Saturday, February 27, 2021
St. Cyril, Patriarch of Jerusalem,
Sts. Cyril the Bishop and his mother, Anna,
Thirteenth Day of Great Lent
II Timothy 4:1-8
 When pride comes, then comes disgrace;
but with the humble is wisdom.
 The integrity of the upright guides them,
but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.
 Riches do not profit in the day of wrath,
but righteousness delivers from death.
 The righteousness of the blameless keeps his way straight,
but the wicked falls by his own wickedness.
 The righteousness of the upright delivers them,
but the treacherous are taken captive by their lust.
 When the wicked dies, his hope perishes,
and the expectation of the godless comes to nought.
 The righteous is delivered from trouble,
and the wicked gets into it instead.
 With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor,
but by knowledge the righteous are delivered.
 When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices;
and when the wicked perish there are shouts of gladness.
 By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,
but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
 to grant to those who mourn in Zion —
to give them a garland instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.
 They shall build up the ancient ruins,
they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
the devastations of many generations.
 Aliens shall stand and feed your flocks,
foreigners shall be your plowmen and vinedressers;
 but you shall be called the priests of the LORD,
men shall speak of you as the ministers of our God;
you shall eat the wealth of the nations,
and in their riches you shall glory.
 Instead of your shame you shall have a double portion,
instead of dishonor you shall rejoice in your lot;
therefore in your land you shall possess a double portion;
yours shall be everlasting joy.
II Timothy 4:1-8
 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom:
 preach the word, be urgent in season and out of season, convince, rebuke, and exhort, be unfailing in patience and in teaching.
 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings,
 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths.
 As for you, always be steady, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry.
 For I am already on the point of being sacrificed; the time of my departure has come.
 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.
 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
 He who is a hireling and not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.
 He flees because he is a hireling and cares nothing for the sheep.
 I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me,
 as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.
 And I have other sheep, that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So there shall be one flock, one shepherd.
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