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SEPTEMBER

1st. Beginning of the Indiction [‘New Year’]. Saint Symeon Stylites.

71. The Reading is from the Prophecy of Isaias.
[61,1-10]

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me. He has sent me to preach good tidings to the poor, to heal the broken-hearted, to proclaim forgiveness to prisoners and sight to the blind; to declare an acceptable year of the Lord, and a day of recompense for our God; to comfort all who mourn, that there be given to those who mourn Sion, glory instead of ashes, an anointing of joy for those who mourn, clothing of glory instead of a spirit of listlessness; and they shall be called a generation of righteousness, a plant of the Lord for glory. And they will rebuild everlasting  deserts, those formerly quite deserted; they will raise up and renew deserted cities, deserted from generation to generation. And strangers will come shepherding your flocks, and foreigners shall be your ploughmen and vinedressers. But you will be called Priests of the Lord, ministers of our God. You will be told, ‘Eat the strength of nations’, and in their wealth you will be marvelled at; instead of your double shame and instead of humiliation their portion will rejoice. Therefore they will inherit their land a second time, and everlasting joy shall be upon their head. For I am the Lord, who loves righteousness and hates robberies from injustice; and I shall give their calf to the righteous, and I shall make an everlasting testament with them. And their seed will be known among the nations, and their offspring in the midst of the peoples, because they are a seed blessed for ever by God, and with joy they will rejoice in the Lord.

72. The reading is from Leviticus
[26:3-12, 14-17, 19-20, 22, 33, 23-25][1]

The Lord spoke to the children of Israel saying, ‘If you walk in my ordinances and keep my commandments and do them, I will give you rain in its season and the earth will give its produce and the trees of the plains their fruit. Your threshing time will overtake the vintage, and the vintage will overtake the sowing. You will eat your bread to the full and dwell in safety on your land; and no one shall make you afraid. And I will destroy the evil wild beasts from your lands, and war shall not pass through your land, and enemies will fall before you. Five of you will pursue a hundred and a hundred of you will pursue tens of thousands. And I will look upon you and bless you and make you increase and multiply and I will establish my covenant with you. And you will eat what is old and very old, and bring out the old to make way for the new. And my soul will not abhor you, and I will walk among you, and I will be your God and you shall be my people. But if you will not listen to me, nor observe these ordinances of mine, but disobey them, and if your soul loathes my judgements, so that you do not keep all my commandments, I in turn will treat you like this: I will bring distress upon you, and you will sow your seed in vain and your enemies will devour your labours. And I will set my face against you and you will fall before your foes and they will pursue you and you will flee though no one pursues you; and I will smash the arrogance of your pride. And I will make the heaven like iron for you and your earth like solid bronze. And your strength will be in vain and your land will not give its fruit, and the trees of the field will not give their fruit. And I will send the wild beasts of the earth against you, and they will consume your cattle, and the sword will come against you and make you few in number. And your land will be desert and your farms will be desert; because you have walked against me crook­edly, and I will walk against you with crooked rage, says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel’.

Reading 27.

1st. Office for the Environment.

The Reading is from the Prophecy of Isaias.
[63:15-64:5a, 8-9]

Look down, Lord, from heaven and see, from your holy house and your glory. Where is the abundance of your mercy and of your acts of pity, that you have withheld yourself from us? For you are our Father, because Abraham has not known us, nor Israel acknowledged us. But do you, Lord, our Father, deliver us; from the beginning your name is upon us. Why have you made us wander from your way, Lord? Why have you hardened our hearts not to fear you? Return for the sake of your servants, for the sake of the tribes that are your heritage, that in a little while we may inherit your holy mountain[2]. Our enemies have trampled down your sanctuary, we have become as at the beginning when you did not rule over us, nor had your name been invoked upon us. If you open the heaven, trembling from you will seize the mountains and they will melt as wax melts before the fire, and fire will burn up your adversaries, and your name will be manifest among your adversaries; nations will be troubled at your presence. When you do glorious deeds, trembling from you will seize the mountains. From eternity we have not heard, nor have our eyes seen any God but you. And your works are true, and you will perform mercy for those who wait for you. For mercy will meet with those who do right and remember your ways. And now, Lord, you are our Father, while we are clay and you are our Fashioner. We are all the work of your hands. Do not be exceedingly angry with us, Lord, and do not remember our sins for ever. And now, look upon us, Lord, because we are all your people.

