Saturday, February 12, 2022
St. Sarkis the Warrior, and his son, St. Mardiros, and his Fourteen Soldiers
 Happy is the man who finds wisdom,
and the man who gets understanding,
 for the gain from it is better than gain from silver
and its profit better than gold.
 She is more precious than jewels,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.
 Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honor.
 Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
and all her paths are peace.
 Listen to me in silence, O coastlands;
let the peoples renew their strength;
let them approach, then let them speak;
let us together draw near for judgment.
 Who stirred up one from the east
whom victory meets at every step?
He gives up nations before him,
so that he tramples kings under foot;
he makes them like dust with his sword,
like driven stubble with his bow.
 He pursues them and passes on safely,
by paths his feet have not trod.
 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.
 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
 For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
 Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
 Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
 and having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace;
 besides all these, taking the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one.
 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
 Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom;
 there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.
 But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name’s sake.
 This will be a time for you to bear testimony.
 Settle it therefore in your minds, not to meditate beforehand how to answer;
 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict.
 You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and kinsmen and friends, and some of you they will put to death;
 you will be hated by all for my name’s sake.
 But not a hair of your head will perish.
 By your endurance you will gain your lives.
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