Epistle Reading: 1 Corinthians 14:20-25
Brethren, do not be children in understanding;
however, in malice be babes, but in understanding be mature.
In the law it is written: "With men of other tongues
and other lips I will speak to this people; and yet, for all that, they
will not hear Me," says the Lord.
Therefore tongues are for a sign, not to those who
believe but to unbelievers; but prophesying is not for unbelievers but for
those who believe.
Therefore if the whole church comes together in one
place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those who are
uninformed or unbelievers, will they not say that you are out of your mind?
But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an
uninformed person comes in, he is convinced by all, he is judged by all.
And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed; and
so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is
truly among you.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 25:1-13
"Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins
who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
"Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
"Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil
"but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
"But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered
"And at midnight a cry was heard: 'Behold, the bridegroom
is coming; go out to meet him!'
"Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.
"And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your
oil, for our lamps are going out.'
"But the wise answered, saying, 'No, lest there should not
be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for
"And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and
those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
"Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, 'Lord,
Lord, open to us!'
"But he answered and said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, I do
not know you.'
"Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the
hour in which the Son of Man is coming.
Epistle Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:26-29
For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise
according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.
But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to
put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to
put to shame the things which are mighty;
and the base things of the world and the things which
are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to
nothing the things that are,
that no flesh should glory in His presence.
Gospel Reading: John 8:21-30
Then Jesus said to them again, "I am going away, and you will
seek Me, and will die in your sin. Where I go you cannot come."
So the Jews said, "Will He kill Himself, because He says, '
Where I go you cannot come'?"
And He said to them, "You are from beneath; I am from above.
You are of this world; I am not of this world.
"Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for
if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins."
Then they said to Him, "Who are You?" And Jesus said to them, "
Just what I have been saying to you from the beginning.
"I have many things to say and to judge concerning you, but He
who sent Me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I heard
They did not understand that He spoke to them of the Father.
Then Jesus said to them, "When you lift up the Son of Man, then
you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My
Father taught Me, I speak these things.
"And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me
alone, for I always do those things that please Him."
As He spoke these words, many believed in Him.
Saints and Feasts
Saturday after the Elevation of the Cross