The Reading is from the Prophecy of Jeremias.
[2:1-12]

Thus says the Lord, ‘I have remembered the mercy of your youth and the love of your marriage, of your following the Holy One of Israel’, says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel. ‘The beginning of his produce was for the Lord. All those who devoured him will offend and evils will come upon them’, says the Lord. Hear the word of the Lord, house of Jacob, and every family of the house of Israel. Thus says the Lord, ‘What offence did your fathers find in me, that they revolted far from me and went after vanities and became vain? And they did not say, “Where is the Lord who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, who guided us in the wilderness, in a boundless and trackless land, in a land without water or fruit, and in the shadow of death, in a land through which no man had passed, nor had any son of man dwelt there?” And I led you to Carmel to eat its fruits and its good things; and you went in and you defiled my land and made my inheritance an abomination. The priests did not say “Where is the Lord?” And those who cling to the law did not know me, and the shepherds acted impiously towards me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal and went after that which does not profit. Therefore I will be brought to trial before you again, says the Lord, and I will be brought to trial before your children’s children. Cross to the islands of the Kittim and look, and to Kedar and send and observe carefully; and see if such things have been done; if the nations will change their gods, though they are no gods. But my people have changed their glory for something from which they will gain nothing. Heaven was amazed at this and trembled exceedingly’, says the Lord.

8th. Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary. [See 25 March]

13th. Dedication of the Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem.

Reading 28.

73. The Reading is from Proverbs.
[3: 19-34]

With wisdom God founded the earth. He prepared the heavens with understanding. With his knowledge the deeps were broken open and the clouds poured down dew. My son, keep my counsel and my thought, do not pour them away, that your soul may live and grace be around your neck; and there shall be health for your flesh and safety for your bones; that with confidence you may walk all your ways in peace, and your foot may not stumble. For if you sit down, you shall be unafraid; if you slumber, you shall have sweet sleep; you shall not fear alarm coming upon you, nor the assaults of the impious; for the Lord shall be over all your ways and shall support your feet, so that you are not snared. Do not hold back from doing good to the needy, whenever your hand is able to help. Do not say, ‘Come back again sometime’, and ‘Tomorrow I shall give’: when you are able, do good, for you do not know what the coming day will bring forth. Do not devise evils for your friend who lives near you and trusts you. Do not quarrel with someone needlessly, lest they devise some evil against you. Do not gain the reproaches of wicked men, nor covet their ways; for every transgressor is unclean before the Lord, he does not take his seat among the just. The Lord’s curse is on the houses of the ungodly, but the dwellings of the just are blessed. The Lord opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.

74. The Reading is from Proverbs.
[9:1-11]

Wisdom has built herself a house and set up seven pillars. She has slaughtered her beasts, mixed the wine in her mixing bowl and prepared her table. She has sent out her servants, inviting with a loud proclamation to her banquet saying, ‘Whoever is foolish, let him turn in here to me,’ and to those lacking understanding she said, ‘Come, eat my bread, drink the wine I have mixed for you. Abandon folly and you will live; seek sagacity that you may have life, and correct understanding with knowledge. He who reproves wicked men will receives from them dishonour; he who rebukes the impious will shame himself. For to the impious rebukes are bruises. Do not rebuke the wicked, lest they hate you: rebuke a wise man and he will love you. Give a wise man an opportunity, and he will become wiser; instruct a just man and he will continue to receive. The beginning of wisdom is fear of the Lord; and the counsel of saints, understanding; knowing the law is the mark of a right mind. For by this means you will live a long time, and years will be added to your life.’

14th. The Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross.

Reading 14.

