THE WORD OF GOD – DECEMBER 17(4), 2014


Nativity (St. Philip’s Fast). By Monastic Charter: Strict Fast (Bread, Vegetables, Fruits)

Great-martyr Barbara and Martyr Juliana at Heliapolis in Syria (306).
Venerable John Damascene (760).

APOSTLE’S EPISTLE

Galatians 3:23-29 (Great-martyr Barbara)

23

But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed.

24

Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

25

But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.

26

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

27

For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

28

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

29

And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

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Matthew 25:1-13 (Matins Gospel)

1

Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.

2

Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

3

Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them,

4

but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

5

But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.

6

And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’

7

Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.

8

And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’

9

But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’

10

And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.

11

Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’

12

But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’

13

Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.

Luke 21:5-7, 10-11, 20-24, 28-33

5

Then, as some spoke of the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and donations, He said,

6

These things which you see-the days will come in which not one stone shall be left upon another that shall not be thrown down.

7

So they asked Him, saying, “Teacher, but when will these things be? And what sign will there be when these things are about to take place?”

10

Then He said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.

11

And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.

20

But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near.

21

Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her.

22

For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

23

But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people.

24

And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

28

Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.

29

Then He spoke to them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees.

30

When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near.

31

So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near.

32

Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place.

33

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

Mark 5:24-34 (Great-martyr Barbara)

24

So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him.

25

Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years,

26

and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse.

27

When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment.

28

For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”

29

Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction.

30

And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?”

31

But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ “

32

And He looked around to see her who had done this thing.

33

But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth.

34

And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”

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