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2 Timothy 3:16-4:4

     16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. 1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Luke 14:25-35

     25 And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, 26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? 29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, 30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. 31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? 32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. 33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. 34 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? 35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

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Troparion of St Gregory the Wonderworker    Tone 8
Thou didst become worthy of thy name through thy way of life,/ through vigilant prayer and the working of miracles./ Pray to Christ our God to enlighten our souls/ lest we sleep in sin which leads to death, O Gregory our Father.

Troparion of St Nikon    Tone 1
Thou wast zealous in obedience,/ O righteous Father Nikon./ In praise of thy Father thou didst erect a church of the Holy Trinity./ Wherefore we thy children lovingly cry:/ Glory to Him Who has strengthened thee; glory to Him Who has crowned thee;/ glory to Him Who through thee works healings for all.

Kontakion of St Gregory the Wonderworker    Tone 2
Thou didst receive power to work many miracles,/ O wise Gregory./ Thou didst terrify demons with fearful signs/ and dispel diseases from men./ And having obtained thy name from thy works/ thou art called a wonderworker.

Kontakion of St Nikon    Tone 4
Thou didst follow thy spiritual leader/ and labour, guided to Christ by him./ Thou wast a leader of monks/ and didst dwell with the righteous./ With them pray unceasingly to Christ our God for us all.