O Spirit of eternal justice, we lean upon thee as upon a pillar of the divine throne; we thank thee for thy holy law that changeth not and pray for wisdom that under it we may live according to thy will. Be the sword of spiritual strength and discipline, our sure defense against all evils and antagonisms. Expel from us our evils, and forgive us our fault as we now exorcise ourselves in thy power, O thou great spirit of equity in whom is no variableness and who endurest for ever and ever.
The lesson is taken from the Epistle of St. Paul the Apostle to the Galatians:
Let every man prove his own work, for every man shall bear his own burden. Be not deceived; God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. He that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the spirit shall of the spirit reap life everlasting. Let us not be weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. As many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
The gospel is taken from the Gospel according to St. Philip:
Vessels of glass and vessels of earthenware are made by means of fire. But if vessels of glass are broken they are made again, for they are brought into being by breath. But vessels of earthenware when they break are destroyed, for they come into being without breath. An ass which turns a millstone did a hundred miles walking. When it was loosed, it found it was still in the same place. There are men who make many journeys, but make no progress anywhere. When evening came for them, they saw neither city nor village, neither creation nor nature, power and angel. In vain did the wretches labor.