75. The Reading is from the Prophecy of Isaias
[60:11-16]

Thus says the Lord, ‘Your gates, Jerusalem, shall be open continually; day and night they shall not be shut; that men may bring to you the power of nations, with their kings led in procession. For the nation and kings that will not serve you shall perish; the nations shall be utterly laid waste. The glory of Lebanon shall come to you, with cypress, pine, and cedar, to glorify my holy place; and I will make the place of my feet glorious. The sons of those who oppressed you and troubled you shall come to you in fear; you shall be called “City of the Lord, Sion of the Holy One of Israel”. Whereas you have been forsaken and hated, with no one to help, I will make you a joy for ever, a gladness from generation to generation. You shall suck the milk of nations, eat the wealth of kings; and you shall know that I, the Lord, am your Saviour and the God of Israel your Redeemer.’

76. The Reading is from Proverbs
[3:11-18]

My son, do not treat lightly the Lord’s discipline, nor give up when you are rebuked by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves; scourges every child he receives. Blessed the man who has found wisdom, every mortal who knows prudence. For it is better to trade for her than for treasures of gold and silver. She is more precious than valuable stones; nothing evil will withstand her; she is well known to all who draw near her, nothing precious is worthy of her, for length of life and years of life are in her right hand, while in her left are wealth and glory. Justice comes  from her mouth; she carries law and mercy on her tongue. Her ways are good ways and all her paths are in peace. She is a tree of life to all who lay hold of her, and to those who lean hard upon her as upon the Lord she is safe.

25th. St Sergius Abbot and Wonderworker of Radonezh. [As on May 9th]

26th. Dormition of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian, Beloved Disciple and Bosom Friend of Christ. [See 8 May]

OCTOBER

1st /28th.  The Protecting Veil of Our Most Holy Lady Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary. [See 8 September][3].

77. The Reading is from Numbers.
[9:15-23]

On the day that the tabernacle was set up, the cloud covered the tabernacle, the house of the testimony. And at evening it was over the tabernacle like the appearance of fire until morning. So it was continually. The cloud covered it by day, and the appearance of fire by night. And whenever the cloud went up from the tent, after that the people of Israel set out. And in the place where the cloud stopped, there the people of Israel encamped. At the command of the Lord the people of Israel encamped, and at the command of the Lord they set out. ‘For as many days as the cloud overshadows the tabernacle, the children of Israel will remain in camp. Even when the cloud has continued over the tabernacle many days, the children of Israel will keep the charge of the Lord, and they are not to set out. And it shall that whenever the cloud covers the tabernacle for a number of days, in accordance with the word of the Lord they will remain in camp, and in accordance with the command of the Lord they will set out. And it shall be that whenever the cloud remains from evening until morning; and that the cloud goes up in the morning, they will set out by day or by night. When the cloud overshadows it for a month, or longer, the children of Israel shall remain in camp and not set out. Because they will set out at the command of the Lord’. They kept the charge of the Lord, at the command of the Lord by Moses.

78. The Reading is from Exodus.
[40:15-32]

And it came to pass in the first month in the second year since the children of Israel had set out from Egypt, at the new moon the tabernacle was erected. And Moses erected the tabernacle; he laid its capitals, put in its bars, and raised up its pillars. And he spread the curtains over the tabernacle, and put the covering of the tabernacle over it, as the Lord had commanded Moses. And he took the testimonies and put them into the ark, and put the poles under the ark, and put the covering of the veil on it and covered the ark of testimony, as the Lord had commanded Moses. And he put the table in the tabernacle of testimony, on the north side, outside the veil of the tabernacle. And he set the bread of the on it before the Lord; as the Lord had commanded Moses. And he put the lampstand in the tabernacle of testimony, on the south side of the tabernacle, and set up its lamps before the Lord; as the Lord had commanded Moses. And he put the golden altar in the tabernacle of testimony before the veil, and on it he burnt incense that had been compounded; as the Lord had commanded Moses. And he set the altar of burnt offering at the door of the tabernacle. And he set the court round the tabernacle of testimony. So Moses finished the whole work. Then the cloud covered the tabernacle of testimony, and the tabernacle was filled with the glory of the Lord. And Moses was not able to enter the tabernacle of testimony because the cloud overshadowed it, and the tabernacle was filled with the glory of the Lord. Whenever the cloud went up from the tabernacle, the children of Israel would move off with their baggage. but if the cloud did not go up, then they did not move off until the day that the cloud did go up. For the cloud was on the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all Israel at every stage of their journey.

