THE WORD OF GOD – DECEMBER 23(10), 2014


Nativity (St. Philip’s Fast). Food with Oil

Martyrs Menas the Melodius, Hermogenes, and Eugraphus of Alexandria (310).
St. Ioasaph, bishop of Belgorod (1754).
Blessed John, king of Serbia (1503), and his parents Stephen (1468) and Angelina Brancovich (16th c.).
APOSTLE’S EPISTLE

Ephesians 6:10-17 (Martyrs)

10

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

11

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

13

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14

Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

15

and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16

above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

17

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;

Luke 21:12-19 (Martyrs)

12

But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake.

13

But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony.

14

Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer;

15

for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist.

16

You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death.

17

And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake.

18

But not a hair of your head shall be lost.

19

By your patience possess your souls.

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