Second Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2:16-3:5

A reading from the second letter of Paul to the Thessalonians.

May our Savior Jesus Christ, may God who loved us and in mercy gave us eternal consolation and hope, console your hearts and strengthen them for every good work and word.

For the rest, sisters and brothers, pray for us that the word of Christ may make progress and be hailed by many others, even as it has been by you.  Pray that we may be delivered from confused and evil persons, for not everyone has faith, but Christ keeps faith; Christ will strengthen you and guard you against the evil one.

In Christ we are confident that you are doing and will continue to do whatever we enjoin.  May Jesus rule your hearts in the love of God and the constancy of Christ.

The Word of God recorded in the second letter of Paul to the Thessalonians.