See Reading 39 above.

6th. Holy Apostle Thomas.

79. The Reading is from the First Universal Epistle of John.
[1:1-7]

Beloved, that which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked on and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life—and the life was made manifest, and we saw it, and testify to it, and proclaim to you the eternal life which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have communion with us. And our communion is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing this that our joy may be complete. This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have communion with him and walk in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have communion with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

Reading 41.

80. The Reading is from the Universal Epistle of Jude.
[1:1-7.17-25]

Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James, To those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ: May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.  Beloved, being very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people, who were long ago designated for this condemnation, have intruded, ungodly persons who pervert the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. Now I wish to remind you, though you were once for all fully informed, that the Lord who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, later destroyed those who did not believe.  And the angels that did not keep their own position but left their proper dwelling have been kept by him in eternal chains in gloom until the judgement of the great day; just as Sodom and Gomorra and the surrounding cities, which likewise practised sexual immorality and indulged in unnatural lust, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire. Beloved, remember, the words spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; they said to you, ‘In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.’  It is these who set up divisions, living according to nature, devoid of the Spirit. But you, beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. Have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; on others have mercy with fear, hating even the tunic spotted by the flesh. Now to him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you without blemish before the presence of his glory with rejoicing,  to the only God, our Saviour through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, might, and authority, before all time and now and for all the ages. Amen.

9th. Holy Apostle James, son of Alphaios. [See October 6th]

13th-20th. Sunday of the Fathers. [See July 13th]

18th. Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke. [See October 6th]

19th. Saint John of Kronstadt.

The Reading is from the Prophet Joel[4]
[2:12-27]

Thus says the Lord, Even now, return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments. Return to the Lord, your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to anger, and full of mercy, and repents of evil. Who knows whether he will not return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him, a sacrifice and a libation for the Lord, your God? Sound the trumpet in Sion; sanctify a fast; proclaim healing, assemble the people; sanctify the congregation; choose elders; assemble the infants that suck at the breast. Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her chamber. Between the porch and the altar the priests, the ministers of the Lord, shall weep and say, ‘Spare your people, Lord, and do not make your heritage a reproach, for the nations to rule over them, lest they say among the nations, “Where is their God?”’ Then the Lord became jealous for his land, and spared his people. The Lord answered and said to his people, ‘See, I am sending to you wheat, wine, and oil, and you will be filled; and I will no more make you a reproach among the nations. I will drive the Northerner away from you, and banish him into a waterless land. I will make his face disappear his into the first sea, and his back into the final sea; and his rottenness will rise and his foul smell will rise, for he has done great things. Take courage, O land; rejoice and be glad, for the Lord has done great things! Take courage, you beasts of the field, for the plains of the wilderness have sprouted; the tree has borne its fruit, fig tree and vine have given their strength. Rejoice, children of Sion, and be glad in the Lord, your God; for he has given you food for justice, he will poured down the early and the latter rain as before. The threshing floors shall be full of grain, the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. I will restore to you the years which the locust has eaten, the caterpillar, the worm, and the canker, my great power, which I sent against you. You shall eat in plenty and be filled, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame. You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I, the Lord, am your God and there is none but me. And my people shall never again be put to shame.

The Reading is from the Prophet Joel.
[2:28-32]

Thus says the Lord: You shall know that I the Lord your God am in the midst of Israel, and there is none beside me, and my people shall no longer be ashamed for ever. And it shall be after these things that I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters will prophesy and your elders will dream dreams and your youths see visions. And upon my servants and my maid servants I shall pour out of my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy; and I shall show wonders in the heaven above and signs in the earth beneath, blood and fire and the vapour of smoke; the sun will be transformed to darkness and the moon to blood, before the great and manifest day of the Lord comes; and it shall be that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

Reading 46.

26th. Holy Glorious Great Martyr Demetrios Myrovlitis of Thessalonika.

