Friday 24th January 2020
Fast day: strict fast
Today we commemorate:
St. Xenia of Rome and her two female slaves (5th C). St. Xenia, the Fool-for-Christ of St. Petersburg (18th C). Holy martyrs Babylas of Sicily and his two disciples: Timothy and Agapius (3rd C). St. Philotheus, founder of Philotheou Monastery (10th C). St. Neophytos the Anchorite, of Cyprus (1214). St. Philo, bishop of Kalpa in Cyprus (5th C). Hieromartyr Felician, bishop of Foligno (254)
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Guasacht, bishop of Granard (5th C). St. Cadoc of Wales (588).
1 Peter 1:1-2,10-12,2:6-10; Mark 5:22-24,35-6:1
Readings in bold type are those appointed by the Typikon for use at the Liturgy
1 Peter 1:1-2,10-12,2:6-10
Peter, Apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who are chosen – exiles of the Diaspora of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia – according to the foreknowledge of God the Father in the sanctification of the Spirit for obedience and to be sprinkled with the blood of Jesus Christ. Grace to you, and may peace abound. ... Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace [that was to be] yours enquired and searched thoroughly, investigating what matters, what time-scale, the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating, predicting the sufferings of Christ and the glories accompanying them. It was revealed to them that they were serving, not themselves, but us. These things have now been reported to you by those who preached the Gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. They are things into which angels long to look. ... This is contained in Scripture, ‘Behold, I lay in Zion the cornerstone, chosen, precious, and the one who believes in him will not be put to shame.’ For you who believe, it [means] honour; but for those who disbelieve, it [means] ‘The stone which the builders rejected, this has become the cornerstone,’ and, ‘a stone to stumble over and a rock to trip over.’ Being unbelieving, they stumble over the word, which is why they are there. But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people, so that you might proclaim the virtues of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. Once you were not a people but now you are God’s people; those who had not received mercy have now received mercy.
Then one of the rulers of the synagogue named Jairus appeared, and seeing him, fell at his feet and earnestly begged him, saying, “My little daughter is about to die. Could you come and lay hands on her so that she might be saved and live?” And he went with him. A great crowd followed Jesus, pressing against him. ... While he was still speaking they came from the ruler of the synagogue’s [house] saying, “Your daughter has died. Why trouble the Teacher further?” But Jesus, hearing the message, immediately said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” He did not allow anyone to accompany him except Peter and James and John, the brother of James. He arrived at the synagogue ruler’s house and found uproar, much weeping and wailing. Entering, he said to them, “Why are you making an uproar and weeping? The child is not dead but is sleeping.” And they laughed at him. But he, driving everyone out, took the father of the child and the mother and those with him and went into where the child was lying and, seizing the child by the hand, he said to her, “Talitha koumi.” which is translated, “Little girl, [I say] to you, arise.” And at once the little girl got up and walked – she was twelve years old – and they were stunned, greatly astonished. Then he strictly charged them that no one should know about this, and asked that something be given her to eat. He left there and returned to his home town, and his disciples followed him.