Epistle Reading: Acts 2:1-11
Now when the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with
one accord in one place.
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing
mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one
sat upon each of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak
with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from
every nation under heaven.
And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and
were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language.
Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, "
Look, are not all these who speak Galileans?
"And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which
we were born?
"Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in
Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,
"Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining
Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,
"Cretans and Arabs; we hear them speaking in our own tongues
the wonderful works of God."
Gospel Reading: John 7:37-52,8:12
On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and
cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.
"He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his
heart will flow rivers of living water."
But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing
in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus
was not yet glorified.
Therefore many from the crowd, when they heard this saying,
said, "Truly this is the Prophet."
Others said, "This is the Christ," but some said, "Will the
Christ come out of Galilee?
"Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the
seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?"
So there was a division among the people because of Him.
Now some of them wanted to take Him, but no one laid hands on
Then the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who
said to them, "Why have you not brought Him?"
The officers answered, "No man ever spoke like this Man!"
Then the Pharisees answered them, "Are you also deceived?
"Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in Him?
"But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed."
Nicodemus (he who came to Jesus by night, being one of them)
said to them,
"Does our law judge a man before it hears him and knows what
he is doing?"
They answered and said to him, "Are you also from Galilee?
Search and look, for no prophet has arisen out of Galilee."
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the
world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of
Saints and Feasts
Pentecost; Alexander & Antonina the Martyrs; Timothy, Bishop of Proussa; Our Holy Father Gregory, Bishop of Assos; Theophanes & Pansemne of Antioch; The Holy Martyrs of China