Old Testament Reading: Exodus 2:11-22
Now it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that
he went out to his brethren and looked at their burdens. And he saw an
Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren.
So he looked this way and that way, and when he saw no one,
he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.
And when he went out the second day, behold, two Hebrew men
were fighting, and he said to the one who did the wrong, "Why are you
striking your companion?"
Then he said, "Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do
you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?" So Moses feared and said, "
Surely this thing is known!"
When Pharaoh heard of this matter, he sought to kill Moses.
But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh and dwelt in the land of Midian;
and he sat down by a well.
Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters. And they came
and drew water, and they filled the troughs to water their father's flock.
Then the shepherds came and drove them away; but Moses stood
up and helped them, and watered their flock.
When they came to Reuel their father, he said, "How is it
that you have come so soon today?"
And they said, "An Egyptian delivered us from the hand of the
shepherds, and he also drew enough water for us and watered the flock."
So he said to his daughters, "And where is he? Why is it that
you have left the man? Call him, that he may eat bread."
Then Moses was content to live with the man, and he gave
Zipporah his daughter to Moses.
And she bore him a son, and he called his name Gershom; for
he said, "I have been a stranger in a foreign land."
Old Testament Reading: Job 2:1-10
Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present
themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present
himself before the LORD.
And the LORD said to Satan, "From where do you come?" So Satan
answered the LORD and said, "From going to and fro on the earth, and from
walking back and forth on it."
Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered My servant Job,
that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one
who fears God and shuns evil? And still he holds fast to his integrity,
although you incited Me against him, to destroy him without cause."
So Satan answered the LORD and said, "Skin for skin! Yes, all
that a man has he will give for his life.
"But stretch out Your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh,
and he will surely curse You to Your face!"
So the LORD said to Satan, "Behold, he is in your hand, but spare
Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD, and struck Job
with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.
And he took for himself a potsherd with which to scrape himself
while he sat in the midst of the ashes.
Then his wife said to him, "Do you still hold to your integrity?
Curse God and die!"
But he said to her, "You speak as one of the foolish women
speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept
adversity?" In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 26:6-16
And when Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the
a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly
fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table.
But when His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, "
To what purpose is this waste?
"For this fragrant oil might have been sold for much and
given to the poor."
But when Jesus was aware of it, He said to them, "Why do
you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work for Me.
"For you have the poor with you always, but Me you do not
"For in pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she did it
for My burial.
"Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached
in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a
memorial to her."
Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the
and said, "What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him
to you?" And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver.
So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him.
Saints and Feasts
Holy Wednesday; Holy Father John the Righteous, disciple of St. Gregory of Decapolis; Euthemios the Enlightener of Karelia; Cosmas, Bishop of Calcydon; John the New Martyr of Epiros