Monday 20th May 2019
Today we commemorate:
Holy Martyr Thalelæus at Ægæ in Cilicia, and his companions, Martyrs Alexander and Asterius (284). Uncovering (1431) of the relics of St. Alexis, metropolitan of Moscow and Wonderworker of All Russia (1378). St. Mark the Hermit (5th C). SS Nikostratos and Antiochos. St. Lydia of Philippisia. Venerable Nicetas, John, and Joseph, monks, of Chios (1050). St. Stephen, abbot of Piperi in Serbia (1697).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Ethelbert, King of East Anglia and Martyr (c.793).
Acts 10:1-16; John 6:56-69
Readings in bold type are those appointed by the Typikon for use at the Liturgy
Now, there was a certain man in Caesarea whose named was Cornelius. He was a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment, a devout man who feared God with his entire household. He gave generous alms to the people and always prayed to God. At about the ninth hour of the day, he clearly saw in a vision an angel of God coming to him, and saying to him, “Cornelius.” Gazing at the angel and being quite alarmed, Cornelius said, “What is it, Lord?” The angel replied, “Your prayers and alms have ascended as a memorial before God. Now, send men to Joppa, and get Simon who is called Peter. He is staying with a certain Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the seaside.” When the angel who had spoken to him had departed, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a devout soldier from among his attendants. Having explained everything to them, he sent them to Joppa. Now, on the next day, as they were on their way and approached the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray at about noon. He became hungry and desired to eat, but while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. He saw heaven opened and something like a great sheet let down on the earth by four corners and descending to him. In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild animals, reptiles, and birds of the sky. Then a voice came to him, “Rise, Peter, kill and eat.” But Peter said, “Not so, Lord. I have never eaten anything that is profane or unclean.” Again, a second time, the voice spoke to him, “What God has cleansed, you must not call unclean.” This happened three times, and immediately the vessel was taken up into heaven.
The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood dwells in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father; whoever eats me will also live because of me. This is the bread which came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate the manna and died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.” He said these things in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum. Therefore, many of his disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying. Who can listen to it?” But knowing in himself that his disciples grumbled at this, Jesus said to them, “Does this cause you to stumble? What then if you would see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and are life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who were those who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him. He said, “For this reason, I have told you that no one can come to me, unless it is given to him by my Father.” At this, many of his disciples left and no longer walked with him. Then Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”