Thursday 21st March 2019
Lenten Fast: strict fast
Today we commemorate:
St. James the Confessor, bishop of The Studion (8th C). St. Thomas, patriarch of Constantinople (610). New Martyr Michael of Agrapha (1544).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Enda of Inishmore, abbot of Aran (530).
Isaiah 6:1-12; Genesis 5:1-24; Proverbs 6:3-20
And it came to pass in the year that king Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and the house was full of His glory. And round about Him stood seraphim: the one had six wings, and the other had six wings; and with twain they covered their face, and with twain they covered their feet, and with twain they did fly. And they cried one to another, and said, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Sabaoth: the whole earth is full of His glory. And the lintel was lifted up at the voice wherewith they did cry; and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, O wretch that I am, for I am pricked to the heart; because I am a man, and have unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people which have unclean lips: and with mine eyes have I seen the King, the Lord of Sabaoth. And there was sent one of the seraphim unto me, and he had a coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: and he touched my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips, and will take away thine iniquities, and purge thy sins. Also I heard the voice of the Lord saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go unto this people? And I said, Lo, here am I; send me. And He said, Go, and say unto this people, Hearing, ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing, ye shall see, and shall not perceive. For this people’s heart is waxed fat, and with their ears they are become dull of hearing; and their eyes have they closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. Then said I, Lord, how long? and He said, Until the cities be deserted, because they are not inhabited, and the houses, because there is no man: and the land be left utterly desolate. And after these things shall the Lord remove the men far away; and they that are left upon the land shall be multiplied.
This is the book of the generation of men: in the day that God made Adam, in the image of God made He him: male and female made He them, and blessed them; and called his name Adam, in the day wherein He made them. And Adam lived two hundred and thirty years, and begat a son after his own likeness and after his image, and called his name Seth. And the days of Adam that he lived after he had begotten Seth were seven hundred years, and he begat sons and daughters. And all the days of Adam that he lived were nine hundred and thirty years; and he died. Now Seth lived two hundred and five years and begat Enos. And Seth lived after he begat Enos seven hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters. And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years; and he died. And Enos lived an hundred and ninety years, and begat Cainan. And Enos lived after he begat Cainan seven hundred and fifteen years, and begat sons and daughters. And all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five years; and he died. And Cainan lived an hundred and seventy years, and begat Mahalaleel. And Cainan lived after he begat Mahalaleel seven hundred and forty years, and begat sons and daughters. And all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years; and he died. And Mahalaleel lived an hundred and sixty and five years, and begat Jared. And Mahalaleel lived after he begat Jared seven hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters. And all the days of Mahalaleel were eight hundred and ninety and five years; and he died. And Jared lived an hundred and sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch. And Jared lived after he begat Enoch eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters. And all the days of Jared were nine hundred and sixty and two years; and he died. And Enoch lived an hundred and sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah. And Enoch was well pleasing to God after he begat Methuselah for two hundred years, and he begat sons and daughters. And all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty and five years. And Enoch was well pleasing to God, and he was not found, for God translated him.
My son, do that which I command thee, and deliver thyself; for on thy friend’s account thou art come into the power of evil: faint not, but stir up even thy friend for whom thou art become surety. Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids; that thou mayest deliver thyself as a roe out of the toils, and as a bird out of a snare. Go to the ant, thou sluggard; and see, and be zealous to observe his ways, and be wiser than he. For seeing he hath no husbandry, nor any to compel him, and is under no master, he prepareth meat for himself in the summer, and maketh his provision abundant in the winter. Or go to the bee, and learn how diligent she is, and how earnestly she doeth her work; whose labours kings and private men use for health; she also is desired by all, and honoured: though she be weak in strength, she is advanced by honouring wisdom. How long wilt thou lie, O sluggard? and when wilt thou arise out of sleep? Thou sleepest a little, and thou restest a little, and thou slumberest a short time, and thou foldest thine arms over thy breast a little. Then poverty cometh upon thee as an evil traveller, and want as a swift runner: but if thou be diligent, thine harvest shall arrive as a fountain; and poverty, as a bad runner, shall flee away. A foolish man and transgressor goeth in ways that are not good. And he winketh with the eye, and maketh a sign with his foot, and teacheth with the movement of his fingers. And with a froward heart he deviseth evils continually: such an one causeth troubles in a city. Therefore his destruction cometh suddenly, overthrow and irretrievable ruin. For he rejoiceth in all things which God hateth, and is ruined by reason of his soul’s uncleanness. The eye of the haughty, a tongue unjust, hands that shed the blood of the just, and an heart that deviseth evil thoughts, and feet that hasten to do evil. An unjust witness kindleth falsehoods, and sendeth forth judgements between brethren. My son, keep thy father’s laws, and reject not the precepts of thy mother: