(Wednesday of the 2nd week of Advent)
Liturgical Colour: White.
|Ephesians 3:8-12 ©|
|Psalm 88(89):2-5,21-22,25,27 ©|
Ἐγώ εἰμι ὁ ποιμὴν ὁ καλός.
ὁ ποιμὴν ὁ καλὸς τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ τίθησιν ὑπὲρ τῶν προβάτων·
ὁ μισθωτὸς καὶ οὐκ ὢν ποιμήν,
οὗ οὐκ ἔστιν τὰ πρόβατα ἴδια,
θεωρεῖ τὸν λύκον ἐρχόμενον
καὶ ἀφίησιν τὰ πρόβατα καὶ φεύγει-
καὶ ὁ λύκος ἁρπάζει αὐτὰ καὶ σκορπίζει-
ὅτι μισθωτός ἐστιν
καὶ οὐ μέλει αὐτῷ περὶ τῶν προβάτων.
Ἐγὼ εἰμι ὁ ποιμὴν ὁ καλὸς
καὶ γινώσκω τὰ ἐμὰ
καὶ γινώσκουσιν με τὰ ἐμά,
καθὼς γινώσκει με ὁ πατὴρ
καγὼ γινώσκω τὸν πατέρα,
καὶ τὴν ψυχὴν μου τίθημι ὑπὲρ τῶν προβάτων.
καὶ ἀλλὰ πρόβατα ἔχω
ἃ οὐκ ἐστιν ἐκ τῆς αὐλῆς ταύτης·
κακεῖνα δεῖ με ἀγαγεῖν
καὶ τῆς φωνῆς μου ἀκούσουσιν,
καὶ γενήσονται μία ποίμνη,
‘I am the good shepherd:
the good shepherd is one who lays down his life for his sheep.
The hired man, since he is not the shepherd
and the sheep do not belong to him,
abandons the sheep and runs away
as soon as he sees a wolf coming,
and then the wolf attacks and scatters the sheep;
this is because he is only a hired man
and has no concern for the sheep.
‘I am the good shepherd;
I know my own
and my own know me,
just as the Father knows me
and I know the Father;
and I lay down my life for my sheep.
And there are other sheep I have
that are not of this fold,
and these I have to lead as well.
They too will listen to my voice,
and there will be only one flock,
and one shepherd.’
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