Thursday, December 17, 2020
Sts. Indus and Domna,
Sts. Clericus the Priest and the 20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia
I Peter 4:12-19
 But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,
and no torment will ever touch them.
 In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died,
and their departure was thought to be an affliction,
 and their going from us to be their destruction;
but they are at peace.
 For though in the sight of men they were punished,
their hope is full of immortality.
 Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good,
because God tested them and found them worthy of himself;
 like gold in the furnace he tried them,
and like a sacrificial burnt offering he accepted them.
 In the time of their visitation they will shine forth,
and will run like sparks through the stubble.
 They will govern nations and rule over peoples,
and the Lord will reign over them for ever.
 “Thus says the LORD:
Behold, I will restore the fortunes of the tents of Jacob,
and have compassion on his dwellings;
the city shall be rebuilt upon its mound,
and the palace shall stand where it used to be.
 Out of them shall come songs of thanksgiving,
and the voices of those who make merry.
I will multiply them, and they shall not be few;
I will make them honored, and they shall not be small.
 Their children shall be as they were of old,
and their congregation shall be established before me;
and I will punish all who oppress them.
 Their prince shall be one of themselves,
their ruler shall come forth from their midst;
I will make him draw near, and he shall approach me,
for who would dare of himself to approach me? says the LORD.
 And you shall be my people,
and I will be your God.”
I Peter 4:12-19
 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which comes upon you to prove you, as though something strange were happening to you.
 But rejoice in so far as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.
 If you are reproached for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.
 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or a wrongdoer, or a mischief-maker;
 yet if one suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but under that name let him glorify God.
 For the time has come for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?
 And “If the righteous man is scarcely saved,
where will the impious and sinner appear?”
 Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will do right and entrust their souls to a faithful Creator.
 This I command you, to love one another.
 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.
 If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
 Remember the word that I said to you, `A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also.
 But all this they will do to you on my account, because they do not know him who sent me.
 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin.
 He who hates me hates my Father also.
 If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would not have sin; but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father.
 It is to fulfil the word that is written in their law, `They hated me without a cause.’
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