Epistle Reading: Acts 21:8-14
On the next day we who were Paul's companions departed and came
to Caesarea, and entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of
the seven, and stayed with him.
Now this man had four virgin daughters who prophesied.
And as we stayed many days, a certain prophet named Agabus
came down from Judea.
When he had come to us, he took Paul's belt, bound his own
hands and feet, and said, "Thus says the Holy Spirit, 'So shall the Jews at
Jerusalem bind the man who owns this belt, and deliver him into the hands
of the Gentiles.' "
And when we heard these things, both we and those from that
place pleaded with him not to go up to Jerusalem.
Then Paul answered, "What do you mean by weeping and breaking
my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem
for the name of the Lord Jesus."
So when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, "The
will of the Lord be done."
Gospel Reading: John 14:27-15:7
"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the
world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let
it be afraid.
"You have heard Me say to you, 'I am going away and coming
back to you.' If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, 'I am
going to the Father,' for My Father is greater than I.
"And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does
come to pass, you may believe.
"I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this
world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.
"But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as
the Father gave Me commandment, so I do. Arise, let us go from here.
"I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.
"Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away;
and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
"You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken
"Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of
itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in
"I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and
I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
"If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch
and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and
they are burned.
"If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask
what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
Saints and Feasts
Our Father Metrophanes, Archbishop of Constantinople; Mary & Martha, the sisters of Lazarus; Sophia of Thrace, The Mother of Orphans