Saturday, July 24, 2021
Sts. Aristakes and Vrtanes, sons of St. Gregory the Enlightener,
Sts. Housik, Grigoris, and Daniel, grandsons of St. Gregory the Enlightener
II Timothy 1:6-14
 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose trust is the LORD.
 He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
 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 1:6-14
 Hence I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands;
 for God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power and love and self-control.
 Do not be ashamed then of testifying to our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel in the power of God,
 who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not in virtue of our works but in virtue of his own purpose and the grace which he gave us in Christ Jesus ages ago,
 and now has manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
 For this gospel I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher,
 and therefore I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.
 Follow the pattern of the sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus;
 guard the truth that has been entrusted to you by the Holy Spirit who dwells within us.
 When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, “This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of Jonah.
 For as Jonah became a sign to the men of Nin’eveh, so will the Son of man be to this generation.
 The queen of the South will arise at the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them; for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.
 The men of Nin’eveh will arise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.
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