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 Acts 21:26-32 26 
Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification, until that an offering should be offered for every one of them. 27 And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews which were of Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him, 28 Crying out, Men of Israel, help: This is the man, that teacheth all men every where against the people, and the law, and this place: and further brought Greeks also into the temple, and hath polluted this holy place. 29 (For they had seen before with him in the city Trophimus an Ephesian, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.) 30 And all the city was moved, and the people ran together: and they took Paul, and drew him out of the temple: and forthwith the doors were shut. 31 And as they went about to kill him, tidings came unto the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar. 32 Who immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down unto them: and when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they left beating of Paul.

 John 16:2-13 2 
They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. 3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. 4 But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you. 5 But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou? 6 But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. 12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

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Troparion of St Theodore    Tone 3
Thou wast a sanctified gift and didst glorify God the Word,/ O holy, godly Theodore./ Filled with divine goodness,/ thou pourest grace on all who cry:/ Pray to Christ our God to grant us His great mercy.

Troparion of St Ephraim of Perekop    Tone 4
Serving God from thy youth, O blessed Ephraim,/ for His sake thou didst abandon home and family./ Thou didst live austerely in the wilderness/ where  thou didst receive the gift of wonderworking./ Pray to Christ our God that our souls may be saved.

Troparion of St Carantoc    Tone 7
Preferring to serve in the Kingdom of God/ than to rule an earthly kingdom, O Father Carantoc,/ thou didst convert many to Christ in Ireland,/ in thy native Wales and in  Cornwall,/ where having cast out the dragon and founded many churches/ thou wast a shining beacon guiding many souls into the Way of Salvation./ Pray now to Christ our God that He will save our souls.

Troparion of St Brendan    Tone 8
The Divine Likeness has been perfected in thee, O holy Father Brendan,/ for taking up the Cross thou hast followed Christ,/ and by thy deeds thou hast taught us to disdain the flesh, for it passes away,/ but to cultivate the soul, for it is immortal:/ wherefore, O holy Father, thy spirit rejoices with the Angels.

Kontakion of St Theodore    Tone 2
Thou didst flourish like a date palm in the house of God/ and produce fruits of virtue by thine asceticism, O Theodore./ Therefore thou art now blessed/ and art rejoicing with the Angels.

Kontakion of St Ephraim of Perekop    Tone 8
Thou didst strive for the angelic life, abandoning earthly things,/ and hasten to Christ, O  righteous father./ Thou didst guard thyself with His commandments and appear as an unassailable pillar./ Wherefore we cry to thee: Rejoice O Ephraim, thou radiant lamp.