Friday 6th December 2019
Nativity Fast: wine and oil allowed
St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, archbishop of Myra in Lycia (c.345)
Today we commemorate:
St. Nicholas, bishop of Patara (c.3rd C). New Martyr Nicholas of Karamania in Asia Minor (1657). St. Theophilus, bishop of Antioch (181). Blessed Maximus, metropolitan of Kiev (1305).
British Isles and Ireland:
SS Auxilius, Isserninus and Secundinus, workers with St. Patrick (5th C).
2 Thessalonians 3:6-18; Luke 21:37-22:8
For the Commemoration: Hebrews 13:17-21; Luke 6:17-23
Readings in bold type are those appointed by the Typikon for use at the Liturgy
2 Thessalonians 3:6-18
We call upon you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to avoid every brother or sister whose behaviour is out of order and not according to the tradition they received from us. For you know how you should imitate us, and that when we were with you we did not behave inappropriately. Nor did we eat anyone's bread for nothing, but in weariness and hardship we worked night and day not to be a burden on any of you. This was not because we do not have the authority, but so that we might give ourselves to you as a model to imitate. For when we were with you we commanded you that if someone was not willing to work, neither should they eat.” Yet we hear that there are some among you who are out of order, doing not a stroke of work but busying themselves in the affairs of others. Such people we command and exhort through the Lord Jesus Christ to work in silence and eat their own bread. But you, brothers and sisters, do not grow tired of doing good. If there are those who do not obey the contents of our letter take note, and do not associate with them so that they may be shamed. Do not count them as enemies but reprove them as brothers or sisters. Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace always and in every way. The Lord be with you all. This greeting is in my own hand, Paul. This is my signature in every letter; this is my handwriting. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
Each day he taught in the temple and each evening he went out to the Mount of Olives and spent the night there. Then at dawn all the people came to him in the temple to listen to him. Now, the feast of unleavened bread which is called Passover was approaching. The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to do away with Jesus but they were afraid of the people. Then Satan entered into Judas, surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered among the Twelve. And Judas went off and consulted with the chief priests and scribes and military officers about how he might hand him over to them. They were pleased and promised to give him money. He agreed and set about looking for an opportunity in the absence of a crowd to hand him over to them. Then came the day of unleavened bread on which the Passover needed to be sacrificed. So Jesus sent off Peter and John saying, “Go and prepare for us the Passover so we may eat.”
Obey your leaders and submit to them – for they watch over your souls as those who will be answerable – so they can perform [their duties] with joy and not with a sigh, for that would be unprofitable for you. Pray for us, for we trust that we have a good conscience wanting to live uprightly in every way. I beg you earnestly to do this so that I may quickly be restored to you. Now may the God of peace who by the blood of an eternal covenant brought up from the dead the great shepherd of the sheep, our Lord Jesus, make you perfect in every good work so that you may do his will, working in you what is pleasing in his sight through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory to the ages of ages. Amen.
Jesus came down with them and stood in a level place. A crowd of his disciples and a great throng of people from all Judea, Jerusalem and the coastal areas of Tyre and Sidon came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases, and also those who were disturbed by unclean spirits, and they were healed. Everyone in the crowd was trying to touch him because power was coming from him and was healing them all. Jesus raised his eyes to his disciples and said, “Blessed are those who are poor, for yours is the Kingdom of God. Blessed are those who hunger now, for you will be filled. Blessed are those who weep now, for you will laugh. Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude and revile you and drag down your name as evil on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice on that day and leap for joy for, you see, your reward is great in heaven. Their fathers did the same things to the prophets.”