(Follow-up from Sunday)
The people begged Jesus that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak;
and as many as touched it were healed.
Rising very early before dawn, Jesus left
and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.
Through the intersession of Saint Blaise, bishop and martyr
may God free you from all ailments of the throat
and from every other evil.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Lord, now you let your servant go in peace,
in accordance with your word.
For my eyes have seen your salvation.
Which you have prepared in the sight of all peoples.
Yours, O LORD, are grandeur and power,
majesty, splendor, and glory.
LORD, you are exalted over all.
Yours, O LORD, is the sovereignty;
you are exalted as head over all.
Blessed is he whose fault is taken away,
whose sin is covered.
Blessed the man to whom the LORD imputes not guilt,
in whose spirit there is no guile.
Lord, you are kind and forgiving,
rich in faithful love for all who call upon you.
Lord, hear my prayer,
listen to the sound of my pleading.
Upon seeing Jesus’ power over unclean spirits
the people said:
A great prophet has arisen in our midst
and God has visited his people.
Moses spoke to all the people, saying:
A prophet like me will the LORD, your God, raise up for you
from among your own kin;
to him you shall listen
Give me back the joy of your salvation,
and a willing spirit sustain in me.
(Plea from the penitent King David)