81. The Reading is from the Prophecy of Isaias.
[63:15-19 & 64:1-5 and selection]

Look down from heaven, Lord, and see from your holy house and your glory. Where is the multitude of your mercy and your pity, that you keep back from us, O Lord? For you are our Father, though Abraham did not know us, though Israel did not ackno­wledge us; but you are our Father, deliver us. From the beginning your name is upon us. Why have you made us wander from your way, Lord? Why have you hardened our hearts not to fear you? Turn back for the sake of your servants, for the tribes of your inheritance, that we may inherit a small part of your holy mountain. Our enemies have trampled down your sanctuary. We have become as at the beginning, when you did not know us, when your name had not been invoked upon us. If you open the heaven, trembling will take hold upon mountains from you, and they will melt as wax melts before the fire; and fire will burn up your enemies, and your name will be manifest to your enemies; before your face nations will be troubled. When you do glorious things trembling from you will seize mountains. From eternity we have not heard, nor have we seen a God save you; and your works are true, and you do mercy to those who wait on you. For mercy will meet those who act justly, and they will be mind­ful of your ways. And now, Lord, your are our Father, while we are your clay and you are our Fashioner; we are all the works of your hands; do not be very angry with us, Lord, and do not remember our sins in season. And now look upon, Lord, for we are all your people.

82. The Reading is from the Prophecy of Jeremias.
[2:1-12]

Thus says the Lord: I have remem­bered the mercy of your youth and the love of your marriage, in your following the Holy One of Israel, says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel. For the Lord the first of his produce. All that devour him shall offend; evils will come upon them, says the Lord. Hear the word of the Lord, house of Jacob and all the fam­ily of the house of Israel. Thus says the Lord: What offence did your fathers find in me, that they rebelled far from me and went after vanities and became vain? Nor did they say: Where is the Lord, who brought us up from Egypt, who guided us in the wilderness, in a vast and trackless land, in a waterless and fruitless land, and in the shadow of death? In a land in which no man had ever journeyed, nor had any human dwelt there? And I led you into Car­mel, to eat its fruits and its good things. And you entered and defiled my land, and you turned my inherit­ance into an abomination. Your priests did not say: Where is the Lord? And those who stood by the law did not know me, and the shepherds sinned against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal and went after what is profitless. Therefore I will dispute with you again, says the Lord, and I will dispute with your child­ren’s children. Pass through the isles of the Kittim and see; send to Kedar and observe closely, and see if such things have been done; if the nations will change their gods - and they are not gods. But my people has changed their glory for that from which they get no profit. Heaven is amazed at this and shudders greatly with horror, says the Lord.

Reading 25.

NOVEMBER

8th. Assembly of the Archangel Michael and Gabriel and the other Bodiless Powers.

83. The Reading is from Judges.
[6, 6.11-24]

It came to pass in that day that Madiam prevailed against the children of Israel, and they cried to God. And behold, the Angel of the Lord came and sat under the oak of Joas in Ephrata, and Gedeon his son was threshing wheat in the wine-press, and hastening to escape from the presence of Madiam. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, ‘The Lord is with you, powerful in strength.’ And Gedeon said to him, ‘In me, my Lord; and if the Lord is with us, why have all these evils come upon us? And where are all his wonders, of which our fathers told us, saying, “Did not the Lord lead us up out of Egypt?” And now He has abandoned us, and handed us over to the hand of Madiam.’ And the Angel of the Lord looked on him and said to him, ‘Go in this strength of yours and you will save Israel from the hand of Madiam. See, I have sent you.’ And Gedeon said to him, ‘In me, Lord. How shall I save Israel? See, my thousand is the humblest in Manasse, and I am the smallest in my father’s house.’ And the Angel of the Lord said to him, ‘The Lord will be with you, and you will smite Madiam as one man.’ And Gedeon said to him, ‘If I have found grace in your eyes, and you do for me to-day everything about which you have spoken with me, do not, pray, leave here until I come to you, and I shall bring my sacrifice and sacrifice before you.’ And he said, ‘I am, I shall sit here until you return.’ And Gedeon went and prepared a goat kid and an iphi of unleavened flour, and he put the meat in a basket and the broth he put in a pot and brought them to him under the oak, and approached. And the Angel of the Lord said to him, ‘Take the meat and the unleavened loaves and put them on that rock and pour out the broth next it.’ And he did so. And the Angel of the Lord stretched out the tip of the rod in his hand and touched the meat and the unleavened loaves; and fire was kindled from the rock and it devoured the meat and the unleavened loaves; and the Angel of the Lord disappeared from his sight. And Gedeon saw that it was the Angel of the Lord, and Gedeon said, ‘Alas Lord, Lord! Because I have seen the Angel of the Lord face to face. And the Lord said to him: ‘Peace to you, do not be afraid, you shall not die.’ And Gedeon built there an altar to the Lord, and called it peace of the Lord until this day.

