Saturday, November 7, 2020
Sts. Gabriel and Michael the Archangels, and all the heavenly host
 And the LORD went his way, when he had finished speaking to Abraham; and Abraham returned to his place.
 The two angels came to Sodom in the evening; and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them, and bowed himself with his face to the earth,
 and said, “My lords, turn aside, I pray you, to your servant’s house and spend the night, and wash your feet; then you may rise up early and go on your way.” They said, “No; we will spend the night in the street.”
 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.
 Who determined its measurements — surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
 On what were its bases sunk,
or who laid its cornerstone,
 when the morning stars sang together,
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
 In the year that King Uzzi’ah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and his train filled the temple.
 Above him stood the seraphim; each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.
 And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke.
 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”
 Then flew one of the seraphim to me, having in his hand a burning coal which he had taken with tongs from the altar.
 And he touched my mouth, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin forgiven.”
 In the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I was among the exiles by the river Chebar, the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God.
 On the fifth day of the month (it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoi’achin),
 the word of the LORD came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chalde’ans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the LORD was upon him there.
 As I looked, behold, a stormy wind came out of the north, and a great cloud, with brightness round about it, and fire flashing forth continually, and in the midst of the fire, as it were gleaming bronze.
 And from the midst of it came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance: they had the form of men,
 but each had four faces, and each of them had four wings.
 Their legs were straight, and the soles of their feet were like the sole of a calf’s foot; and they sparkled like burnished bronze.
 Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. And the four had their faces and their wings thus:
 their wings touched one another; they went every one straight forward, without turning as they went.
 As for the likeness of their faces, each had the face of a man in front; the four had the face of a lion on the right side, the four had the face of an ox on the left side, and the four had the face of an eagle at the back.
 Such were their faces. And their wings were spread out above; each creature had two wings, each of which touched the wing of another, while two covered their bodies.
 And each went straight forward; wherever the spirit would go, they went, without turning as they went.
 In the midst of the living creatures there was something that looked like burning coals of fire, like torches moving to and fro among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning.
 And the living creatures darted to and fro, like a flash of lightning.
 Now as I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel upon the earth beside the living creatures, one for each of the four of them.
 As for the appearance of the wheels and their construction: their appearance was like the gleaming of a chrysolite; and the four had the same likeness, their construction being as it were a wheel within a wheel.
 When they went, they went in any of their four directions without turning as they went.
 The four wheels had rims and they had spokes; and their rims were full of eyes round about.
 And when the living creatures went, the wheels went beside them; and when the living creatures rose from the earth, the wheels rose.
 Wherever the spirit would go, they went, and the wheels rose along with them; for the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.
 And again, when he brings the first-born into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.”
 Of the angels he says, “Who makes his angels winds,
and his servants flames of fire.”
 But of the Son he says,
“Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever,
the righteous scepter is the scepter of thy kingdom.
 Thou hast loved righteousness and hated lawlessness;
therefore God, thy God, has anointed thee
with the oil of gladness beyond thy comrades.”
 And, “Thou, Lord, didst found the earth in the beginning,
and the heavens are the work of thy hands;
 they will perish, but thou remainest;
they will all grow old like a garment,
 like a mantle thou wilt roll them up,
and they will be changed.
But thou art the same,
and thy years will never end.”
 But to what angel has he ever said, “Sit at my right hand,
till I make thy enemies
a stool for thy feet”?
 Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to serve, for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation?
 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones; for I tell you that in heaven their angels always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven.
 What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?
 And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray.
 So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
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