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Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 4/22/2013

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Prayer Before Reading Holy Scripture

O Master Who loves mankind, illuminate our hearts with the pure light of Your divine knowledge and open the eyes of our mind to understand the teachings of Your Gospel. Instill in us also the fear of Your blessed commandments, that we may overcome all carnal desires, entering upon a spiritual life and understanding and acting in all things according to Your holy will. For You are the enlightenment of our souls and bodies, O Christ God, and to You we give glory together with Your eternal Father and Your all-holy, gracious and life-giving Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 48:17-49:4

Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: " I am the LORD your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go.

Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.

Your descendants also would have been like the sand, and the offspring of your body like the grains of sand; his name would not have been cut off nor destroyed from before Me."

Go forth from Babylon! Flee from the Chaldees! With a voice of singing, declare, proclaim this, utter it even to the end of the earth; say, "The LORD has redeemed His servant Jacob!"

And they did not thirst when He led them through the deserts; He caused the waters to flow from the rock for them; He also split the rock, and the waters gushed out.

"There is no peace," says the LORD, "for the wicked."

"Listen, O coastlands, to Me, and take heed, you peoples from afar! The LORD has called Me from the womb; from the matrix of My mother He has made mention of My name.

And He has made My mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of His hand He has hidden Me, and made Me a polished shaft; in His quiver He has hidden Me."

"And He said to me, 'You are My servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.'

Then I said, 'I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and in vain; yet surely my just reward is with the LORD, and my work with my God.' "

Old Testament Reading: Genesis 27:1-41

Now it came to pass, when Isaac was old and his eyes were so dim that he could not see, that he called Esau his older son and said to him, "My son." And he answered him, "Here I am."

And he said, "Behold now, I am old. I do not know the day of my death.

"Now therefore, please take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me.

"And make me savory food, such as I love, and bring it to me that I may eat, that my soul may bless you before I die."

Now Rebekah was listening when Isaac spoke to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt game and to bring it.

So Rebekah spoke to Jacob her son, saying, "Indeed I heard your father speak to Esau your brother, saying,

'Bring me game and make savory food for me, that I may eat it and bless you in the presence of the LORD before my death.'

"Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to what I command you.

"Go now to the flock and bring me from there two choice kids of the goats, and I will make savory food from them for your father, such as he loves.

"Then you shall take it to your father, that he may eat it, and that he may bless you before his death."

And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, "Look, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth-skinned man.

"Perhaps my father will feel me, and I shall seem to be a deceiver to him; and I shall bring a curse on myself and not a blessing."

But his mother said to him, "Let your curse be on me, my son; only obey my voice, and go, get them for me."

And he went and got them and brought them to his mother, and his mother made savory food, such as his father loved.

Then Rebekah took the choice clothes of her elder son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them on Jacob her younger son.

And she put the skins of the kids of the goats on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck.

Then she gave the savory food and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.

So he went to his father and said, "My father"; and he said, " Here I am. Who are you, my son?"

And Jacob said to his father, "I am Esau your firstborn; I have done just as you told me; please arise, sit and eat of my game, that your soul may bless me." Genes 27:20 But Isaac said to his son, "How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son?" And he said, "Because the LORD your God brought it to me."



Old Testament Reading: Proverbs 19:16-25

He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, but he who is careless of his ways will die.

He who has pity on the poor lends to the LORD, and He will pay back what he has given.

Chasten your son while there is hope, and do not set your heart on his destruction.

A man of great wrath will suffer punishment; for if you deliver him, you will have to do it again.

Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days.

There are many plans in a man's heart, Nevertheless the Lord's counsel; that will stand.

What is desired in a man is kindness, and a poor man is better than a liar.

The fear of the LORD leads to life, and he who has it will abide in satisfaction; he will not be visited with evil.

A slothful man buries his hand in the bowl, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.

Strike a scoffer, and the simple will become wary; reprove one who has understanding, and he will discern knowledge.

Saints and Feasts

The Holy Martyr Eupsychius of Caesarea; Vadim the Righteous of Persia; Raphael, Nicholas, Irene, & Olympias of Mytilene

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