Epistle Reading: Hebrews 11:33-12:2
who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness,
obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the
sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned
to flight the armies of the aliens.
Women received their dead raised to life again. And others
were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better
Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and
of chains and imprisonment.
They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were
slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins,
being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts
and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.
And all these, having obtained a good testimony through
faith, did not receive the promise,
God having provided something better for us, that they
should not be made perfect apart from us.
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a
cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so
easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set
looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith,
who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the
shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 10:32-33,37-38,19:27-30
"Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will
also confess before My Father who is in heaven.
"But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny
before My Father who is in heaven.
"He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy
of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.
"And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is
not worthy of Me.
Then Peter answered and said to Him, "See, we have left all
and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?"
So Jesus said to them, "Assuredly I say to you, that in the
regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who
have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes
"And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters
or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name's sake, shall
receive a hundredfold, and inherit everlasting life.
"But many who are first will be last, and the last first.
Saints and Feasts
Isaurus the Holy Martyr & his Companions of Athens; Manuel, Sabel, & Ishmael the Martyrs of Persia; Righteous Father Botolph, Abbot of the Monastery of Ikanhoe