A Reading from Epistle 1 of St. Peter .
May his blessing be upon us.
1 Peter 2 : 11 - 17
|11||Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul,|
|12||having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.|
|13||Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake, whether to the king as supreme,|
|14||or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good.|
|15||For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men--|
|16||as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God.|
|17||Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.|
Do not love the world or the things in the world.
The world passes away, and its desires; but he who does the will of God abides forever.