Monday, September 20, 2021
St. Mamas of Gangra, hermit,
St. Philectimon of Lyconia,
St. Simeon the Stylite,
II Corinthians 5:1-5
 They are all straight to him who understands
and right to those who find knowledge.
 Take my instruction instead of silver,
and knowledge rather than choice gold;
 for wisdom is better than jewels,
and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.
 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
and return not thither but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
 so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
 “For you shall go out in joy,
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and the hills before you
shall break forth into singing,
and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
 Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress;
instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle;
and it shall be to the LORD for a memorial,
for an everlasting sign which shall not be cut off.”
II Corinthians 5:1-5
 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
 Here indeed we groan, and long to put on our heavenly dwelling,
 so that by putting it on we may not be found naked.
 For while we are still in this tent, we sigh with anxiety; not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.
 He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
 But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name’s sake.
 This will be a time for you to bear testimony.
 Settle it therefore in your minds, not to meditate beforehand how to answer;
 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict.
 You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and kinsmen and friends, and some of you they will put to death;
 you will be hated by all for my name’s sake.
 But not a hair of your head will perish.
 By your endurance you will gain your lives.
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