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Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 4/30/2013

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Prayer Before Reading Holy Scripture

O Master Who loves mankind, illuminate our hearts with the pure light of Your divine knowledge and open the eyes of our mind to understand the teachings of Your Gospel. Instill in us also the fear of Your blessed commandments, that we may overcome all carnal desires, entering upon a spiritual life and understanding and acting in all things according to Your holy will. For You are the enlightenment of our souls and bodies, O Christ God, and to You we give glory together with Your eternal Father and Your all-holy, gracious and life-giving Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.

Old Testament Reading: Exodus 2:5-10

Then the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash hself at the river. And her maidens walked along the river's side; and when she saw the ark among the reeds, she sent her maid to get it.

And when she had opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby wept. So she had compassion on him, and said, "This is one of the Hebrews' children."

Then his sister said to Pharaoh's daughter, "Shall I go and call a nurse for you from the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for you?"

And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Go." So the maiden went and called the child's mother.

Then Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages." So the woman took the child and nursed him.

And the child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. So she called his name Moses, saying, "Because I drew him out of the water."

Old Testament Reading: Job 1:13-22

Now there was a day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother's house;

and a messenger came to Job and said, "The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them,

"when the Sabeans raided them and took them away; indeed they have killed the servants with the edge of the sword; and I alone have escaped to tell you!"

While he was still speaking, another also came and said, "The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants, and consumed them; and I alone have escaped to tell you!"

While he was still speaking, another also came and said, "The Chaldeans formed three bands, raided the camels and took them away, yes, and killed the servants with the edge of the sword; and I alone have escaped to tell you!"

While he was still speaking, another also came and said, "Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother's house,

"and suddenly a great wind came from across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young men, and they are dead; and I alone have escaped to tell you!"

Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped.

And he said: "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return there. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD."

In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.

Gospel Reading: Matthew 24:36-26:2

"But of that day and hour no one knows, no, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.

"But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

"For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,

"and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

"Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left.

"Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left.

"Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.

"But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.

"Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not expect Him.

"Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season?

"Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing.

"Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods.

"But if that evil servant says in his heart, 'My master is delaying his coming,'

"and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards,

"the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of,

"and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, that He said to His disciples,

"You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified."

Saints and Feasts

Holy Tuesday; Symeon the Holy Martyr & Bishop of Persia; Makarios, Bishop of Corinth; Agapetos of Rome

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