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Hebrews 9:8-10, 15-23

     8 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: 9 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; 10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. 15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. 16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. 17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. 18 Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood. 19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, 20 Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. 21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. 22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. 23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

Luke 19:45-48

     45 And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought; 46 Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves. 47 And he taught daily in the temple. But the chief priests and the scribes and the chief of the people sought to destroy him, 48 And could not find what they might do: for all the people were very attentive to hear him.

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Troparion of the Prophet Nahum    Tone 3
O Prophet Nahum, thou didst shine forth in the Law/ and proclaim the consolation of grace from of old in the Spirit./ Even so, by appearing unto men,/ God the Word gladdened mortal nature./ Intercede with the compassionate Trinity to grant us His great mercy.

Troparion of St Philaret    Tone 3
From the wealth of God-like faith/ thou didst distribute thy riches to the poor, O Philaret;/ thy life was adorned with compassion/ and thou didst glorify the Giver of Mercy./ Beseech Him to have compassion and to be merciful to those who praise thee.

Kontakion of the Prophet Nahum    Tone 4
Illumined by the Spirit, thy pure heart was a vessel of illustrious prophecy./ For thou seest the far-off things as though they were present, O Prophet Nahum./ Wherefore we venerate thee.

Kontakion of St Philaret    Tone 3
Thou didst possess the spirit of Job in temptations,/ and compassionately distribute thy wealth to the poor./ Thou wast a living fountain of almsgiving/ and by thy manner of life thou dost gladden those who cry:/ O Philaret servant of Christ, rejoice.