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28th Sunday after Pentecost


Luke 24:36-53

     And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet. And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And he took it, and did eat before them. And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high. And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.


Colossians 1:12-18

     Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

Luke 18:18-27

     And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother. And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up. Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich. And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved? And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

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Troparion of St Ambrose    Tone 1
O Ambrose, wonderworker and champion of  the Church,/ Godbearing Hierarch:/ thou didst work miracles by thy faith and love for God;/ therefore we the earthborn glorify thee and cry out:/ Glory to Him Who has glorified thee; glory to Him Who has crowned thee;/ glory to Him Who through thee works healings for all.

Troparion of St Anthony of Siya    Tone 1
O Anthony, thou didst renounce the world in fervour of spirit,/ and seek the one God with thy whole heart./ Thou didst retreat to a far wilderness near waters,/ in tears and labours living the angelic life./ Thou didst gather a multitude of monks in thy wisdom;/ visit them and cease not to entreat the Holy Trinity to deliver us from every evil and to save our souls.

Troparion of St Nil of Stolben    Tone 4
Thou didst appear as a bright light on the island of Lake Seliger./ Thou didst take Christ's Cross on thy shoulder from thy youth/ and follow Him zealously, O Father Nil./ By thy purity thou didst approach the divine likeness/ and wast enriched with the gift of miracles./ We run to thy relics and cry with compunction:/ Entreat Christ our God that He may save our souls.

Troparion of St Buithe    Tone 8
Great wonderworker and ascetic, O Father Buithe,/ who by the power of thy prayers didst restore the slain to life,/ intercede with Christ our God that He will grant us life eternal in the realms of the blessed.

Kontakion of St Ambrose    Tone 3
Thou didst shine with divine doctrine/ and blacken the error of Arius;/ working miracles in the power of the Spirit/ thou didst heal various passions./ O Ambrose, shepherd and teacher, pray to Christ our God to grant us His great mercy.

Kontakion of St Anthony of Siya    Tone 8
From thy youth thou didst exhaust thy flesh by fasting and prayers, and take up thy cross and follow Christ./ Thou didst complete thy journey to heaven with joy, and dost stand with the Saints before the Trinity./ Now visiting thy flock remember those who honour thee, that all may cry with thanksgiving;/ Rejoice, O wise and righteous Anthony, guide of desert-dwellers.

Kontakion of St Nil of Stolben    Tone 8
Thou didst leave thy fatherland and dwell in the wilderness upon the island of Lake Seliger./ Thou didst live in hardship and amaze men by thy virtues, and receive Christ's gift of working miracles./ Remember us who honour thy memory, that we may cry to thee: Rejoice, O  Father Nil.