THE WORD OF GOD – JANUARY 16 (3), 2015


Sviatki. Fast-free

Forefeast of the Theophany.
Prophet Malachias (400 B.C.).
Martyr Gordius at Caesarea in Cappadocia (314).
St. Genevieve of Paris (502).
Venerable Euthymius (Taqaishvili) the Man of God of Tbilisi (1953).

Acts 13:25-33 (Royal Hours: 1st Hour)

25

And as John was finishing his course, he said, ‘Who do you think I am? I am not He. But behold, there comes One after me, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to loose.’

26

Men and brethren, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to you the word of this salvation has been sent.

27

For those who dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they did not know Him, nor even the voices of the Prophets which are read every Sabbath, have fulfilled them in condemning Him.

28

And though they found no cause for death in Him, they asked Pilate that He should be put to death.

29

Now when they had fulfilled all that was written concerning Him, they took Him down from the tree and laid Him in a tomb.

30

But God raised Him from the dead.

31

He was seen for many days by those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are His witnesses to the people.

32

And we declare to you glad tidings-that promise which was made to the fathers.

33

God has fulfilled this for us their children, in that He has raised up Jesus. As it is also written in the second Psalm: ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.’


Matthew 3:1-11 (Royal Hours: 1st Hour)

1

In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea,

2

and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”

3

For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the LORD; Make His paths straight.’ “

4

Now John himself was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey.

5

Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him

6

and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.

7

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

8

Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance,

9

and do not think to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.

10

And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

11

I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

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