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Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 5/24/2019

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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.

Epistle Reading: Acts 10:44-11:10

While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word.

And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also.

For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Then Peter answered,

"Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?"

And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then they asked him to stay a few days.

Now the apostles and brethren who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God.

And when Peter came up to Jerusalem, those of the circumcision contended with him,

saying, "You went in to uncircumcised men and ate with them!"

But Peter explained it to them in order from the beginning, saying:

"I was in the city of Joppa praying; and in a trance I saw a vision, an object descending like a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came to me.

"When I observed it intently and considered, I saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air.

"And I heard a voice saying to me, 'Rise, Peter; kill and eat.'

"But I said, 'Not so, Lord! For nothing common or unclean has at any time entered my mouth.'

"But the voice answered me again from heaven, 'What God has cleansed you must not call common.'

"Now this was done three times, and all were drawn up again into heaven.

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 from Him."

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

Methodius & Cyril, Equal-to-the Apostles Illuminators of the Slavs; Renewal of Constantinople; Hieromartyr Mocius; Theopemptos the Martyr & his Companions; Dioscoros the New Martyr; Argyrios the New-Martyr of Epanomi

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