THE WORD OF GOD – DECEMBER 30(17), 2014


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

Holy Prophet Daniel (600 B.C.) and the Three Holy Youths: Ananias, Azarias, and Misael.
Venerable Daniel the Confessor (in schema Stephen) of Spain and Egypt (10th c.).
St. Dionysius of Zakynthos, archbishop of Aegina (1622).

Mark 10:2-12

2

The Pharisees came and asked Him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” testing Him.

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And He answered and said to them, “What did Moses command you?”

4

They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce, and to dismiss her.”

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And Jesus answered and said to them, “Because of the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept.

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But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’

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‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife,

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‘and the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh.

9

Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.

10

In the house His disciples also asked Him again about the same matter.

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So He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her.

12

And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.


Luke 11:47-12:1 (Prophet)

47

Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets, and your fathers killed them.

48

In fact, you bear witness that you approve the deeds of your fathers; for they indeed killed them, and you build their tombs.

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Therefore the wisdom of God also said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and persecute,’

50

that the blood of all the prophets which was shed from the foundation of the world may be required of this generation,

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from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who perished between the altar and the temple. Yes, I say to you, it shall be required of this generation.

52

Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered.

53

And as He said these things to them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to assail Him vehemently, and to cross-examine Him about many things,

54

lying in wait for Him, and seeking to catch Him in something He might say, that they might accuse Him.

1

In the meantime, when an innumerable multitude of people had gathered together, so that they trampled one another, He began to say to His disciples first of all, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

 

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