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


Week of the Prodigal Son. Tone two.
Fast. Fish Allowed

Translation of the relics of Hieromartyr Ignatius the God-bearer, bishop of Antioch (107).

St. Laurence, recluse of the Kiev Caves and bishop of Turov (1194).
Sts. Gerasimus (1441), Pitirim (1455), and Jonah (1470), bishops of Perm.
Martyrs Romanus, James, Philotheus, Hyperechius, Abibus, Julian and Paregorius at Samosata (297)
Martyrs Silvanus, bishop of Emesa, Luke the Deacon, and Mocius(Mucius) the Reader (312).

Venerable Andrew (Rublev) of Russia, iconographer (1430).

1 John 3:21-4:6

21

Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.

22

And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.

23

And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.

24

Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.

1

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

2

By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,

3

and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.

4

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

5

They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them.

6

We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

1 John 4:20-5:21

20

If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?

21

And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.

1

Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him.

2

By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments.

3

For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.

4

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith.

5

Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

6

This is He who came by water and blood-Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.

7

For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.

8

And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one.

9

If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son.

10

He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.

11

And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.

12

He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.

13

These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

14

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.

15

And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

16

If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that.

17

All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death.

18

We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.

19

We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.

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And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.

21

Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

Mark 14:43-15:15

43

And immediately, while He was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, with a great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.

44

Now His betrayer had given them a signal, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him and lead Him away safely.”

45

As soon as he had come, immediately he went up to Him and said to Him, “Rabbi, Rabbi!” and kissed Him.

46

Then they laid their hands on Him and took Him.

47

And one of those who stood by drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.

48

Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs to take Me?

49

I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize Me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.

50

Then they all forsook Him and fled.

51

Now a certain young man followed Him, having a linen cloth thrown around his naked body. And the young men laid hold of him,

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and he left the linen cloth and fled from them naked.

53

And they led Jesus away to the high priest; and with him were assembled all the chief priests, the elders, and the scribes.

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But Peter followed Him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. And he sat with the servants and warmed himself at the fire.

55

Now the chief priests and all the council sought testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, but found none.

56

For many bore false witness against Him, but their testimonies did not agree.

57

Then some rose up and bore false witness against Him, saying,

58

We heard Him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.’

59

But not even then did their testimony agree.

60

And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, saying, “Do You answer nothing? What is it these men testify against You?”

61

But He kept silent and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked Him, saying to Him, “Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?”

62

Jesus said, “I am. And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.”

63

Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “What further need do we have of witnesses?

64

You have heard the blasphemy! What do you think? And they all condemned Him to be deserving of death.

65

Then some began to spit on Him, and to blindfold Him, and to beat Him, and to say to Him, “Prophesy!” And the officers struck Him with the palms of their hands.

66

Now as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came.

67

And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with Jesus of Nazareth.”

68

But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you are saying.” And he went out on the porch, and a rooster crowed.

69

And the servant girl saw him again, and began to say to those who stood by, “This is one of them.”

70

But he denied it again. And a little later those who stood by said to Peter again, “Surely you are one of them; for you are a Galilean, and your speech shows it.”

71

Then he began to curse and swear, “I do not know this Man of whom you speak!”

72

A second time the rooster crowed. Then Peter called to mind the word that Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.” And when he thought about it, he wept.

1

Immediately, in the morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council; and they bound Jesus, led Him away, and delivered Him to Pilate.

2

Then Pilate asked Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” He answered and said to him, “It is as you say.”

3

And the chief priests accused Him of many things, but He answered nothing.

4

Then Pilate asked Him again, saying, “Do You answer nothing? See how many things they testify against You!”

5

But Jesus still answered nothing, so that Pilate marveled.

6

Now at the feast he was accustomed to releasing one prisoner to them, whomever they requested.

7

And there was one named Barabbas, who was chained with his fellow rebels; they had committed murder in the rebellion.

8

Then the multitude, crying aloud, began to ask him to do just as he had always done for them.

9

But Pilate answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?”

10

For he knew that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy.

11

But the chief priests stirred up the crowd, so that he should rather release Barabbas to them.

12

Pilate answered and said to them again, “What then do you want me to do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?”

13

So they cried out again, “Crucify Him!”

14

Then Pilate said to them, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they cried out all the more, “Crucify Him!”

15

So Pilate, wanting to gratify the crowd, released Barabbas to them; and he delivered Jesus, after he had scourged Him, to be crucified.

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