Thursday, June 24, 2021
Holy Translators, Sts. Sahag and Mesrob
I Corinthians 12:4-11
 And if any one loves righteousness,
her labors are virtues;
for she teaches self-control and prudence,
justice and courage;
nothing in life is more profitable for men than these.
 And if any one longs for wide experience,
she knows the things of old, and infers the things to come;
she understands turns of speech and the solutions of riddles;
she has foreknowledge of signs and wonders
and of the outcome of seasons and times.
 Therefore I determined to take her to live with me,
knowing that she would give me good counsel
and encouragement in cares and grief.
 Because of her I shall have glory among the multitudes
and honor in the presence of the elders, though I am young.
 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.
 For I the LORD love justice,
I hate robbery and wrong;
I will faithfully give them their recompense,
and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
 Their descendants shall be known among the nations,
and their offspring in the midst of the peoples;
all who see them shall acknowledge them,
that they are a people whom the LORD has blessed.
I Corinthians 12:4-11
 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit;
 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord;
 and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in every one.
 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
 To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit,
 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit,
 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.
 All these are inspired by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.
 “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
 Sell your possessions, and give alms; provide yourselves with purses that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.
 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
 “Let your loins be girded and your lamps burning,
 and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the marriage feast, so that they may open to him at once when he comes and knocks.
 Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes; truly, I say to you, he will gird himself and have them sit at table, and he will come and serve them.
 If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them so, blessed are those servants!
 But know this, that if the householder had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into.
 You also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an unexpected hour.”
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