Next he reads over the possessed person these selections
from the Gospel, or at least one of them.
P: The Lord be with you.
All: May He also be with you.
P: The beginning of the holy Gospel according to St. John.
All: Glory be to you, 0 Lord.
A Lesson from the holy Gospel according to St. John
As he says these opening words he signs himself and the possessed on the brow, lips, and breast.
When time began, the Word was there, and the Word was face to face with God, and the Word was God. This Word, when time began, was face to face with God. All things came into being through Him, and without Him there came to be not one thing that has come to be. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not lay hold of it. There came upon the scene a man, a messenger from God, whose name was John. This man came to give testimony to testify in behalf of the light that all might believe through him. He was not himself the light; he only was to testify in behalf of the light. Meanwhile the true light, which illumines every man, was making its entrance into the world. He was in the world, and the world came to be through Him, and the world did not acknowledge Him. He came into His home, and His own people did not welcome Him. But to as many as welcomed Him He gave the power to become children of God those who believe in His name; who were born not of blood, or of carnal desire, or of man's will; no, they were born of God. (Genuflect here.) And the Word became man and lived among us; and we have looked upon His glory such a glory as befits the Father's only-begotten Son full of grace and truth!
All: Thanks be to God.
Lastly he blesses the sick person, saying:
May the blessing of almighty God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
come upon you and remain with you forever.
Then he sprinkles the person with holy water.
A Lesson from the holy Gospel according to St. Mark