Saturday, November 28, 2020
Sts. Thaddeus and Bartholomew, Apostles and First Illuminators of Armenia
I Corinthians 12:26-13:10
 For what man can learn the counsel of God?
Or who can discern what the Lord wills?
 For the reasoning of mortals is worthless,
and our designs are likely to fail,
 for a perishable body weighs down the soul,
and this earthy tent burdens the thoughtful mind.
 We can hardly guess at what is on earth,
and what is at hand we find with labor;
but who has traced out what is in the heavens?
 Who has learned thy counsel, unless thou hast given wisdom
and sent thy holy Spirit from on high?
 And thus the paths of those on earth were set right,
and men were taught what pleases thee,
and were saved by wisdom.”
 Wisdom protected the first-formed father of the
world, when he alone had been created;
she delivered him from his transgression,
 and gave him strength to rule all things.
 “Behold, I am sending for many fishers, says the LORD, and they shall catch them; and afterwards I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out of the clefts of the rocks.
 For my eyes are upon all their ways; they are not hid from me, nor is their iniquity concealed from my eyes.
 And I will doubly recompense their iniquity and their sin, because they have polluted my land with the carcasses of their detestable idols, and have filled my inheritance with their abominations.”
 O LORD, my strength and my stronghold,
my refuge in the day of trouble,
to thee shall the nations come
from the ends of the earth and say:
“Our fathers have inherited nought but lies,
worthless things in which there is no profit.
I Corinthians 12:26-13:10
 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
 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.
 Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful;
 it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
 it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right.
 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
 Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.
 For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect;
 but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away.
 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every infirmity.
 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;
 pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
 And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every infirmity.
 The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zeb’edee, and John his brother;
 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;
 Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
 These twelve Jesus sent out, charging them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans,
 but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
 And preach as you go, saying, `The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’
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