Friday, December 31, 2021
Second Day of the Fast of Nativity
 We have an altar from which those who serve the tent have no right to eat.
 For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest as a sacrifice for sin are burned outside the camp.
 So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood.
 Therefore let us go forth to him outside the camp and bear the abuse he endured.
 For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city which is to come.
 Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.
 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
 “But take heed to yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a snare;
 for it will come upon all who dwell upon the face of the whole earth.
 But watch at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of man.”
 And every day he was teaching in the temple, but at night he went out and lodged on the mount called Olivet.
 And early in the morning all the people came to him in the temple to hear him.
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