15, Abib 1733 (Saturday, 22 July 2017)

Vespers

Psalm

Psalms 40:2-3

2And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps.3He has put a new song in my mouth--Praise to our God

Gospel

Matthew 7:22-25

22Many will say to Me in that day, `Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?'23And then I will declare to them, `I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'24Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:25and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

Matins

Psalm

Psalms 89:24, 19

24But My faithfulness and My mercy shall be with him, And in My name his horn shall be exalted.
19Then You spoke in a vision to Your holy one, And said: I have given help to one who is mighty

Gospel

Luke 13:23-30

23Then one said to Him, Lord, are there few who are saved? And He said to them,24Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.25When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, `Lord, Lord, open for us,' and He will answer and say to you, `I do not know you, where you are from,'26then you will begin to say, `We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.'27But He will say, `I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.'28There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out.29They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit down in the kingdom of God.30And indeed there are last who will be first, and there are first who will be last.

Liturgy

Pauline

1 Corinthians 3:1-8

1And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ.2I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able;3for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?4For when one says, I am of Paul, and another, I am of Apollos, are you not carnal?5Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one?6I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.7So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.8Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.

Catholic

2 Peter 1:1-11

1Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:2Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,3as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,4by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.5But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,6to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness,7to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.8For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.9For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.10Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble;11for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Acts

Acts 15:13-29

13And after they had become silent, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, listen to me:14Simon has declared how God at the first visited the Gentiles to take out of them a people for His name.15And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written:16`After this I will return And will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins, And I will set it up;17So that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, Even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, Says the Lord who does all these things.'18Known to God from eternity are all His works.19Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among the Gentiles who are turning to God,20but that we write to them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from things strangled, and from blood.21For Moses has had throughout many generations those who preach him in every city, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath.22Then it pleased the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas, namely, Judas who was also named Barsabas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren.23They wrote this letter by them: The apostles, the elders, and the brethren, To the brethren who are of the Gentiles in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia: Greetings.24Since we have heard that some who went out from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your souls, saying, You must be circumcised and keep the law--to whom we gave no such commandment--25it seemed good to us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,26men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.27We have therefore sent Judas and Silas, who will also report the same things by word of mouth.28For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things:29that you abstain from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.

Psalm

Psalms 61:1, 2-3

1Hear my cry, O God; Attend to my prayer.
2Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.3For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy.

Gospel

Luke 14:25-35

25Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them,26If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.27And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.28For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it--29lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him,30saying, `This man began to build and was not able to finish.'31Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?32Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace.33So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.34Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned?35It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!