O God, from whom all thoughts of truth and peace proceed, kindle, we pray Thee, in the
hearts of all people the true love of peace, and guide with Thy pure and peaceable wisdom
those who take counsel for the nations of the earth; that in tranquility Thy kingdom may
fully come, till the earth is filled with the knowledge of Thy love. Infuse with Thy holy
spirit our understanding so that we may know the peace that passeth understanding, which
no outward thing can destroy.
The lesson is taken from the Book of the Revelation of St. John the Divine:
I beheld, and lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations and
kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed
with white robes and palms in their hands, and cried with a loud voice, saying: Salvation
to our God who sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. And all the Angels stood round
about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on
their faces, and worshipped God, saying: Amen. Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and
thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
And one of the elders said unto me: What are these who are arrayed in white robes, and
whence came they? These are they who came out of great tribulation, and have washed their
robes, and made them white. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve Him day
and night in His Temple; and He that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They
shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any
heat. For the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them
unto living fountains of waters; and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
The gospel is taken from the Gospel according to St. Thomas:
His disciples said to Him: When will the repose of the dead come about and when will the
new world come? He said to them: What you expect has come, but you know it not. His
disciples said to Him: Twenty-four prophets spoke in Israel and they all spoke about Thee.
He said to them: You have dismissed the living one who is before you and you have spoken
about the dead. Jesus said: Whoever does not hate his father and his mother will not be
able to be a disciple to me, and whoever does not hate his brethren and sisters and does
not take up his cross in my way will not be worthy of me. Jesus said: Whoever has known
the world has found a corpse and whoever has found a corpse of him the world is not