THE WORD OF GOD – MARCH 6 (FEBRUARY 21), 2015


Second Week of the Great Lent. Tone five.
Great Lent. By Monastic Charter: Strict Fast (Bread, Vegetables, Fruits)

Venerable Timothy of Symbola in Bithynia (795).
St. Eustathius (Eustace), archbishop of Antioch (337).
St. George, bishop of Amastris on the Black Sea (805).
“Kozelshchanskaya” (1881) Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos.
St. John the Scholastic, patriarch of Constantinople (577).
St. Zachariah, patriarch of Jerusalem (633).

Isaiah 7:1-15 (6th Hour)

1

Now it came to pass in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin king of Syria and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up to Jerusalem to make war against it, but could not prevail against it.

2

And it was told to the house of David, saying, “Syria’s forces are deployed in Ephraim.” So his heart and the heart of his people were moved as the trees of the woods are moved with the wind.

3

Then the Lord said to Isaiah, “Go out now to meet Ahaz, you and Shear-Jashub your son, at the end of the aqueduct from the upper pool, on the highway to the Fuller’s Field,

4

“and say to him: ‘Take heed, and be quiet; do not fear or be fainthearted for these two stubs of smoking firebrands, for the fierce anger of Rezin and Syria, and the son of Remaliah.

5

‘Because Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah have plotted evil against you, saying,

6

“Let us go up against Judah and trouble it, and let us make a gap in its wall for ourselves, and set a king over them, the son of Tabel”—

7

‘thus says the Lord God: “It shall not stand, Nor shall it come to pass.

8

For the head of Syria is Damascus, And the head of Damascus is Rezin. Within sixty-five years Ephraim will be broken, So that it will not be a people.

9

The head of Ephraim is Samaria, And the head of Samaria is Remaliah’s son. If you will not believe, Surely you shall not be established.” ’ ”

10

Moreover the Lord spoke again to Ahaz, saying,

11

“Ask a sign for yourself from the Lord your God; ask it either in the depth or in the height above.”

12

But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, nor will I test the Lord!”

13

Then he said, “Hear now, O house of David! Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also?

14

“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

15

“Curds and honey He shall eat, that He may know to refuse the evil and choose the good.


Genesis 5:32-6:8 (Vespers, 1st Reading)

32

And Noah was five hundred years old, and Noah begot Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

1

Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them,

2

that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.

3

And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”

4

There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.

5

Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

6

And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.

7

So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.”

8

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

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