17, Bashans 1738 (Wednesday, 25 May 2022)

Wednesday of the Fifth week of the Holy Fifty Days

Vespers

Psalm

Psalms 19:2, 4

2Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge.
4Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world.

Gospel

Mark 12:35-40

35Then Jesus answered and said, while He taught in the temple, How is it that the scribes say that the Christ is the Son of David?36For David himself said by the Holy Spirit: `The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool. '37Therefore David himself calls Him `Lord'; how is He then his Son? And the common people heard Him gladly.38Then He said to them in His teaching, Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces,39the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts,40who devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation.

Matins

Psalm

Psalms 118:24-25

24This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.25Save now, I pray, O Lord; O Lord, I pray, send now prosperity.

Gospel

Mark 12:28-34

28Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, Which is the first commandment of all?29Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is: `Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.30`And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' This is the first commandment.31And the second, like it, is this: `You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these.32So the scribe said to Him, Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth, for there is one God, and there is no other but He.33And to love Him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.34Now when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, He said to him, You are not far from the kingdom of God. But after that no one dared question Him.

Liturgy

Pauline

Romans 5:20 - 6:4

20Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more,21so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.1What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?2Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?3Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?4Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Catholic

1 John 4:15-19

15Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.16And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.17Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.18There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.19We love Him because He first loved us.

Acts

Acts 7:44-50

44Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as He appointed, instructing Moses to make it according to the pattern that he had seen,45which our fathers, having received it in turn, also brought with Joshua into the land possessed by the Gentiles, whom God drove out before the face of our fathers until the days of David,46who found favor before God and asked to find a dwelling for the God of Jacob.47But Solomon built Him a house.48However, the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands, as the prophet says:49`Heaven is My throne, And earth is My footstool. What house will you build for Me? says the Lord, Or what is the place of My rest?50Has My hand not made all these things?'

Psalm

Psalms 118:8-9

8It is better to trust in the Lord Than to put confidence in man.9It is better to trust in the Lord Than to put confidence in princes.

Gospel

John 13:16-20

16Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.17If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.18I do not speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have chosen; but that the Scripture may be fulfilled, `He who eats bread with Me has lifted up his heel against Me.'19Now I tell you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe that I am He.20Most assuredly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.