THE WORD OF GOD – DECEMBER 21(8), 2014


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

Venerable Patapius of Thebes (7th c.).
Holy Apostles of the Seventy: Sosthenes, Apollos, Cephas, Tychicus, Epaphroditus, Caesar, and Onesiphorus.
Holy 362 Martyrs of Africa, martyred by the Arians.
Martyr Anthusa at Rome (4th C).

Luke 24:36-53 (6th Matins Gospel)

36

Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.”

37

But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit.

38

And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts?

39

Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.

40

When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet.

41

But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?”

42

So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb.

43

And He took it and ate in their presence.

44

Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.”

45

And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.

46

Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day,

47

and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

48

And you are witnesses of these things.

49

Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.

50

And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them.

51

Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven.

52

And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy,

53

and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. Amen.

APOSTLE’S EPISTLE

Colossians 1:12-18

12

giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.

13

He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,

14

in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

15

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

16

For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.

17

And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.

18

And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

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Luke 17:12-19 (Gospel)

12

Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off.

13

And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

14

So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.

15

And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God,

16

and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.

17

So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?

18

Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?

19

And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”

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