14, Bashans 1738 (Sunday, 22 May 2022)

Sunday of the Fourth week of the Holy Fifty Days

Vespers

Psalm

Psalms 118:1-2

1Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.2Let Israel now say, His mercy endures forever.

Gospel

John 6:57-69

57As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me.58This is the bread which came down from heaven--not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.59These things He said in the synagogue as He taught in Capernaum.60Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, This is a hard saying; who can understand it?61When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, Does this offend you?62What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before?63It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.64But there are some of you who do not believe. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him.65And He said, Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.66From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more.67Then Jesus said to the twelve, Do you also want to go away?68But Simon Peter answered Him, Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.69Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.

Matins

Psalm

Psalms 118:28, 21

28You are my God, and I will praise You; You are my God, I will exalt You.
21I will praise You, For You have answered me, And have become my salvation.

Gospel

John 8:51-59

51Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death.52Then the Jews said to Him, Now we know that You have a demon! Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and You say, `If anyone keeps My word he shall never taste death.'53Are You greater than our father Abraham, who is dead? And the prophets are dead. Whom do You make Yourself out to be?54Jesus answered, If I honor Myself, My honor is nothing. It is My Father who honors Me, of whom you say that He is your God.55Yet you have not known Him, but I know Him. And if I say, `I do not know Him,' I shall be a liar like you; but I do know Him and keep His word.56Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.57Then the Jews said to Him, You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?58Jesus said to them, Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.59Then they took up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

Liturgy

Pauline

2 Thessalonians 2:13 - 3:5

13But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth,14to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.15Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.16Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace,17comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.1Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you,2and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith.3But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.4And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, both that you do and will do the things we command you.5Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.

Catholic

1 John 4:7-13

7Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.8He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.9In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.10In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.11Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.12No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.13By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.

Acts

Acts 14:8-23

8And in Lystra a certain man without strength in his feet was sitting, a cripple from his mother's womb, who had never walked.9This man heard Paul speaking. Paul, observing him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed,10said with a loud voice, Stand up straight on your feet! And he leaped and walked.11Now when the people saw what Paul had done, they raised their voices, saying in the Lycaonian language, The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!12And Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the chief speaker.13Then the priest of Zeus, whose temple was in front of their city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, intending to sacrifice with the multitudes.14But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard this, they tore their clothes and ran in among the multitude, crying out15and saying, Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men with the same nature as you, and preach to you that you should turn from these useless things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them,16who in bygone generations allowed all nations to walk in their own ways.17Nevertheless He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.18And with these sayings they could scarcely restrain the multitudes from sacrificing to them.19Then Jews from Antioch and Iconium came there; and having persuaded the multitudes, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead.20However, when the disciples gathered around him, he rose up and went into the city. And the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.21And when they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch,22strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.23So when they had appointed elders in every church, and prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.

Psalm

Psalms 118:14-16

14The Lord is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation.15The voice of rejoicing and salvation Is in the tents of the righteous; The right hand of the Lord does valiantly.16The right hand of the Lord is exalted; The right hand of the Lord does valiantly.

Gospel

John 12:35-50

35Then Jesus said to them, A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going.36While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light. These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and was hidden from them.37But although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him,38that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke: Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?39Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again:40He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, Lest they should see with their eyes, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.41These things Isaiah said when he saw His glory and spoke of Him.42Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue;43for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.44Then Jesus cried out and said, He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me.45And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me.46I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.47And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.48He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him--the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.49For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.50And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.