THE WORD OF GOD – JANUARY 2, 2015 (DECEMBER 20, 2014)


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

Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ.
Hieromartyr Ignatius the God-bearer, bishop of Antioch (107).
Repose of Righteous John of Kronstadt (1908).
Venerable Ignatius, archimandrite of the Kiev Caves (1435).

Matthew 6:1-13 (Matins Gospel)

1

Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven.

2

Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.

3

But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,

4

that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.

5

And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.

6

But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

7

And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.

8

Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.

9

In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.

10

Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.

11

Give us this day our daily bread.

12

And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.

13

And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Matthew 5:14-19 (St. John)

14

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.

15

Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.

16

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

17

Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.

18

For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.

19

Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Mark 9:33-41 (Hieromartyr Ignatius)

33

Then He came to Capernaum. And when He was in the house He asked them, “What was it you disputed among yourselves on the road?”

34

But they kept silent, for on the road they had disputed among themselves who would be the greatest.

35

And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.”

36

Then He took a little child and set him in the midst of them. And when He had taken him in His arms, He said to them,

37

Whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me.

38

Now John answered Him, saying, “Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us.”

39

But Jesus said, “Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me.

40

For he who is not against us is on our side.

41

For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, assuredly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.

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