September 25 (Daily Scripture)

Sts. Mamas, Philomenos, and Simeon the Stylite

Proverbs 8:9-11
Isaiah 55:10-13
II Corinthians 5:1-5
Luke 21:12-19

Proverbs 8:9-11
[9] They are all straight to him who understands
and right to those who find knowledge.
[10] Take my instruction instead of silver,
and knowledge rather than choice gold;
[11] for wisdom is better than jewels,
and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.

Isaiah 55:10-13
[10] “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,
[11] 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.
[12] “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.
[13] 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
[1] 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.
[2] Here indeed we groan, and long to put on our heavenly dwelling,
[3] so that by putting it on we may not be found naked.
[4] 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.
[5] He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

Luke 21:12-19
[12] 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.
[13] This will be a time for you to bear testimony.
[14] Settle it therefore in your minds, not to meditate beforehand how to answer;
[15] for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict.
[16] You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and kinsmen and friends, and some of you they will put to death;
[17] you will be hated by all for my name’s sake.
[18] But not a hair of your head will perish.
[19] By your endurance you will gain your lives.

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September 24 (Daily Scripture)

Second Sunday after the Holy Cross,
Eve of the Fast of the Holy Cross of Varak

Isaiah 14:3-17
II Corinthians 10:18-11:10
Mark 10:1-12

Isaiah 14:3-17
[3] When the LORD has given you rest from your pain and turmoil and the hard service with which you were made to serve,
[4] you will take up this taunt against the king of Babylon: “How the oppressor has ceased,
the insolent fury ceased!
[5] The LORD has broken the staff of the wicked,
the scepter of rulers,
[6] that smote the peoples in wrath
with unceasing blows,
that ruled the nations in anger
with unrelenting persecution.
[7] The whole earth is at rest and quiet;
they break forth into singing.
[8] The cypresses rejoice at you,
the cedars of Lebanon, saying,
`Since you were laid low,
no hewer comes up against us.’
[9] Sheol beneath is stirred up
to meet you when you come,
it rouses the shades to greet you,
all who were leaders of the earth;
it raises from their thrones
all who were kings of the nations.
[10] All of them will speak
and say to you:
`You too have become as weak as we!
You have become like us!’
[11] Your pomp is brought down to Sheol,
the sound of your harps;
maggots are the bed beneath you,
and worms are your covering.
[12] “How you are fallen from heaven,
O Day Star, son of Dawn!
How you are cut down to the ground,
you who laid the nations low!
[13] You said in your heart,
`I will ascend to heaven;
above the stars of God
I will set my throne on high;
I will sit on the mount of assembly
in the far north;
[14] I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will make myself like the Most High.’
[15] But you are brought down to Sheol,
to the depths of the Pit.
[16] Those who see you will stare at you,
and ponder over you:
`Is this the man who made the earth tremble,
who shook kingdoms,
[17] who made the world like a desert
and overthrew its cities,
who did not let his prisoners go home?’

II Corinthians 10:18-11:10
[18] For it is not the man who commends himself that is accepted, but the man whom the Lord commends.

Chapter 11
[1] I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness. Do bear with me!
[2] I feel a divine jealousy for you, for I betrothed you to Christ to present you as a pure bride to her one husband.
[3] But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
[4] For if some one comes and preaches another Jesus than the one we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you submit to it readily enough.
[5] I think that I am not in the least inferior to these superlative apostles.
[6] Even if I am unskilled in speaking, I am not in knowledge; in every way we have made this plain to you in all things.
[7] Did I commit a sin in abasing myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached God’s gospel without cost to you?
[8] I robbed other churches by accepting support from them in order to serve you.
[9] And when I was with you and was in want, I did not burden any one, for my needs were supplied by the brethren who came from Macedo’nia. So I refrained and will refrain from burdening you in any way.
[10] As the truth of Christ is in me, this boast of mine shall not be silenced in the regions of Acha’ia.

