16, Toubah 1735 (Thursday, 24 January 2019)

Vespers

Psalm

Psalms 4:6-7, 8

6Lord, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us.7You have put gladness in my heart
8For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Gospel

Matthew 16:24-28

24Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.25For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.26For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?27For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.28Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.

Matins

Psalm

Psalms 5:11, 12

11But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You
12For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield.

Gospel

Matthew 10:34-42

34Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.35For I have come to `set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law';36and `a man's enemies will be those of his own household.'37He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.38And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.39He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.40He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.41He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward. And he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.42And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.

Liturgy

Pauline

Romans 8:18-30

18For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.19For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.20For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope;21because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.22For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.23Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.24For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees?25But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.26Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.27Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.28And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.29For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.30Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

Catholic

1 Peter 3:8-15

8Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;9not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.10For He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit.11Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it.12For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.13And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good?14But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.15But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts

Acts

Acts 19:23-41

23And about that time there arose a great commotion about the Way.24For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Diana, brought no small profit to the craftsmen.25He called them together with the workers of similar occupation, and said: Men, you know that we have our prosperity by this trade.26Moreover you see and hear that not only at Ephesus, but throughout almost all Asia, this Paul has persuaded and turned away many people, saying that they are not gods which are made with hands.27So not only is this trade of ours in danger of falling into disrepute, but also the temple of the great goddess Diana may be despised and her magnificence destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worship.28Now when they heard this, they were full of wrath and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians!29So the whole city was filled with confusion, and rushed into the theater with one accord, having seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Macedonians, Paul's travel companions.30And when Paul wanted to go in to the people, the disciples would not allow him.31Then some of the officials of Asia, who were his friends, sent to him pleading that he would not venture into the theater.32Some therefore cried one thing and some another, for the assembly was confused, and most of them did not know why they had come together.33And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward. And Alexander motioned with his hand, and wanted to make his defense to the people.34But when they found out that he was a Jew, all with one voice cried out for about two hours, Great is Diana of the Ephesians!35And when the city clerk had quieted the crowd, he said: Men of Ephesus, what man is there who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is temple guardian of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down from Zeus?36Therefore, since these things cannot be denied, you ought to be quiet and do nothing rashly.37For you have brought these men here who are neither robbers of temples nor blasphemers of your goddess.38Therefore, if Demetrius and his fellow craftsmen have a case against anyone, the courts are open and there are proconsuls. Let them bring charges against one another.39But if you have any other inquiry to make, it shall be determined in the lawful assembly.40For we are in danger of being called in question for today's uproar, there being no reason which we may give to account for this disorderly gathering.41And when he had said these things, he dismissed the assembly.

Psalm

Psalms 68:35, 3

35O God, You are more awesome than Your holy places. The God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people.
3But let the righteous be glad; Let them rejoice before God; Yes, let them rejoice exceedingly.

Gospel

Luke 12:4-12

4And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.5But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!6Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God.7But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.8Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God.9But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God.10And anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven.11Now when they bring you to the synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how or what you should answer, or what you should say.12For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.