Monday, August 31, 2020
St. Stephen of Ulnia (Zeytoon) and his companion-martyrs,
Sts. Goharinus of Sebastia and his brothers Zamidus, Tuchicus, and Ratigus, martyrs
 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a glad father,
but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.
 Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit,
but righteousness delivers from death.
 The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry,
but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.
 A slack hand causes poverty,
but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
 A son who gathers in summer is prudent,
but a son who sleeps in harvest brings shame.
 Blessings are on the head of the righteous,
but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
 The memory of the righteous is a blessing,
but the name of the wicked will rot.
 Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer,
who formed you from the womb:
“I am the LORD, who made all things,
who stretched out the heavens alone,
who spread out the earth — Who was with me? —
 who frustrates the omens of liars,
and makes fools of diviners;
who turns wise men back,
and makes their knowledge foolish;
 who confirms the word of his servant,
and performs the counsel of his messengers;
who says of Jerusalem, `She shall be inhabited,’
and of the cities of Judah, `They shall be built,
and I will raise up their ruins’;
 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, that no one fall by the same sort of disobedience.
 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
 And before him no creature is hidden, but all are open and laid bare to the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
 For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down his disciples came to him.
 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
 “Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you.
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