Monday, December 13, 2021
St. Minas, Patriarch of Alexandria,
St. Hermogenes, martyr,
St. Eugraphus, martyr,
Sts. John and Alexis the Poor,
 The fear of the LORD is instruction in wisdom,
and humility goes before honor.
 The plans of the mind belong to man,
but the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.
 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,
but the LORD weighs the spirit.
 Commit your work to the LORD,
and your plans will be established.
 The LORD has made everything for its purpose,
even the wicked for the day of trouble.
 Every one who is arrogant is an abomination to the LORD;
be assured, he will not go unpunished.
 By loyalty and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for,
and by the fear of the LORD a man avoids evil.
 When a man’s ways please the LORD,
he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
 At that time gifts will be brought to the LORD of hosts
from a people tall and smooth,
from a people feared near and far,
a nation mighty and conquering,
whose land the rivers divide,
to Mount Zion, the place of the name of the LORD of hosts.
 Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you stand firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,
 and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear omen to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God.
 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake,
 engaged in the same conflict which you saw and now hear to be mine.
 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any incentive of love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy,
 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
 Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves.
 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
 He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;
 and he who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for my sake will find it.
 “He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives him who sent me.
 He who receives a prophet because he is a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward, and he who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.
 And whoever gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.”
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