Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Sts. Ghevond the Priest and his companion bishops, priests, and deacons
I Peter 1:3-9
 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;
 he will put on righteousness as a breastplate,
and wear impartial justice as a helmet;
 he will take holiness as an invincible shield,
 and sharpen stern wrath for a sword,
and creation will join with him to fight against the madmen.
 Shafts of lightning will fly with true aim,
and will leap to the target as from a well-drawn bow of clouds,
 and hailstones full of wrath will be hurled as from a catapult;
the water of the sea will rage against them,
and rivers will relentlessly overwhelm them;
 The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad,
the desert shall rejoice and blossom;
like the crocus
 it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing.
The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,
the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.
They shall see the glory of the LORD,
the majesty of our God.
 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.
I Peter 1:3-9
 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
 and to an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,
 who by God’s power are guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while you may have to suffer various trials,
 so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold which though perishable is tested by fire, may redound to praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
 Without having seen him you love him; though you do not now see him you believe in him and rejoice with unutterable and exalted joy.
 As the outcome of your faith you obtain the salvation of your souls.
 “I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
 But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear him!
 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God.
 Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.
 “And I tell you, every one who acknowledges me before men, the Son of man also will acknowledge before the angels of God;
 but he who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God.
 And every one who speaks a word against the Son of man will be forgiven; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
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