12, Toubah 1734 (Saturday, 20 January 2018)

Vespers

Psalm

Psalms 42:1, 6

1As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God.
6Therefore I will remember You from the land of the Jordan

Gospel

Luke 3:21-22

21When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened.22And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.

Matins

Psalm

Psalms 34:11, 5

11Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
5They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces were not ashamed.

Gospel

Matthew 3:13-17

13Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him.14And John tried to prevent Him, saying, I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?15But Jesus answered and said to him, Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he allowed Him.16When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.17And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

Liturgy

Pauline

Ephesians 1:1-14

1Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus:2Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,4just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,5having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,6to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved.7In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace8which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,9having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself,10that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth--in Him.11In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,12that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.13In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,14who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

Catholic

1 Peter 3:15-22

15and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;16having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.17For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.18For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,19by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison,20who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.21There is also an antitype which now saves us--baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,22who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.

Acts

Acts 8:26-39

26Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza. This is desert.27So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship,28was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet.29Then the Spirit said to Philip, Go near and overtake this chariot.30So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, Do you understand what you are reading?31And he said, How can I, unless someone guides me? And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him.32The place in the Scripture which he read was this: He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; And as a lamb before its shearer is silent, So He opened not His mouth.33In His humiliation His justice was taken away, And who will declare His generation? For His life is taken from the earth.34So the eunuch answered Philip and said, I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?35Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him.36Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?37Then Philip said, If you believe with all your heart, you may. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.38So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.39Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing.

Psalm

Psalms 104:1-2

1Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, You are very great: You are clothed with honor and majesty,2Who cover Yourself with light as with a garment

Gospel

John 1:35-51

35Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples.36And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, Behold the Lamb of God!37The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.38Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, What do you seek? They said to Him, Rabbi (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), where are You staying?39He said to them, Come and see. They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day (now it was about the tenth hour).40One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother.41He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, We have found the Messiah (which is translated, the Christ).42And he brought him to Jesus. Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas (which is translated, A Stone).43The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, Follow Me.44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.45Philip found Nathanael and said to him, We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote--Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.46And Nathanael said to him, Can anything good come out of Nazareth? Philip said to him, Come and see.47Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!48Nathanael said to Him, How do You know me? Jesus answered and said to him, Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.49Nathanael answered and said to Him, Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!50Jesus answered and said to him, Because I said to you, `I saw you under the fig tree,' do you believe? You will see greater things than these.51And He said to him, Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.