Tuesday, December 8, 2020
St. Cornelius the Centurion,
St. Simeon, martyred in Jerusalem,
St. Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna,
Saints, martyrs that perished in the East,
 Love righteousness, you rulers of the earth,
think of the Lord with uprightness,
and seek him with sincerity of heart;
 because he is found by those who do not put him to the test,
and manifests himself to those who do not distrust him.
 For perverse thoughts separate men from God,
and when his power is tested, it convicts the foolish;
 because wisdom will not enter a deceitful soul,
nor dwell in a body enslaved to sin.
 For a holy and disciplined spirit will flee from deceit,
and will rise and depart from foolish thoughts,
and will be ashamed at the approach of unrighteousness.
 For wisdom is a kindly spirit and
will not free a blasphemer from the guilt of his words;
because God is witness of his inmost feelings,
and a true observer of his heart, and a hearer of his tongue.
 Because the Spirit of the Lord has filled the world,
and that which holds all things together knows what is said;
 “Behold, I am sending for many fishers, says the LORD, and they shall catch them; and afterwards I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out of the clefts of the rocks.
 For my eyes are upon all their ways; they are not hid from me, nor is their iniquity concealed from my eyes.
 And I will doubly recompense their iniquity and their sin, because they have polluted my land with the carcasses of their detestable idols, and have filled my inheritance with their abominations.”
 O LORD, my strength and my stronghold,
my refuge in the day of trouble,
to thee shall the nations come
from the ends of the earth and say:
“Our fathers have inherited nought but lies,
worthless things in which there is no profit.
 Can man make for himself gods?
Such are no gods!”
 “Therefore, behold, I will make them know, this once I will make them know my power and my might, and they shall know that my name is the LORD.”
 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away;
 and when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James.
 All these with one accord devoted themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
 And he marveled because of their unbelief.
And he went about among the villages teaching.
 And he called to him the twelve, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits.
 He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts;
 but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics.
 And he said to them, “Where you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place.
 And if any place will not receive you and they refuse to hear you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet for a testimony against them.”
 So they went out and preached that men should repent.
 And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many that were sick and healed them.
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