Sunday, May 23, 2021
Feast of Pentecost,
Fiftieth Day of Zadeeg,
Eve of Fast of Prophet Elijah
 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.
 And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
 And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them.
 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven.
 And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in his own language.
 And they were amazed and wondered, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?
 And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language?
 Par’thians and Medes and E’lamites and residents of Mesopota’mia, Judea and Cappado’cia, Pontus and Asia,
 Phryg’ia and Pamphyl’ia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyre’ne, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,
 Cretans and Arabians, we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.”
 And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?”
 But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.”
 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words.
 For these men are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day;
 but this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
 `And in the last days it shall be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams;
 yea, and on my menservants and my maidservants in those days
I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.
 And I will show wonders in the heaven above
and signs on the earth beneath,
blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;
 the sun shall be turned into darkness
and the moon into blood,
before the day of the Lord comes,
the great and manifest day.
 And it shall be that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall
 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
 And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you for ever,
 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will be in you.
 “I will not leave you desolate; I will come to you.
 Yet a little while, and the world will see me no more, but you will see me; because I live, you will live also.
 In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.
 He who has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me; and he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”
 Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?”
 Jesus answered him, “If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
 He who does not love me does not keep my words; and the word which you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.
 “I came to cast fire upon the earth; and would that it were already kindled!
 I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how I am constrained until it is accomplished!
 Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division;
 for henceforth in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three;
 they will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against her mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”
 He also said to the multitudes, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, `A shower is coming’; and so it happens.
 And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, `There will be scorching heat’; and it happens.
 You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky; but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?
 “And why do you not judge for yourselves what is right?
 As you go with your accuser before the magistrate, make an effort to settle with him on the way, lest he drag you to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer put you in prison.
 I tell you, you will never get out till you have paid the very last copper.”
 “These things I have spoken to you, while I am still with you.
 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
 You heard me say to you, `I go away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I go to the Father; for the Father is greater than I.
 And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place, you may believe.
 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me;
 but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go hence.
 But when the Counselor comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness to me;
 and you also are witnesses, because you have been with me from the beginning.
 “I have said all this to you to keep you from falling away.
 They will put you out of the synagogues; indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God.
 And they will do this because they have not known the Father, nor me.
 But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you of them. “I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you.
 But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, `Where are you going?’
 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts.
 Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.
 And when he comes, he will convince the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment:
 concerning sin, because they do not believe in me;
 concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more;
 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
 “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
 “A little while, and you will see me no more; again a little while, and you will see me.”
 Some of his disciples said to one another, “What is this that he says to us, `A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’; and, `because I go to the Father’?”
 They said, “What does he mean by `a little while’? We do not know what he means.”
 Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him; so he said to them, “Is this what you are asking yourselves, what I meant by saying, `A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’?
 Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy.
 When a woman is in travail she has sorrow, because her hour has come; but when she is delivered of the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a child is born into the world.
 So you have sorrow now, but I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.
 In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father, he will give it to you in my name.
 Hitherto you have asked nothing in my name; ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
 “I have said this to you in figures; the hour is coming when I shall no longer speak to you in figures but tell you plainly of the Father.
 In that day you will ask in my name; and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you;
 for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from the Father.
 I came from the Father and have come into the world; again, I am leaving the world and going to the Father.”
 His disciples said, “Ah, now you are speaking plainly, not in any figure!
 Now we know that you know all things, and need none to question you; by this we believe that you came from God.”
 Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe?
 The hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, every man to his home, and will leave me alone; yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me.
 I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
 When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify thy Son that the Son may glorify thee,
 since thou hast given him power over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom thou hast given him.
 And this is eternal life, that they know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.
 I glorified thee on earth, having accomplished the work which thou gavest me to do;
 and now, Father, glorify thou me in thy own presence with the glory which I had with thee before the world was made.
 “I have manifested thy name to the men whom thou gavest me out of the world; thine they were, and thou gavest them to me, and they have kept thy word.
 Now they know that everything that thou hast given me is from thee;
 for I have given them the words which thou gavest me, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from thee; and they have believed that thou didst send me.
 I am praying for them; I am not praying for the world but for those whom thou hast given me, for they are thine;
 all mine are thine, and thine are mine, and I am glorified in them.
 And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to thee. Holy Father, keep them in thy name, which thou hast given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.
 While I was with them, I kept them in thy name, which thou hast given me; I have guarded them, and none of them is lost but the son of perdition, that the scripture might be fulfilled.
 But now I am coming to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
 I have given them thy word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
 I do not pray that thou shouldst take them out of the world, but that thou shouldst keep them from the evil one.
 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
 Sanctify them in the truth; thy word is truth.
 As thou didst send me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.
 And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be consecrated in truth.
 “I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word,
 that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
 The glory which thou hast given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one,
 I in them and thou in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that thou hast sent me and hast loved them even as thou hast loved me.
 Father, I desire that they also, whom thou hast given me, may be with me where I am, to behold my glory which thou hast given me in thy love for me before the foundation of the world.
 O righteous Father, the world has not known thee, but I have known thee; and these know that thou hast sent me.
 I made known to them thy name, and I will make it known, that the love with which thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
 When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples across the Kidron valley, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered.
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