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1 Timothy 5:1-10

     1 Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren; 2 The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity. 3 Honour widows that are widows indeed. 4 But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God. 5 Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day. 6 But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth. 7 And these things give in charge, that they may be blameless. 8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. 9 Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man. 10 Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints' feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.

Luke 12:13-15, 22-31

     13 And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me. 14 And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you? 15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. 22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. 23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. 24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? 25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? 26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest? 27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? 29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. 30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. 31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.

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Troparion of St Nektarios    Tone 1
Let us the faithful honour Nektarios,/ offspring of Silyvria and guardian of Aegina,/ who has appeared in latter years, a true friend of virtue, as a God-filled servant of Christ./ For he  dispenses all manner of healing to those who with reverence cry out:/Glory to Christ Who has glorified thee; glory to Him Who has worked wonders in thee:/ glory to Him who through thee has wrought healing for all.

Troparion of Ss Onesiphorus and Porphyrius    Tone 3
You sought the delights of heaven/ and became martyrs of the Lord,/ O renowned Onesiphorus and Porphyrius./ Wherefore you drove God's golden chariot on the heavenly course./ O divine Martyrs, entreat Christ our God to grant us His great mercy.

Troparion of St Benen    Tone 1
O best loved disciple and successor of Ireland's Enlightener,/ thy God-blessed witness for our saving faith is sorely needed,/ most reverend Hierarch Benen. Entreat Christ our God that He will raise up new disciples/ to bring thy native land out of this present ''Dark Age''/ and restore it to the True Light of Orthodoxy/ for the salvation of men's souls.

Troparion of St Pabo    Tone 8
Revered "Pillar of Northern Britain" and Light of Monastics, O Father Pabo,/ leaving thy family and homeland, thou didst inspire us, O holy one,/ to respect the monastic virtues  which attain to the salvation of souls.

Kontakion of St Nektarios    Tone 8
Let us sing praises with gladness of heart to the newly shining star of Orthodoxy,/ to the newly-built bastion of the Church./ For being glorified by the power of the Spirit, he pours out the immortal grace of healing/ to those who cry out: Father Nektarios, rejoice!

Kontakion of Ss Onesiphorus and Porphyrius    Tone 2
The glorious martyrs Onesiphorus and Porphyrius together contested valiantly./ They humbled  the enemy's arrogance to the earth/ and shone with the grace of the uncreated Trinity./ Together with the Angels they now intercede for us all.