Saturday, July 17, 2021
St. Thaddeus, Apostle to the Armenians,
St. Santookht the Virgin
I Corinthians 12:28-13:10
 Love righteousness, you rulers of the earth,
think of the Lord with uprightness,
and seek him with sincerity of heart;
 because he is found by those who do not put him to the test,
and manifests himself to those who do not distrust him.
 For perverse thoughts separate men from God,
and when his power is tested, it convicts the foolish;
 because wisdom will not enter a deceitful soul,
nor dwell in a body enslaved to sin.
 For a holy and disciplined spirit will flee from deceit,
and will rise and depart from foolish thoughts,
and will be ashamed at the approach of unrighteousness.
 For wisdom is a kindly spirit and
will not free a blasphemer from the guilt of his words;
because God is witness of his inmost feelings,
and a true observer of his heart, and a hearer of his tongue.
 Because the Spirit of the Lord has filled the world,
and that which holds all things together knows what is said;
 “Behold, I am sending for many fishers, says the LORD, and they shall catch them; and afterwards I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out of the clefts of the rocks.
 For my eyes are upon all their ways; they are not hid from me, nor is their iniquity concealed from my eyes.
 And I will doubly recompense their iniquity and their sin, because they have polluted my land with the carcasses of their detestable idols, and have filled my inheritance with their abominations.”
 O LORD, my strength and my stronghold,
my refuge in the day of trouble,
to thee shall the nations come
from the ends of the earth and say:
“Our fathers have inherited nought but lies,
worthless things in which there is no profit.
 Can man make for himself gods?
Such are no gods!”
 “Therefore, behold, I will make them know, this once I will make them know my power and my might, and they shall know that my name is the LORD.”
I Corinthians 12:28-13:10
 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, then healers, helpers, administrators, speakers in various kinds of tongues.
 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles?
 Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?
 But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.
 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
 Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful;
 it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
 it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right.
 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
 Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.
 For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect;
 but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away.
 And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases,
 and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal.
 And he said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics.
 And whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart.
 And wherever they do not receive you, when you leave that town shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them.”
 And they departed and went through the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.
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