11, Babah 1734 (Saturday, 21 October 2017)

Vespers

Psalm

Psalms 110:4, 7

4The Lord has sworn And will not relent, You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek.
7Therefore He shall lift up the head.

Gospel

Matthew 16:13-19

13When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?14So they said, Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.15He said to them, But who do you say that I am?16Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.17Jesus answered and said to him, Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.18And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.19And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

Matins

Psalm

Psalms 73:23-24, 28, 14

23You hold me by my right hand.24You will guide me with Your counsel, And afterward receive me to glory.
28But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God
14That I may tell of all Your praise In the gates of the daughter of Zion.

Gospel

John 15:17-25

17These things I command you, that you love one another.18If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.19If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.20Remember the word that I said to you, `A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.21But all these things they will do to you for My name's sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.22If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.23He who hates Me hates My Father also.24If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father.25But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, `They hated Me without a cause.'

Liturgy

Pauline

2 Corinthians 4:5 - 5:11

5For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus' sake.6For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.7But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.8We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;9persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed--10always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.11For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus' sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.12So then death is working in us, but life in you.13And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, I believed and therefore I spoke, we also believe and therefore speak,14knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you.15For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.16Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.17For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,18while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.1For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.2For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven,3if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked.4For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life.5Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.6So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord.7For we walk by faith, not by sight.8We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.9Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.10For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.11Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences.

Catholic

1 Peter 2:18 - 3:7

18Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh.19For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully.20For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God.21For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:22Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth;23who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously;24who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness--by whose stripes you were healed.25For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.1Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives,2when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear.3Do not let your adornment be merely outward--arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel--4rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.5For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands,6as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror.7Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.

Acts

Acts 20:17-38

17From Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called for the elders of the church.18And when they had come to him, he said to them: You know, from the first day that I came to Asia, in what manner I always lived among you,19serving the Lord with all humility, with many tears and trials which happened to me by the plotting of the Jews;20how I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house,21testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.22And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there,23except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me.24But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.25And indeed, now I know that you all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, will see my face no more.26Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men.27For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God.28Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.29For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock.30Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves.31Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.32So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.33I have coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel.34Yes, you yourselves know that these hands have provided for my necessities, and for those who were with me.35I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, `It is more blessed to give than to receive.'36And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all.37Then they all wept freely, and fell on Paul's neck and kissed him,38sorrowing most of all for the words which he spoke, that they would see his face no more. And they accompanied him to the ship.

Psalm

Psalms 107:32, 41-42

32Let them exalt Him also in the assembly of the people, And praise Him in the company of the elders.
41And makes their families like a flock.42The righteous see it and rejoice

Gospel

John 10:1-16

1Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.2But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.3To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.4And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.5Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.6Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them.7Then Jesus said to them again, Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.8All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.9I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.10The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.11I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.12But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them.13The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep.14I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.15As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.16And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.