THE WORD OF GOD – JANUARY 24 (11), 2015


Saturday after the Baptism of Our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ
Venerable Pachomius of Kensk (16th c.) (movable holiday on the Saturday after the Baptism of Our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ).
Afterfeast of the Theophany.
Venerable Theodosius the Great, the Cenobiarch (529).
Venerable Michael of Klops Monastery, fool-for-Christ (Novgorod) (1452).

Venerable Vitalis of the monastery of Abba Serid (Seridos) at Gaza (609-620)

1 Thessalonians 5:14-23 (Saturday)

14

Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.

15

See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.

16

Rejoice always,

17

pray without ceasing,

18

in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

19

Do not quench the Spirit.

20

Do not despise prophecies.

21

Test all things; hold fast what is good.

22

Abstain from every form of evil.

23

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Luke 17:3-10

3

Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.

4

And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.

5

And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”

6

So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.

7

And which of you, having a servant plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and sit down to eat’?

8

But will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare something for my supper, and gird yourself and serve me till I have eaten and drunk, and afterward you will eat and drink’?

9

Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not.

10

So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.’

Matthew 4:1-11 (Saturday After)

1

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.

2

And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.

3

Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”

4

But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ “

5

Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple,

6

and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ “

7

Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the LORD your God.’ “

8

Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.

9

And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”

10

Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ “

11

Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.

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