NARRATOR: When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on the mountainside. After he sat down, his disciples gathered around him, and he began to teach them:
Jesus 1: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of God.
Jesus 2: Blessed are the sorrowing, for they shall be consoled.
Jesus 3: Blessed are those of low status; they shall inherit the land.
Jesus 4: Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for holiness, for they shall have their fill.
Jesus 1: Blessed are they who show mercy, for mercy shall be theirs.
Jesus 2: Blessed are the single-hearted, for they shall see God.
Jesus 3: Blessed, too, are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.
Jesus 4: Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of holiness, for the kingdom of God is theirs.
NARRATOR: Blessed are you when people insult and persecute you and utter every kind of slander against you because of me. Be glad and rejoice, for your reward in heaven is great.