Bible Reading and Prayer
for Thursday 10th September 2020
Welcome to our virtual morning Bible Reading & Prayer for today.
As he stepped out on land, a man of the city who had demons met him. For a long time he had
worn no clothes, and he did not live in a house but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he fell down
before him and shouted at the top of his voice, ‘What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the
Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me’— for Jesus had commanded the unclean spirit to
come out of the man. (For many times it had seized him; he was kept under guard and bound with
chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the wilds.)
Jesus then asked him, ‘What is your name?’ He said, ‘Legion’; for many demons had entered him.
They begged him not to order them to go back into the abyss.
Now there on the hillside a large herd of swine was feeding; and the demons begged Jesus to let
them enter these. So he gave them permission. Then the demons came out of the man and
entered the swine, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.
When the swineherds saw what had happened, they ran off and told it in the city and in the
country. Then people came out to see what had happened, and when they came to Jesus, they
found the man from whom the demons had gone sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his
right mind. And they were afraid. Those who had seen it told them how the one who had been
possessed by demons had been healed. Then all the people of the surrounding country of the
Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them; for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the
boat and returned. The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him;
but Jesus sent him away, saying, ‘Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for
you.’ So he went away, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.
Prayer for today
O God of unchangeable power and eternal light, look favourably on your whole Church, that
wonderful and sacred mystery, and by the tranquil operation of your perpetual providence carry
out the work of our salvation: and let the whole world feel and see that things which were cast
down are being raised up and things which had grown old are being made new and that all things
are returning to perfection through him from whom they took their origin, even Jesus Christ our
Gelasian Sacramentary (8th century)