHL
Spiritual love is wine and fragrance. All those who anoint themselves with it take pleasure in it. While those who are anointed are present, those nearby also profit from the fragrance. If those anointed with ointment withdraw from them and leave, then those not anointed, who merely stand nearby, still remain in their bad odor.
The Samaritan gave nothing but wine and oil to the wounded person. It is nothing other than the ointment. It healed the wounds, for “love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8)
Psalm: Ode 32
To the blessed ones joy lives in the heart,*
Light from You lives in them.
The Word comes from the Truth,*
You come from Your Self.
You are strong from holy power from the skies*
You are unshaken forever and ever. Hallelujah!
Gospel: Egerton Gospel 1–3, SV
Just then a leper comes up to him and says, “Teacher, Jesus, in wandering around with lepers and eating with them in the inn, I became a leper myself. If you want to, I’ll be made clean.” The master said to him, “Okay — you’re clean!” And at once his leprosy vanished from him. Jesus says to him, “Go and have the priests examine your skin. Then offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded — and no more sinning …
The legal experts come to him and interrogate him as a way of putting him to the test. They ask, “Teacher, Jesus, we know that you are from God, since the things you do put you above all the prophets. Tell us, then, is it permissible to pay to rulers what is due them? Should we pay them or not?” Jesus knew what they were up to, and became indignant. Then he said to them, “Why do you pay me lip service as a teacher, but not do what I say? How accurately Isaiah prophesied about you when he said, “This people honors me with their lips, but their heart stays far away from me; their worship is empty, because they insist on teachings that are human commandments.”
First Reading: Genesis 35:22b–26, Tanakh
Now the sons of Jacob (Israel) were twelve in number. The sons of Leah: Reuben — Jacob’s first born — Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun. The sons of Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin. The sons of Bilhah, Rachel’s maid: Dan and Naphtali. And the sons of Zilpah, Leah’s maid: Gad and Asher. These are the sons of Jacob who were born to him in Paddan-aram.
Second Reading: Gospel of Philip 61:12–20, 63:25–30, NHL
God is a dyer. As the good dyes, which are called “true,” dissolve with the things dyed in them, so it is with those whom God has dyed. Since his dyes are immortal, they are immortal by means of his colors. Now God dips what he dips in water …
The Lord went into the dye works of Levi. He took seventy-two different colors and threw them into the vat. He took them out all white. And he said, “Even so the Truly Human Being comes as a dyer.”
Psalm: Baruch 3:29–32, NRSV
Who has gone up into heaven and taken Wisdom,*
and brought her down from the clouds?
Who has gone over the seas, and found her,*
and will buy her for pure gold?
No one knows the way to her,*
or is concerned about the path to her.
But the one who knows all things knows her,*
He found her by his understanding.
The one who prepared the earth for all time*
filled it with four-footed creatures;
the one who sends forth the light, and it goes;*
He called it, and it obeyed him, trembling;
the stars shone in their watches, and were glad,*
He called them, and they said, “Here we are!”
They shone with gladness for him who made them.*
This is our God; no other can be compared to him.
He found the whole way to knowledge,*
and gave her to his servant Jacob and to Israel, whom he loved.
Afterward Wisdom appeared on earth*
and lived with humankind.
Gospel: Gospel of the Ebionites 2, SV
There was this man named Jesus, who was about thirty years old, who chose us. And when he came to Capernaum, he entered the house of Simon, who was nicknamed Peter. He then began to speak as follows:
“As I was walking along by the lake of Tiberias, I chose John and James, son of Zebedee, and Simon and Andrew and Thaddeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the Iscariot. Then I summoned you, Matthew, while you were sitting at the toll booth, and you followed me. Therefore, I want you to be twelve apostles, to symbolize Israel.”
Last Sunday after Epiphany
First Reading: Gospel of Philip 53:24–54:18, and 56:3–15 and 59:12–17, NHL
Names given to the worldly are very deceptive, for they divert our thoughts from what is correct to what is incorrect. Thus one who hears the word, “God” does not perceive what is correct, but perceives what is incorrect. So also with “the father” and “the son” and “the holy spirit” and “life” and “light” and “resurrection” and “the church” and all the rest — people do not perceive what is correct but they perceive what is incorrect, unless they have come to know what is correct …
One single name is not uttered in the world, the name which the father gave to the son; it is the name above all things: the name of the father. For the son would not become father unless he wore the name of the father.
Those who have this name know it, but they do not speak it. But those who do not have it do not know it.
But truth brought names into existence in the world for our sakes because it is not possible to learn it without these names.
Truth is one single thing; it is also many things and for our sakes to teach about this one thing in love through many things …
“Jesus” is a hidden name. “Christ” is a revealed name. For this reason “Jesus” does not exist in any other language, but his name is always “Jesus,” as he is called.
“Christ” is also his name: in Syriac it is “Messiah,” in Greek it is “Christ.” Certainly all the others have it according to their own language. “The Nazarene” is he who reveals what is hidden. Christ has everything in himself, whether man or angel or mystery, and the father …
“The father” and “the son” are single names, “the holy spirit” is a double name. For they are everywhere: they are above, they are below; they are in the concealed, they are in the revealed. The holy spirit is in the revealed: it is below. It is in the concealed: it is above.
Second Reading: Gospel of Philip 57:28–58:10, NHL
Jesus took them all by stealth, for he did not appear as he was, but in the manner in which they would be able to see him. He appeared to them all. He appeared to the great as great. He appeared to the small as small. He appeared to the angels as an angel, and to men as a man. Because of this his word hid itself from everyone. Some indeed saw him, thinking that they were seeing themselves, but when he appeared to his disciples in glory on the mount he was not small. He became great, but he made the disciples great, that they might be able to see him in his greatness.
Psalm Ode 4
No one, O my God, may take Your holy place, *
nor alter it, for no one has such power.
You designed Your sanctuary before You drew the world. *
What is older will not be undone by the younger.
You give Your heart, O Lord, to Your believers *
You will not fail or be fruitless.
One hour of Your faith is more precious *
than all days and years.
Who puts on Your grace and is rejected? *
Your seal is known: Creatures know it.
Hosts possess it. Archangels are robed in it. *
You give Your fellowship.
Not You, but we, were in need. *
Sprinkle Your dew upon us.
Open Your bountiful springs. *
Pour forth Your milk and honey.
You regret nothing You have promised. *
You know the end, You give freely,
You withdraw, and You give again. *
You knew all, God, and from the beginning set it in order.
And You, O Lord, make all things. Hallelujah!
Gospel: Gospel of Thomas 13 and 61, SV
Jesus said to his disciples, “Compare me to someone and tell me what I am like.”
Simon Peter said to him, “You are like a just angel.”
Matthew said to him, “You are like a wise philosopher.”
Thomas said to him, “Master, my mouth is utterly unable to say what you are like.”
Jesus said, “I am not your teacher. Because you have drunk, you have become intoxicated from the bubbling spring that I have tended.”
And he took him, and withdrew, and spoke three things to him. When Thomas came back to his friends, they asked him, “What did Jesus say to you?”
Thomas said to them, “If I tell you one of the sayings he spoke to me, you will pick up rocks and stone me, and fire will come from the rocks and devour you …
Jesus said, “Two will recline on a couch; one will die, one will live.”
Salome said, “Who are you, mister? You have climbed onto my couch and eaten from my table as if you are from someone.”
Jesus said to her, “I am the one who comes from what is whole. I was granted from the things of my Father.”
“I am your disciple.”
“For this reason I say, if one is whole, one will be filled with light, but if one is divided, one will be filled with darkness.”