HOLY GOSPEL Luke 8:26–39
P The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the eighth chapter.
C Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
26Then they sailed to the country of the Gerasenes, which is
opposite Galilee. 27When Jesus had stepped out on land, there met
him a man from the city who had demons. For a long time he had
worn no clothes, and he had not lived in a house but among the
tombs. 28When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him
and said with a loud voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus,
Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me.” 29For he
had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For
many a time 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 desert.) 30Jesus then asked him, “What
is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” for many demons had
entered him. 31And they begged him not to command them to
depart into the abyss. 32Now a large herd of pigs was feeding there
on the hillside, and they begged him to let them enter these. So he
gave them permission. 33Then the demons came out of the man
and entered the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank
into the lake and were drowned.
34When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they fled and told
it in the city and in the country. 35Then people went out to see what
had happened, and they came to Jesus and 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. 36And those who had
seen it told them how the demon-possessed man had been healed.
37Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gerasenes
asked him to depart from them, for they were seized with great
fear. So he got into the boat and returned. 38The man from whom
the demons had gone begged that he might be with him, but Jesus
sent him away, saying, 39“Return to your home, and declare how
much God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming
throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.
P This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C Praise be to Thee, O Christ.