THE WORD OF GOD – JANUARY 11, 2015 (DECEMBER 29, 2014)


Sviatki. Fast-free

Sunday after the Nativity of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ, holy ancestors.
Righteous Joseph the Betrothed, Holy Righteous David the King, and James the Brother of the Lord (movable holiday on the Sunday after the Nativity of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ).
Afterfeast of the Nativity of Christ.
The 14,000 Infants (Holy Innocents) slain by Herod at Bethlehem (1st c.).
Venerable Marcellus, abbot of the monastery of the Unsleeping Ones (485).

Galatians 1:11-19 (Epistle, Sunday After)

11

But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man.

12

For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.

13

For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it.

14

And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers.

15

But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace,

16

to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood,

17

nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.

18

Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and remained with him fifteen days.

19

But I saw none of the other apostles except James, the Lord’s brother.


Matthew 2:13-23 (Gospel, Sunday After)

13

Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.”

14

When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt,

15

and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”

16

Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had

17

Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying:

18

A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, Refusing to be comforted, Because they are no more.”

19

Now when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

20

saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the young Child’s life are dead.”

21

Then he arose, took the young Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel.

22

But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he turned aside into the region of Galilee.

23

And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, “He shall be called a Nazarene.”


Innocents' Slain

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