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Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 5/28/2013

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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.

Epistle Reading: Acts 10:21-33

Then Peter went down to the men who had been sent to him from Cornelius, and said, "Yes, I am he whom you seek. For what reason have you come?"

And they said, "Cornelius the centurion, a just man, one who fears God and has a good reputation among all the nation of the Jews, was divinely instructed by a holy angel to summon you to his house, and to hear words from you."

Then he invited them in and lodged them. On the next day Peter went away with them, and some brethren from Joppa accompanied him.

And the following day they entered Caesarea. Now Cornelius was waiting for them, and had called together his relatives and close friends.

As Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshiped him.

But Peter lifted him up, saying, "Stand up; I myself am also a man."

And as he talked with him, he went in and found many who had come together.

Then he said to them, "You know how unlawful it is for a Jewish man to keep company with or go to one of another nation. But God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean.

"Therefore I came without objection as soon as I was sent for. I ask, then, for what reason have you sent for me?"

And Cornelius said, "Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,

"and said, 'Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your alms are remembered in the sight of God.

'Send therefore to Joppa and call Simon here, whose surname is Peter. He is lodging in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea. When he comes, he will speak to you.'

"So I sent to you immediately, and you have done well to come. Now therefore, we are all present before God, to hear all the things commanded you by God."

Gospel Reading: John 7:1-13

After these things Jesus walked in Galilee; for He did not want to walk in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill Him.

Now the Jews' Feast of Tabernacles was at hand.

His brothers therefore said to Him, "Depart from here and go into Judea, that Your disciples also may see the works that You are doing.

"For no one does anything in secret while he himself seeks to be known openly. If You do these things, show Yourself to the world."

For even His brothers did not believe in Him.

Then Jesus said to them, "My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready.

"The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil.

"You go up to this feast. I am not yet going up to this feast, for My time has not yet fully come."

When He had said these things to them, He remained in Galilee.

But when His brothers had gone up, then He also went up to the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.

Then the Jews sought Him at the feast, and said, "Where is He?"

And there was much murmuring among the people concerning Him. Some said, "He is good"; others said, "No, on the contrary, He deceives the people."

However, no one spoke openly of Him for fear of the Jews.

Saints and Feasts

Pachomius the Great; Achillius the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Larissa; Barbaros the Myrrhbearer of Kerkyra; Andrew the Hermit & Wonderworker

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