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Friday, January 28, 2011

Daily Reading

Friday

LITURGY

James 2:1-13

     1 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. 2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; 3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: 4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? 5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? 6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? 7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called? 8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: 9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. 10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. 11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. 12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. 13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.


Mark 10:23-32

     23 And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! 24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. 26 And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved? 27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. 28 Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. 29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, 30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. 31 But many that are first shall be last; and the last first. 32 And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should happen unto him,


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ST PAUL OF THEBES
ST JOHN THE HUT-DWELLER

Troparion of St Paul of Thebes    Tone 3
Inspired by the Spirit, thou wast the first to dwell in the desert,/ in emulation of Elijah the Zealot;/ as one like the Angels,/ thou wast made known to the world by St Anthony./ O righteous Paul, pray to Christ our God to grant us His great mercy.

Troparion of St John the Hut-dweller    Tone 4
Thou didst fervently long for the Lord from childhood,/ thou didst abandon the delights of the world and train as an ascetic./ Thou didst build thy hut at thy parents' gates/ and shatter the demon's snares./ Wherefore Christ has glorified thee, O blessed John.

Kontakion of St Paul of Thebes    Tone 3
We gather today and praise thee with hymns/ as an unwaning ray of the spiritual sun;/ for thou didst shine on those in the darkness of ignorance,/ and lead all men to the heights/ holy Paul, adornment of Thebes,/ firm foundation of ascetics and fathers.

Kontakion of St John the Hut-dweller    Tone 2
In longing for Christ-like poverty/ thou didst forsake thy parents' wealth, O John;/ thou didst follow Christ our God with the Gospel in thy hand,/ interceding unceasingly for us all.

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