THE WORD OF GOD – JANUARY 9, 2015 (DECEMBER 27, 2014)


Sviatki. Fast-free

Third Day of the Feast of the Nativity.
Holy Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephen (34).
Venerable Theodore Graptus (“the Branded”) of Palestine and Bithynia, confessor (840), brother of St. Theophanes the Confessor and Hymnographer (850).

Acts 6:8-15; 7:1-5, 47-60 (Saint)

8

And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.

9

Then there arose some from what is called the Synagogue of the Freedmen (Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and those from Cilicia and Asia), disputing with Stephen.

10

And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke.

11

Then they secretly induced men to say, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God.”

12

And they stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes; and they came upon him, seized him, and brought him to the council.

13

They also set up false witnesses who said, “This man does not cease to speak blasphemous words against this holy place and the law;

14

for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs which Moses delivered to us.

15

And all who sat in the council, looking steadfastly at him, saw his face as the face of an angel.

1

Then the high priest said, “Are these things so?”

2

And he said, “Brethren and fathers, listen: The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Haran,

3

and said to him, ‘Get out of your country and from your relatives, and come to a land that I will show you.’

4

Then he came out of the land of the Chaldeans and dwelt in Haran. And from there, when his father was dead, He moved him to this land in which you now dwell.

5

And God gave him no inheritance in it, not even enough to set his foot on. But even when Abraham had no child, He promised to give it to him for a possession, and to his descendants after him.

47

But Solomon built Him a house.

48

However, the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands, as the prophet says:

49

Heaven is My throne, And earth is My footstool. What house will you build for Me? says the LORD, Or what is the place of My rest?

50

Has My hand not made all these things?’

51

You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you.

52

Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who foretold the coming of the Just One, of whom you now have become the betrayers and murderers,

53

who have received the law by the direction of angels and have not kept it.

54

When they heard these things they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed at him with their teeth.

55

But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God,

56

and said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!”

57

Then they cried out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and ran at him with one accord;

58

and they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul.

59

And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”

60

Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

Mark 12:1-12

1

Then He began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a place for the wine vat and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country.

2

Now at vintage-time he sent a servant to the vinedressers, that he might receive some of the fruit of the vineyard from the vinedressers.

3

And they took him and beat him and sent him away empty-handed.

4

Again he sent them another servant, and at him they threw stones, wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully treated.

5

And again he sent another, and him they killed; and many others, beating some and killing some.

6

Therefore still having one son, his beloved, he also sent him to them last, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’

7

But those vinedressers said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’

8

So they took him and killed him and cast him out of the vineyard.

9

Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the vinedressers, and give the vineyard to others.

10

Have you not even read this Scripture:’The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone.

11

This was the LORD’s doing, And it is marvelous in our eyes’?”

12

And they sought to lay hands on Him, but feared the multitude, for they knew He had spoken the parable against them. So they left Him and went away.

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