(Week 28 of the year: Thursday)
BEFORE THE WORLD WAS MADE, HE CHOSE US IN CHRIST.
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God, to all the saints who are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with spiritual blessings in heavenly places, in Christ:
As he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and unspotted in his sight in charity.
Who hath predestinated us unto the adoption of children through Jesus Christ unto himself: according to the purpose of his will:
Unto the praise of the glory of his grace, in which he hath graced us in his beloved son.
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the remission of sins, according to the riches of his grace,
Which hath superabounded in us in all wisdom and prudence,
That he might make known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure, which he hath purposed in him,
In the dispensation of the fulness of times, to re-establish all things in Christ, that are in heaven and on earth, in him.
V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.