Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Feast of the Annunciation to the Mother of God,
Fourth Day of Zadeeg
Song of Solomon 1:2-11
II Corinthians 6:16-7:1
Song of Solomon 1:2-11
 O that you would kiss me with the kisses of your mouth!
For your love is better than wine,
 your anointing oils are fragrant,
your name is oil poured out;
therefore the maidens love you.
 Draw me after you, let us make haste.
The king has brought me into his chambers.
We will exult and rejoice in you;
we will extol your love more than wine;
rightly do they love you.
 I am very dark, but comely,
O daughters of Jerusalem,
like the tents of Kedar,
like the curtains of Solomon.
 Do not gaze at me because I am swarthy,
because the sun has scorched me.
My mother’s sons were angry with me,
they made me keeper of the vineyards;
but, my own vineyard I have not kept!
 Tell me, you whom my soul loves,
where you pasture your flock,
where you make it lie down at noon;
for why should I be like one who wanders
beside the flocks of your companions?
 If you do not know,
O fairest among women,
follow in the tracks of the flock,
and pasture your kids
beside the shepherds’ tents.
 I compare you, my love,
to a mare of Pharaoh’s chariots.
 Your cheeks are comely with ornaments,
your neck with strings of jewels.
 We will make you ornaments of gold,
studded with silver.
 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
but lawlessness takes away lives.
 If the righteous is requited on earth,
how much more the wicked and the sinner!
 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
but he who hates reproof is stupid.
 A good man obtains favor from the LORD,
but a man of evil devices he condemns.
 A man is not established by wickedness,
but the root of the righteous will never be moved.
 A good wife is the crown of her husband,
but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones.
 How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of him who brings good tidings,
who publishes peace, who brings good tidings of good,
who publishes salvation,
who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
 Hark, your watchmen lift up their voice,
together they sing for joy;
for eye to eye they see
the return of the LORD to Zion.
 Break forth together into singing,
you waste places of Jerusalem;
for the LORD has comforted his people,
he has redeemed Jerusalem.
 The LORD has bared his holy arm
before the eyes of all the nations;
and all the ends of the earth shall see
the salvation of our God.
 Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion; for lo, I come and I will dwell in the midst of you, says the LORD.
 And many nations shall join themselves to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people; and I will dwell in the midst of you, and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you.
 And the LORD will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land, and will again choose Jerusalem.”
 Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD; for he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.
 “Behold, I send my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.
 But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears?
“For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap;
II Corinthians 6:16-7:1
 What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will live in them and move among them,
and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.
 Therefore come out from them,
and be separate from them, says the Lord,
and touch nothing unclean;
then I will welcome you,
 and I will be a father to you,
and you shall be my sons and daughters,
says the Lord Almighty.”
 Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God.
 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,
 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.
 And he came to her and said, “Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”
 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be.
 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.
 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High;
and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David,
 and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever;
and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
 And Mary said to the angel, “How shall this be, since I have no husband?”
 And the angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you;
therefore the child to be born will be called holy,
the Son of God.
 And behold, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren.
 For with God nothing will be impossible.”
 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
 Moses said, `The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet from your brethren as he raised me up. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you.
 And it shall be that every soul that does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people.’
 And all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and those who came afterwards, also proclaimed these days.
 You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant which God gave to your fathers, saying to Abraham, `And in your posterity shall all the families of the earth be blessed.’
 God, having raised up his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you in turning every one of you from your wickedness.”
 And as they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sad’ducees came upon them,
 annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.
 And they arrested them and put them in custody until the morrow, for it was already evening.
 But many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to about five thousand.
 On the morrow their rulers and elders and scribes were gathered together in Jerusalem,
 with Annas the high priest and Ca’iaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family.
 And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?”
 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders,
 if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a cripple, by what means this man has been healed,
 be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by him this man is standing before you well.
 This is the stone which was rejected by you builders, but which has become the head of the corner.
 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
 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.
 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.
 Blessed is the man who endures trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him.
 As they were saying this, Jesus himself stood among them.
 But they were startled and frightened, and supposed that they saw a spirit.
 And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do questionings rise in your hearts?
 See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself; handle me, and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones as you see that I have.”
 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emma’us, about seven miles from Jerusalem,
 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened.
 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them.
 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.
 And he said to them, “What is this conversation which you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad.
 Then one of them, named Cle’opas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
 And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people,
 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him.
 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since this happened.
 Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning
 and did not find his body; and they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive.
 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said; but him they did not see.”
 And he said to them, “O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!
 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?”
 And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He appeared to be going further,
 but they constrained him, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them.
 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them.
 And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; and he vanished out of their sight.
 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the scriptures?”
 And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven gathered together and those who were with them,
 who said, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!”
 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.
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