Mark 10:1-12
[1] And he left there and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan, and crowds gathered to him again; and again, as his custom was, he taught them.
[2] And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”
[3] He answered them, “What did Moses command you?”
[4] They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce, and to put her away.”
[5] But Jesus said to them, “For your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment.
[6] But from the beginning of creation, `God made them male and female.’
[7] `For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife,
[8] and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh.
[9] What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.”
[10] And in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter.
[11] And he said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery against her;
[12] and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

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September 23 (Daily Scripture)

Feast of the Holy Cross

Isaiah 51:4-11
I Timothy 6:13-16
John 7:37-52

Isaiah 51:4-11
[4] “Listen to me, my people,
and give ear to me, my nation;
for a law will go forth from me,
and my justice for a light to the peoples.
[5] My deliverance draws near speedily,
my salvation has gone forth,
and my arms will rule the peoples;
the coastlands wait for me,
and for my arm they hope.
[6] Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
and look at the earth beneath;
for the heavens will vanish like smoke,
the earth will wear out like a garment,
and they who dwell in it will die like gnats;
but my salvation will be for ever,
and my deliverance will never be ended.
[7] “Hearken to me, you who know righteousness,
the people in whose heart is my law;
fear not the reproach of men,
and be not dismayed at their revilings.
[8] For the moth will eat them up like a garment,
and the worm will eat them like wool;
but my deliverance will be for ever,
and my salvation to all generations.”
[9] Awake, awake, put on strength,
O arm of the LORD;
awake, as in days of old,
the generations of long ago.
Was it not thou that didst cut Rahab in pieces,
that didst pierce the dragon?
[10] Was it not thou that didst dry up the sea,
the waters of the great deep;
that didst make the depths of the sea a way
for the redeemed to pass over?
[11] And the ransomed of the LORD shall return,
and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
they shall obtain joy and gladness,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

I Timothy 6:13-16
[13] In the presence of God who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession,
[14] I charge you to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ;
[15] and this will be made manifest at the proper time by the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords,
[16] who alone has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.

John 7:37-52
[37] On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and proclaimed, “If any one thirst, let him come to me and drink.
[38] He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, `Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.'”
[39] Now this he said about the Spirit, which those who believed in him were to receive; for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
[40] When they heard these words, some of the people said, “This is really the prophet.”
[41] Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Is the Christ to come from Galilee?
[42] Has not the scripture said that the Christ is descended from David, and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?”
[43] So there was a division among the people over him.
[44] Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.
[45] The officers then went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why did you not bring him?”
[46] The officers answered, “No man ever spoke like this man!”
[47] The Pharisees answered them, “Are you led astray, you also?
[48] Have any of the authorities or of the Pharisees believed in him?
[49] But this crowd, who do not know the law, are accursed.”
[50] Nicode’mus, who had gone to him before, and who was one of them, said to them,
[51] “Does our law judge a man without first giving him a hearing and learning what he does?”
[52] They replied, “Are you from Galilee too? Search and you will see that no prophet is to rise from Galilee.”

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September 22 (Daily Scripture)

Feast of the Holy Cross

Zechariah 14:5-11
Philippians 2:5-11
John 19:16-22

Zechariah 14:5-11
[5] And the valley of my mountains shall be stopped up, for the valley of the mountains shall touch the side of it; and you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzzi’ah king of Judah. Then the LORD your God will come, and all the holy ones with him.
[6] On that day there shall be neither cold nor frost.
[7] And there shall be continuous day (it is known to the LORD), not day and not night, for at evening time there shall be light.
[8] On that day living waters shall flow out from Jerusalem, half of them to the eastern sea and half of them to the western sea; it shall continue in summer as in winter.
[9] And the LORD will become king over all the earth; on that day the LORD will be one and his name one.
[10] The whole land shall be turned into a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem. But Jerusalem shall remain aloft upon its site from the Gate of Benjamin to the place of the former gate, to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Han’anel to the king’s wine presses.
[11] And it shall be inhabited, for there shall be no more curse; Jerusalem shall dwell in security.

Philippians 2:5-11
[5] Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,
[6] who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,
[7] but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
[8] And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.
[9] Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name,
[10] that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
[11] and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

John 19:16-22
[16] Then he handed him over to them to be crucified.
[17] So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called the place of a skull, which is called in Hebrew Gol’gotha.
[18] There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them.
[19] Pilate also wrote a title and put it on the cross; it read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.”
[20] Many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek.
[21] The chief priests of the Jews then said to Pilate, “Do not write, `The King of the Jews,’ but, `This man said, I am King of the Jews.'”
[22] Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.”

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September 21 (Daily Scripture)

Feast of the Holy Church

Isaiah 2:1-6
Hebrews 12:18-27
Matthew 21:12-17

Isaiah 2:1-6
[1] The word which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
[2] It shall come to pass in the latter days
that the mountain of the house of the LORD
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
and shall be raised above the hills;
and all the nations shall flow to it,
[3] and many peoples shall come, and say:
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
to the house of the God of Jacob;
that he may teach us his ways
and that we may walk in his paths.”
For out of Zion shall go forth the law,
and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
[4] He shall judge between the nations,
and shall decide for many peoples;
and they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more.
[5] O house of Jacob,
come, let us walk
in the light of the LORD.
[6] For thou hast rejected thy people,
the house of Jacob,
because they are full of diviners from the east
and of soothsayers like the Philistines,
and they strike hands with foreigners.

