Monday, December 21, 2020
Sts. Abraham and Khoren, priests of Armenia,
The moneyless physicians, Sts. Cosmas and Damien
II Timothy 3:10-15
 But the righteous live for ever,
and their reward is with the Lord;
the Most High takes care of them.
 Therefore they will receive a glorious crown
and a beautiful diadem from the hand of the Lord,
because with his right hand he will cover them,
and with his arm he will shield them.
 The Lord will take his zeal as his whole armor,
and will arm all creation to repel his enemies;
 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases,
his mercies never come to an end;
 they are new every morning;
great is thy faithfulness.
 “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
 The LORD is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul that seeks him.
 It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the LORD.
 It is good for a man that he bear
the yoke in his youth.
 Let him sit alone in silence
when he has laid it on him;
 let him put his mouth in the dust —
there may yet be hope;
 let him give his cheek to the smiter,
and be filled with insults.
 For the Lord will not
cast off for ever,
 but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion
according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
 for he does not willingly afflict
or grieve the sons of men.
 To crush under foot
all the prisoners of the earth,
 to turn aside the right of a man
in the presence of the Most High,
 to subvert a man in his cause,
the Lord does not approve.
 Who has commanded and it came to pass,
unless the Lord has ordained it?
 Is it not from the mouth of the Most High
that good and evil come?
 Why should a living man complain,
a man, about the punishment of his sins?
 Let us test and examine our ways,
and return to the LORD!
 Let us lift up our hearts and hands
to God in heaven:
 “We have transgressed and rebelled,
and thou hast not forgiven.
 “Thou hast wrapped thyself with anger and pursued us,
slaying without pity;
 thou hast wrapped thyself with a cloud
so that no prayer can pass through.
 Thou hast made us offscouring and refuse
among the peoples.
 “All our enemies
rail against us;
 panic and pitfall have come upon us,
devastation and destruction;
 my eyes flow with rivers of tears
because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.
 “My eyes will flow without ceasing,
 until the LORD from heaven
looks down and sees;
 my eyes cause me grief
at the fate of all the maidens of my city.
 “I have been hunted like a bird
by those who were my enemies without cause;
 they flung me alive into the pit
and cast stones on me;
 water closed over my head;
I said, `I am lost.’
 “I called on thy name, O LORD,
from the depths of the pit;
 thou didst hear my plea, `Do not close
thine ear to my cry for help!’
II Timothy 3:10-15
 Now you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness,
 my persecutions, my sufferings, what befell me at Antioch, at Ico’nium, and at Lystra, what persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me.
 Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,
 while evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived.
 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it
 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
 “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
 Sell your possessions, and give alms; provide yourselves with purses that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.
 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
 “Let your loins be girded and your lamps burning,
 and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the marriage feast, so that they may open to him at once when he comes and knocks.
 Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes; truly, I say to you, he will gird himself and have them sit at table, and he will come and serve them.
 If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them so, blessed are those servants!
 But know this, that if the householder had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into.
 You also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an unexpected hour.”
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