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1 Thessalonians 5:9-13, 24-28

     9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. 11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. 12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; 13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves. 24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. 25 Brethren, pray for us. 26 Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss. 27 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren. 28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

Luke 13:31-35

     31 The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee. 32 And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected. 33 Nevertheless I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem. 34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not! 35 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

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Troparion of St John the Almsgiver    Tone 8
In patience thou didst win thy reward, O righteous John./ Thou didst love the poor and provide for them bountifully./ Pray to Christ our God to save our souls.

Troparion of St Nilus of Sinai    Tone 4
With live coals of wisdom thou didst purify thy mind;/ thou didst drink from the Fountain of Life/ and live as an Angel./ Hence thou dost ever pour forth springs that water the world divinely./ We praise thee, Father Nilus.

Troparion of St Machar    Tone 1
Thou didst bring many to the Faith,/ erect numerous churches, extinguish the worship of false gods and cast down idols,/ O Hierarch Machar, establishing thy cathedral at Old Aberdeen./ As thou wast fearless and tireless in thy labours for Christ,/ pray, O Saint, that we may  be given strength to follow in thy footsteps/ and that thereby we may be found worthy of His abundant mercy.

Kontakion of St John the Almsgiver    Tone 2
Thou didst dispense thy wealth to the poor/ and obtain wealth from heaven, O John./ Wherefore we acclaim thee and celebrate thy memory,/ O namesake of mercy .

Kontakion of St Nilus    Tone 8
By thy vigilant prayer thou didst cut away the undergrowth of the body's insurgent passions./ Thou hast boldness with the Lord:/ free me from dangers that I may cry to thee: Rejoice, O Father Nilus.