20, Abib 1733 (Thursday, 27 July 2017)

Vespers

Psalm

Psalms 18:34, 39

34He teaches my hands to make war, So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
39For You have armed me with strength for the battle; You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.

Gospel

Matthew 10:16-23

16Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.17But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues.18You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles.19But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak;20for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.21Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death.22And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.23When they persecute you in this city, flee to another. For assuredly, I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

Matins

Psalm

Psalms 45:3-4, 6

3Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O Mighty One, With Your glory and Your majesty.4And in Your majesty ride prosperously
6Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.

Gospel

Luke 7:11-17

11Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd.12And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her.13When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, Do not weep.14Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, Young man, I say to you, arise.15So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother.16Then fear came upon all, and they glorified God, saying, A great prophet has risen up among us; and, God has visited His people.17And this report about Him went throughout all Judea and all the surrounding region.

Liturgy

Pauline

2 Timothy 2:3-15

3You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.4No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.5And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.6The hard-working farmer must be first to partake of the crops.7Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things.8Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel,9for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained.10Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.11This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him.12If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us.13If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.14Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers.15Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

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, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;

Acts

Acts 27:42 - 28:6

42And the soldiers' plan was to kill the prisoners, lest any of them should swim away and escape.43But the centurion, wanting to save Paul, kept them from their purpose, and commanded that those who could swim should jump overboard first and get to land,44and the rest, some on boards and some on parts of the ship. And so it was that they all escaped safely to land.1Now when they had escaped, they then found out that the island was called Malta.2And the natives showed us unusual kindness; for they kindled a fire and made us all welcome, because of the rain that was falling and because of the cold.3But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat, and fastened on his hand.4So when the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped the sea, yet justice does not allow to live.5But he shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm.6However, they were expecting that he would swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But after they had looked for a long time and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god.

Psalm

Psalms 91:13, 11

13You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
11For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways.

Gospel

Luke 10:21-24

21In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.22All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.23Then He turned to His disciples and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things you see;24for I tell you that many prophets and kings have desired to see what you see, and have not seen it, and to hear what you hear, and have not heard it.