Epistle Reading: Acts 6:8-7:5,7:47-60
"But Solomon built Him a house.
"However, the Most High does not dwell in temples made with
hands, as the prophet says:
'Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool. What house
will you build for Me? says the LORD, or what is the place of My rest?
Has My hand not made all these things?'
"You stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You
always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you.
"Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And
they killed those who foretold the coming of the Just One, of whom you now
have become the betrayers and murderers,
"who have received the law by the direction of angels and have
not kept it."
When they heard these things they were cut to the heart, and
they gnashed at him with their teeth.
But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and
saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God,
and said, "Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man
standing at the right hand of God!"
Then they cried out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and
ran at him with one accord;
and they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the
witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul.
And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, "
Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."
Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, "Lord, do
not charge them with this sin." And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
Gospel Reading: John 4:46-54
So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the
water wine. And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at
When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he
went to Him and implored Him to come down and heal his son, for he was at
the point of death.
Then Jesus said to him, "Unless you people see signs and
wonders, you will by no means believe."
The nobleman said to Him, "Sir, come down before my child dies!"
Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your son lives." So the man
believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way.
And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him,
saying, "Your son lives!"
Then he inquired of them the hour when he got better. And they
said to him, "Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him."
So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus
said to him, "Your son lives." And he himself believed, and his whole
This again is the second sign that Jesus did when He had come
out of Judea into Galilee.
Saints and Feasts
Removal of the Relics of St. Athanasius the Great; Commemoration of the Precious Cross that appeared in the sky over Jerusalem in 351 A.D.; St. Cyril, Archbishop of Jerusalem; Akakios the Centurion of Byzantium; Pachomios the New Martyr of Patmos; Repose of St. Nilus, abbot of Sora; Alexis Toth Confessor and Defender of Orthodoxy in America