84. The Reading is from the Prophecy of Daniel.
[10, 1-21]

In the third year of Cyrus, king of the Persians, a word was revealed to Daniel, whose name was called Baltasar; and the word was true and a mighty power, and understanding was given him in a vision. In those days, I Daniel had been mourning for three weeks of days. And desiring bread, I did not eat, and meat and wine did not enter my mouth, I did not anoint myself with oil until the completion of the three weeks of days. And on the twenty fourth of the first month in the third year, I was near the great river, that is the Tigris. And I raised my eyes and looked, and behold a man, clothed in linen, his loins girt with gold of Ophaz; and his body was as Tharsis, and his face like the sight of lightning, and his eyes like lamps of fire, and his arms and legs like the sight of gleaming bronze, and the sound of his words was as the sound of a crowd. And I Daniel alone saw the vision, and the men who were with me saw nothing; but great amazement fell on them and they fled in fear. And I was left alone, and I saw this great vision, and no strength was left in me, and my glory was turned to corruption, and I retained no strength. And I heard the sound of his words; and when I heard the sound of his words I was stunned with my face to the ground. And behold a hand was touching me and raised me to my knees and the knuckles of my hands. And he said to me, ‘Daniel, man of desires, understand by the words which I speak to you, and stand upright, because I have been sent to you’; and when he had spoken this word to me I arose trembling. And he said to me, ‘Daniel, do not be afraid, because from the first day that you gave your heart to understand and to be afflicted before the Lord your God, your words were heard, and I have come through your words. And the Ruler of the kingdom of the Persians resisted me for twenty one days; and behold Michael one of the chief Rulers came to help me, and I left him there with the Ruler of the kingdom of the Persians. And I have come to make you understand all that will happen to your people in the last days; because the vision is yet for days ahead.’ And when he spoke to me in these words, I put my face to the ground and was stunned. And behold as the likeness of a son of man touched my lips; and I opened my mouth, and spoke and said to him who stood in front of me, ‘Lord, at the sight of you, my inward parts were turned within me, and I had no strength. And how will your servant, Lord, be able to speak with this my Lord? And from now on strength will not remain in me, and breath has not been left in me.’ And once again there touched me as it were the appearance of a man, and he strengthened me and said to me, ‘Do not be afraid, man of desires, peace be with you; be a man and be strong.’ And when he had spoken with me I grew strong and said: ‘Let my Lord speak to me, for you have given me strength.’ And he said, ‘Do you know why I have come to you? And now I shall return to make war on the Ruler of the Persians; and as I was going in the Ruler of the Greeks came. But I shall tell you what is ordained in the scripture of truth, and there is not one that upholds me against these, but Michael your Ruler.

13th. Our Father among the Saints John Chrysostom,
Archbishop of Constantinople.
[As on January 25th]

16th. Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew. [As on June 29th]

21st. The Entry of the Most Holy Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary. [As on March 25th]

30th. Holy Apostle Andrew the First-called. [As on June 29th]



[1] The text in the Menaion for the 1st of September gives the reference simply as 26:3-10 and selection. The reading epavleis, ‘farmsteads’, for the LXX poleis, ‘cities’, in the last verse is interesting. It is the word used at 25:31 for ‘villages’ that are described as ‘unwalled’.

[2] The LXX differs noticeably from the Hebrew here. The Greek could also mean ‘inherit a little of your holy mountain’, but in the Hebrew the word for ‘little’ here refers to time. The Sinaiticus, however adds ‘something’ to ‘little’, which suggests that the scribe understood the phrase as ‘a little of’.

[3] The three alternative readings that follow are those given in the modern Greek office by the late Fr Gerasimos.

[4] For the problems concerning these readings see the Introduction.

 

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