Epistle Reading: Acts 9:19-31
And when he had received food, he was strengthened. Then Saul
spent some days with the disciples at Damascus.
Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He
is the Son of God.
Then all who heard were amazed, and said, "Is this not he who
destroyed those who called on this name in Jerusalem, and has come here for
that purpose, so that he might bring them bound to the chief priests?"
But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the
Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that this Jesus is the Christ.
Now after many days were past, the Jews plotted to kill him.
But their plot became known to Saul. And they watched the gates
day and night, to kill him.
Then the disciples took him by night and let him down through
the wall in a large basket.
And when Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to join the
disciples; but they were all afraid of him, and did not believe that he was
But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. And he
declared to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had
spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of
So he was with them at Jerusalem, coming in and going out.
And he spoke boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus and disputed
against the Hellenists, but they attempted to kill him.
When the brethren found out, they brought him down to Caesarea
and sent him out to Tarsus.
Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria
had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the
comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.
Gospel Reading: John 15:17-16:2
"These things I command you, that you love one another.
"If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it
"If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet
because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world,
therefore the world hates you.
"Remember the word that I said to you, 'A servant is not
greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute
you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.
"But all these things they will do to you for My name's sake,
because they do not know Him who sent Me.
"If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin,
but now they have no excuse for their sin.
"He who hates Me hates My Father also.
"If I had not done among them the works which no one else did,
they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and
"But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is
written in their law, 'They hated Me without a cause.'
"But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the
Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify
"And you also will bear witness, because you have been with
Me from the beginning.
"These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be
made to stumble.
"They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is
coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.
Saints and Feasts
Epiphanius, Bishop of Cyprus; Germanos, Patriarch of Constantinople; Theodorus the Righteous of Cythera