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Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 05/26/2023

Third Finding of the Precious Head of St. John the Baptist
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Matins Gospel Reading:

Luke 7:17-30

Epistle Reading:

St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 4:6-15

Gospel Reading:

Matthew 11:2-15

Third Finding of the Precious Head of St. John the Baptist; Carpos and Alphaeus, Apostles of the 70; Alexandros the New Martyr of Thessaloniki; George the New of Sofia; Augustine, Archbishop of Canterbury

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O Christ the True Light, which enlightens and sanctifies every one coming in to the world, let the light of Your countenance be signed on us, that in it we may see the unapproachable Light: and guide our steps to the doing of Your commandments, through the prayers of Your most pure Mother and all Your saints.  Amen.

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To have faith in Christ means more than simply despising the delights of this life. It means we should bear all our daily trials that may bring us sorrow, distress, or unhappiness, and bear them patiently for as long as God wishes and until He comes to visit us. For it is said: `I waited on the Lord and He came to me

- St. Symeon the New Theologian, from The Practical and Theological Chapters


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