Gospel: John 17:11-19

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John.

Jesus looked up to heaven and prayed,
O God most holy,

protect with Your name
those whom You have given me,

that they may be one, even as we are one.

As long as I was with them,

I guarded them with Your name which You gave me.

I kept careful watch,

and not one of them was lost,

none but the one who was destined to be lost
in fulfillment of Scripture.

Now I come to You;

I say all this while I am still in the world
that they may share my joy completely.

I gave them Your word,

and the world has hated them for it;
they do not belong to the world,

any more than I belong to the world.

I do not ask You to take them out of the world,
but to guard them from the Evil One.

They are not of the world,

any more than I am of the world.

Consecrate them by means of truth,
for Your word is truth.

As You have sent me into the world,

so I have sent them into the world;
I consecrate myself for their sakes now,

that they may be consecrated in truth.

The Good News as spoken through John.

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