Thursday, October 1, 2020
St. Sahak, Armenian prince, martyr,
St. Hamazasp, prince, martyr of Armenia
 Therefore set your desire on my words;
long for them, and you will be instructed.
 Wisdom is radiant and unfading,
and she is easily discerned by those who love her,
and is found by those who seek her.
 She hastens to make herself known to those who desire her.
 He who rises early to seek her will have no difficulty,
for he will find her sitting at his gates.
 To fix one’s thought on her is perfect understanding,
and he who is vigilant on her account will
soon be free from care,
 because she goes about seeking those worthy of her,
and she graciously appears to them in their paths,
and meets them in every thought.
 The beginning of wisdom is the most sincere
desire for instruction,
and concern for instruction is love of her,
 and love of her is the keeping of her laws,
and giving heed to her laws is assurance of immortality,
 and immortality brings one near to God;
 so the desire for wisdom leads to a kingdom.
 Therefore if you delight in thrones and scepters,
O monarchs over the peoples,
honor wisdom, that you may reign for ever.
 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose trust is the LORD.
 He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
 I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God;
 for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of him who subjected it in hope;
 because the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God.
 We know that the whole creation has been groaning in travail together until now;
 and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?
 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words.
 “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.
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