2nd Friday after Pentecost

St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 5:17-21; 6:1-2

Prokeimenon. Grave Mode.
Psalm 98.9,1

Exalt the Lord our God.
Verse: The Lord reigns; let the people tremble.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 5:17-21; 6:1-2

Brethren, if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.

Then as one man's trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one man's act of righteousness leads to acquittal and life for all men. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man's obedience many will be made righteous. Law came in, to increase the trespass; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?