Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Sts. James the Apostle and John the Evangelist, the Sons of Thunder,
Eve of the Nativity Fast
I John 1:1-7
 I learned both what is secret and what is manifest,
 for wisdom, the fashioner of all things, taught me.
For in her there is a spirit that is intelligent, holy,
unique, manifold, subtle,
mobile, clear, unpolluted,
distinct, invulnerable, loving the good, keen,
 beneficent, humane, steadfast, sure, free from anxiety,
all-powerful, overseeing all,
and penetrating through all spirits
that are intelligent and pure and most subtle.
 For wisdom is more mobile than any motion;
because of her pureness she pervades and penetrates all things.
 “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.”
 About that time Herod the king laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church.
 He killed James the brother of John with the sword;
 and when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread.
 And when he had seized him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people.
 So Peter was kept in prison; but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church.
 The very night when Herod was about to bring him out, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison;
 and behold, an angel of the Lord appeared, and a light shone in the cell; and he struck Peter on the side and woke him, saying, “Get up quickly.” And the chains fell off his hands.
 And the angel said to him, “Dress yourself and put on your sandals.” And he did so. And he said to him, “Wrap your mantle around you and follow me.”
 And he went out and followed him; he did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.
 When they had passed the first and the second guard, they came to the iron gate leading into the city. It opened to them of its own accord, and they went out and passed on through one street; and immediately the angel left him.
 And Peter came to himself, and said, “Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting.”
 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greeting.
 Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials,
 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all men generously and without reproaching, and it will be given him.
 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
[7,8] For that person must not suppose that a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways, will receive anything from the Lord.
 Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation,
 and the rich in his humiliation, because like the flower of the grass he will pass away.
I John 1:1-7
 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life —
 the life was made manifest, and we saw it, and testify to it, and proclaim to you the eternal life which was with the Father and was made manifest to us —
 that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you may have fellowship with us; and our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.
 And we are writing this that our joy may be complete.
 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all.
 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not live according to the truth;
 but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
 Peter turned and saw following them the disciple whom Jesus loved, who had lain close to his breast at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?”
 When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?”
 Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!”
 The saying spread abroad among the brethren that this disciple was not to die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he was not to die, but, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?”
 This is the disciple who is bearing witness to these things, and who has written these things; and we know that his testimony is true.
 But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.
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