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Tuesday 18th May 2021

Today we commemorate:
Holy Martyrs Peter, Dionysius, and those who suffered in Athens under Decius (250). Holy Martyr Julian. Holy Martyr Theodotus of Ancyra, and those with who suffered under Decius (303). St. Stephen the New, patriarch of Constantinople (893). Holy Martyrs David and Tarechan of Georgia (693).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Elgiva, mother of St. Edgar and abbess of Shaftesbury (944). St. Feredarius, abbot of Iona (c.863).

Today's Readings:
Acts 8:5-17; John 6:27-33

Readings in bold type are those appointed by the Typikon for use at the Liturgy

Acts 8:5-17
Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. The crowds were paying heed to what was said by Philip, united in their listening and watching the signs he was performing – because unclean spirits, shouting with a great cry, were coming out of many who were possessed, and many who had been paralysed and unable to walk were healed; and there was great joy in that city. But there was one man, Simon by name, who had previously bewitched the people of Samaria using sorcery, claiming to be someone great. They all had regard for him, from the least to the greatest, saying, “This man is the great power of God.” They heeded him because for a long time he had amazed them with his sorceries. But when they believed Philip’s proclamation of the Gospel, the things concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptised – both men and women. Simon himself also believed, and after being baptised he stuck closely to Philip. Then, seeing miracles and signs taking place, he was astounded. The Apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God and sent Peter and John to them. When they came down they prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit, for as yet he had fallen on none of them, but they had only been baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.

John 6:27-33
The Lord said to the crowd … “Do not labour for food which perishes, but for the food which endures for life everlasting which the Son of Man will give to you, for he it is whom God the Father has sealed.” So they said to him, “What should we do to be doing the works of God?” Jesus replied and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” Then they said to him, “So what sign do you give – for us to see and believe in you? What are you accomplishing? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness. As it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I tell you that Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which is coming down from heaven and is giving life to the world.”