1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. 2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. 3 Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. 4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. 7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: 8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
11 And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve. 12 And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry: 13 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. 14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it. 15 And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves; 16 And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple. 17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves. 18 And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine. 19 And when even was come, he went out of the city. 20 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. 21 And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. 22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. 23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
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SYNAXIS OF THE HOLY AND GLORIOUS PROPHET AND
FORERUNNER AND BAPTIST JOHN
ST BRANNOCK OF BRAUNTON
Troparion of the Feast Tone 1
When Thou wast baptized in the Jordan, O Lord,/ the worship of the Trinity made its appearance./ For the voice of the Father bore witness to Thee/ when He called Thee His beloved Son./ And the Spirit in the form of a dove/ confirmed the truth of the word./ O Christ our God, Who hast appeared and hast enlightened the world,/ glory to Thee!
Troparion of the Forerunner Tone 2
The memory of the just is celebrated with hymns of praise,/ but the Lord's testimony is enough for thee, O Forerunner/ for thou wast shown to be more wonderful than the Prophets/ since thou wast granted to baptize in the running waters/ Him whom thou didst proclaim./ Then having endured great suffering for the Truth,/ thou didst rejoice to bring, even to those in hell,/ the good tidings that God Who had appeared in the flesh/ takes away the sin of the world/ and grants us the great mercy.
Troparion of St Brannock of Braunton Tone 1
Righteous tutor of the children of Brychan and great wonderworker, O Father Brannock,/ thou didst win many souls for Christ by thy tireless endeavors./ As Braunton's church may yet hold thy precious relics,/ pray that we, being ever mindful of our Orthodox heritage,/ may never deviate from the true faith,/ and, thereby, receive the reward of the blest.
Kontakion of the Feast Tone 4
Thou hast appeared today to the world,/ and Thy light, O Lord, has been signed upon us/ who with full knowledge sing to Thee./ Thou hast come, Thou hast appeared,/ O Unapproachable Light.
Kontakion of the Forerunner Tone 6
Jordan turned back in fear at the sight of Thy bodily presence./ And having fulfilled his prophetic ministry, John drew back trembling./ The Angelic orders were amazed/ to see Thee in the flesh baptized in the waters./ And all in darkness were illumined and praised Thee/ Who had appeared and enlightened all creation.
Kontakion of St Brannock of Braunton Tone 5
Returning to Wales from thy pilgrimage to the Apostles/ and thy witnessing in Brittany, O Father Brannock,/ thou didst desire solitude for thy last days./ Miraculously sailing to Devon in a stone coffin,/ thou didst find Braunton pleasing to God./ Wherefore we praise Him for His great mercy and sing hymns,/ keeping festival to glorify and venerate thy most holy memory.