THE WORD OF GOD – DECEMBER 4(NOVEMBER 21), 2014


Nativity (St. Philip’s Fast). Fish Allowed

The Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple.

Luke 1:39-49, 56 (Matins Gospel)

39

Now Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah,

40

and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth.

41

And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

42

Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!

43

But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

44

For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.

45

Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.

46

And Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord,

47

And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.

48

For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.

49

For He who is mighty has done great things for me, And holy is His name.

56

And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her house.

entry Mary

Luke 10:38-42; 11:27-28 (Theotokos)

38

Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house.

39

And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word.

40

But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”

41

And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.

42

But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.

27

And it happened, as He spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!”

28

But He said, “Even more, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

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