The Last Gospel

The Priest goes to the Gospel side of the altar and reads the beginning of the Gospel according to Saint John, or on certain days, the Gospel of the commemorated feast or feria.  The Server and the congregation stand and sign themselves, like the Priest, on the forehead, lips and breast.

V.  Dominus vobiscum.

R.  Et cum spiritu tuo.

V.  The sign of the cross is made on the forehead, lips and breast.Initium sancti Evangelii secundum Joannem.

R.  Gloria tibi, Domine.

V.  The Lord be with you.

R.  And with thy spirit.

V.  The sign of the cross is made on the forehead, lips and breast.The beginning of the holy Gospel according to Saint John.

R.  Glory be to Thee, O Lord.

IN principio erat Verbum et Verbum erat apud Deum, et Deus erat Verbum.  Hoc erat in principio apud Deum.  Omnia per ipsum facta sunt, et sine ipso factum est nihil quod factum est; in ipso vita erat, et vita erat lux hominum; et lux in tenebris lucet, et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt.  Fuit homo missus a Deo cui nomen erat Joannes.  Hic cenit in testimonium, et testimonium perhiberet de lumine, ut omnes crederent per illum.  Non erat ille lux, sed ut testimonium perhiberet de lumine.  Erat lux vera quae illuminat omnem hominem venientem in hunc mundum.  In mundo erat, et mundus per ipsum factus est et mundus eum non cognovit.  In propria venit, et sui eum non receperunt.  Quotquot autem receperunt eum, dedit eis potestatem filios Dei fieri; his qui credunt in nomine eius, qui non ex sanquinibus, neque ex voluntate viri, sed ex deo nati sunt.  (Genuflectit dicens) ET VERBUM CARO FACTUM EST, et habitavit in nobis; et vidimus gloriam ejus gloriam quasi Unigenti a Patre, plenum gratiae et veritatis.

R.  Deo gratias.

IN the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.  There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.  He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.  That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.  He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not.  He came unto his own, and his own received Him not.  But as many as received Him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  (Genuflect while saying) AND THE WORD WAS MADE FLESH, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, the glory as of the Only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

R.  Thanks be to God.