Epistle Reading: Acts 21:26-32
Then Paul took the men, and the next day, having been purified
with them, entered the temple to announce the expiration of the days of
purification, at which time an offering should be made for each one of them.
And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews from Asia,
seeing him in the temple, stirred up the whole crowd and laid hands on him,
crying out, "Men of Israel, help! This is the man who teaches
all men everywhere against the people, the law, and this place; and
furthermore he also brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this
(For they had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian with him
in the city, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.)
And all the city was disturbed; and the people ran together,
seized Paul, and dragged him out of the temple; and immediately the doors
Now as they were seeking to kill him, news came to the
commander of the garrison that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.
He immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down to
them. And when they saw the commander and the soldiers, they stopped
Gospel Reading: John 16:2-13
"They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is
coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.
"And these things they will do to you because they have not
known the Father nor Me.
"But these things I have told you, that when the time comes,
you may remember that I told you of them. And these things I did not say to
you at the beginning, because I was with you.
"But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, '
Where are You going?'
"But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has
filled your heart.
"Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage
that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you;
but if I depart, I will send Him to you.
"And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and
of righteousness, and of judgment:
"of sin, because they do not believe in Me;
"of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me
"of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
"I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear
"However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will
guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but
whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
Saints and Feasts
The Holy Hieromartyr Dorotheus, Bishop of Tyre; Holy Martyrs Nicandrus, Gorgus and Apollonus and those with them; Christophoros & Konon the Martyrs of Rome