Readings for Proper 29


A Reading from the Book of the Prophet Daniel (7:9-14).


Daniel had a vision and wrote down the dream, and said, “As I looked, thrones were placed and one that was ancient of days took his seat; his raiment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames, its wheels were burning fire.  A stream of fire issued and came forth from before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened.  I looked then because of the sound of the great words which the horn was speaking.  And as I looked, the beast was slain, and its body destroyed and given over to be burned with fire.  As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but their lives were prolonged for a season and a time.  I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him.  And to him was given dominion and glory and kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.”



Psalm 93  Dominus regnavit.


1 The Lord is King, and hath put on glorious apparel; *

        the Lord hath put on his apparel,

        and girded himself with strength.


2 He hath made the round world so sure, *

        that it cannot be moved.


3 Ever since the world began,

   hath thy seat been prepared: *

        thou art from everlasting.


4 The floods are risen, O Lord,

   the floods have lift up their voice; *

        the floods lift up their waves.


5 The waves of the sea are mighty, and rage horribly; *

        but yet the Lord, who dwelleth on high, is mightier.


6 Thy testimonies, O Lord, are very sure: *

        holiness becometh thine house for ever.



A Reading from the Revelation to St. John the Divine (1:1-8).


The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants what must soon take place; and he made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw.  Blessed is he who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written therein; for the time is near.  John to the seven churches that are in Asia:  Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the first-born of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.  To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever.  Amen.  Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, every one who pierced him; and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him.  Even so.  Amen.  “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.


The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ According to St. John (18:33-37).


Pilate entered the praetorium again and called Jesus, and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”  Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?”  Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew?  Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me; what have you done?”  Jesus answered, “My kingship is not of this world; if my kingship were of this world, my servants would fight, that I might not be handed over to the Jews; but my kingship is not from the world.”  Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?”  Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king.  For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth.  Every one who is of the truth hears my voice.”