Hebrews 12:18-27
[18] For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire, and darkness, and gloom, and a tempest,
[19] and the sound of a trumpet, and a voice whose words made the hearers entreat that no further messages be spoken to them.
[20] For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.”
[21] Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.”
[22] But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering,
[23] and to the assembly of the first-born who are enrolled in heaven, and to a judge who is God of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
[24] and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks more graciously than the blood of Abel.
[25] See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less shall we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven.
[26] His voice then shook the earth; but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heaven.”
[27] This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of what is shaken, as of what has been made, in order that what cannot be shaken may remain.

Matthew 21:12-17
[12] And Jesus entered the temple of God and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons.
[13] He said to them, “It is written, `My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you make it a den of robbers.”
[14] And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them.
[15] But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant;
[16] and they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read, `Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings
thou hast brought perfect praise’?”
[17] And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and lodged there.

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September 20 (Daily Scripture)

Feast of the Holy Church

Zephaniah 3:14-17
Hebrews 9:11-15
Matthew 16:13-19

Zephaniah 3:14-17
[14] Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion;
shout, O Israel!
Rejoice and exult with all your heart,
O daughter of Jerusalem!
[15] The LORD has taken away the judgments against you,
he has cast out your enemies.
The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst;
you shall fear evil no more.
[16] On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:
“Do not fear, O Zion;
let not your hands grow weak.
[17] The LORD, your God, is in your midst,
a warrior who gives victory;
he will rejoice over you with gladness,
he will renew you in his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.

Hebrews 9:11-15
[11] But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation)
[12] he entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking not the blood of goats and calves but his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.
[13] For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh,
[14] how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.
[15] Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred which redeems them from the transgressions under the first covenant.

Matthew 16:13-19
[13] Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesare’a Philip’pi, he asked his disciples, “Who do men say that the Son of man is?”
[14] And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Eli’jah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
[15] He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
[16] Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
[17] And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.
[18] And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it.
[19] I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

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September 19 (Daily Scripture)

Feast of the Holy Church

Baruch 4:36-5:9
Hebrews 3:1-6
John 2:12-22

Baruch 4:36-5:9
[36] Look toward the east, O Jerusalem,
and see the joy that is coming to you from God!
[37] Behold, your sons are coming, whom you sent away;
they are coming, gathered from east and west,
at the word of the Holy One,
rejoicing in the glory of God.

Chapter 5
[1] Take off the garment of your sorrow and affliction,
O Jerusalem,
and put on for ever the beauty of the glory from God.
[2] Put on the robe of the righteousness from God;
put on your head the diadem of the glory of the Everlasting.
[3] For God will show your splendor everywhere under heaven.
[4] For your name will for ever be called by God,
“Peace of righteousness and glory of godliness.”
[5] Arise, O Jerusalem, stand upon the height
and look toward the east,
and see your children gathered from west and east,
at the word of the Holy One,
rejoicing that God has remembered them.
[6] For they went forth from you on foot,
led away by their enemies;
but God will bring them back to you,
carried in glory, as on a royal throne.
[7] For God has ordered that every high mountain
and the everlasting hills be made low
and the valleys filled up, to make level ground,
so that Israel may walk safely in the glory of God.
[8] The woods and every fragrant tree
have shaded Israel at God’s command.
[9] For God will lead Israel with joy,
in the light of his glory,
with the mercy and righteousness that come from him.

Hebrews 3:1-6
[1] Therefore, holy brethren, who share in a heavenly call, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession.
[2] He was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in God’s house.
[3] Yet Jesus has been counted worthy of as much more glory than Moses as the builder of a house has more honor than the house.
[4] (For every house is built by some one, but the builder of all things is God.)
[5] Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later,
[6] but Christ was faithful over God’s house as a son. And we are his house if we hold fast our confidence and pride in our hope.

John 2:12-22
[12] After this he went down to Caper’na-um, with his mother and his brothers and his disciples; and there they stayed for a few days.
[13] The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
[14] In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers at their business.
[15] And making a whip of cords, he drove them all, with the sheep and oxen, out of the temple; and he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables.
[16] And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; you shall not make my Father’s house a house of trade.”
[17] His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for thy house will consume me.”
[18] The Jews then said to him, “What sign have you to show us for doing this?”
[19] Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
[20] The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?”
[21] But he spoke of the temple of his body.
[22] When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word which Jesus had spoken.

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