Tuesday, June 29, 2021
St. Zechariah the Prophet
I Corinthians 12:28-13:3
 “Thus says the LORD of hosts: If you will walk in my ways and keep my charge, then you shall rule my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you the right of access among those who are standing here.
 Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, you and your friends who sit before you, for they are men of good omen: behold, I will bring my servant the Branch.
 For behold, upon the stone which I have set before Joshua, upon a single stone with seven facets, I will engrave its inscription, says the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the guilt of this land in a single day.
 In that day, says the LORD of hosts, every one of you will invite his neighbor under his vine and under his fig tree.”
 And the angel who talked with me came again, and waked me, like a man that is wakened out of his sleep.
 And he said to me, “What do you see?” I said, “I see, and behold, a lampstand all of gold, with a bowl on the top of it, and seven lamps on it, with seven lips on each of the lamps which are on the top of it.
 And there are two olive trees by it, one on the right of the bowl and the other on its left.”
 And I said to the angel who talked with me, “What are these, my lord?”
 Then the angel who talked with me answered me, “Do you not know what these are?” I said, “No, my lord.”
 Then he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerub’babel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts.
 What are you, O great mountain? Before Zerub’babel you shall become a plain; and he shall bring forward the top stone amid shouts of `Grace, grace to it!’”
 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
 “The hands of Zerub’babel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also complete it. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you.
I Corinthians 12:28-13:3
 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.
 Therefore I send you prophets and wise men and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from town to town,
 that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of innocent Abel to the blood of Zechari’ah the son of Barachi’ah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar.
 Truly, I say to you, all this will come upon this generation.
 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killing the prophets and stoning those who are sent to you! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!
 Behold, your house is forsaken and desolate.
 For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, `Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”
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