Thursday, July 8, 2021
Fourth Day of the Fast of Transfiguration
 I appeal to you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf,
 that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints,
 so that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company.
 The God of peace be with you all. Amen.
 I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deaconess of the church at Cen’chre-ae,
 that you may receive her in the Lord as befits the saints, and help her in whatever she may require from you, for she has been a helper of many and of myself as well.
 Greet Prisca and Aq’uila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus,
 who risked their necks for my life, to whom not only I but also all the churches of the Gentiles give thanks;
 greet also the church in their house. Greet my beloved Epae’netus, who was the first convert in Asia for Christ.
 Greet Mary, who has worked hard among you.
 Greet Androni’cus and Ju’nias, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners; they are men of note among the apostles, and they were in Christ before me.
 Greet Amplia’tus, my beloved in the Lord.
 Greet Urba’nus, our fellow worker in Christ, and my beloved Stachys.
 Greet Apel’les, who is approved in Christ. Greet those who belong to the family of Aristobu’lus.
 Greet my kinsman Hero’dion. Greet those in the Lord who belong to the family of Narcis’sus.
 Greet those workers in the Lord, Tryphae’na and Trypho’sa. Greet the beloved Persis, who has worked hard in the Lord.
 Greet Rufus, eminent in the Lord, also his mother and mine.
 Greet Asyn’critus, Phlegon, Hermes, Pat’robas, Hermas, and the brethren who are with them.
 Greet Philol’ogus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olym’pas, and all the saints who are with them.
 Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.
 And Jesus went on from there and passed along the Sea of Galilee. And he went up on the mountain, and sat down there.
 And great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the dumb, and many others, and they put them at his feet, and he healed them,
 so that the throng wondered, when they saw the dumb speaking, the maimed whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.
 Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days, and have nothing to eat; and I am unwilling to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.”
 And the disciples said to him, “Where are we to get bread enough in the desert to feed so great a crowd?”
 And Jesus said to them, “How many loaves have you?” They said, “Seven, and a few small fish.”
 And commanding the crowd to sit down on the ground,
 he took the seven loaves and the fish, and having given thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.
 And they all ate and were satisfied; and they took up seven baskets full of the broken pieces left over.
 Those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children.
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