Sts. Constantine the Emperor and his mother Helen,
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I Timothy 2:1-7
 A man’s mind plans his way,
but the LORD directs his steps.
 Inspired decisions are on the lips of a king;
his mouth does not sin in judgment.
 A just balance and scales are the LORD’s;
all the weights in the bag are his work.
 It is an abomination to kings to do evil,
for the throne is established by righteousness.
 Righteous lips are the delight of a king,
and he loves him who speaks what is right.
 A king’s wrath is a messenger of death,
and a wise man will appease it.
 In the light of a king’s face there is life,
and his favor is like the clouds that bring the spring rain.
 To get wisdom is better than gold;
to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.
 The highway of the upright turns aside from evil;
he who guards his way preserves his life.
 No one knows the way to her,
or is concerned about the path to her.
 But he who knows all things knows her,
he found her by his understanding.
He who prepared the earth for all time
filled it with four-footed creatures;
 he who sends forth the light, and it goes,
called it, and it obeyed him in fear;
 the stars shone in their watches, and were glad;
he called them, and they said, “Here we are!”
They shone with gladness for him who made them.
 This is our God;
no other can be compared to him!
 He found the whole way to knowledge,
and gave her to Jacob his servant
and to Israel whom he loved.
 Afterward she appeared upon earth
and lived among men.
 She is the book of the commandments of God,
and the law that endures for ever.
All who hold her fast will live,
and those who forsake her will die.
 Turn, O Jacob, and take her;
walk toward the shining of her light.
 Do not give your glory to another,
or your advantages to an alien people.
 Happy are we, O Israel,
for we know what is pleasing to God.
I Timothy 2:1-7
 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men,
 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way.
 This is good, and it is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
 who gave himself as a ransom for all, the testimony to which was borne at the proper time.
 For this I was appointed a preacher and apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
 After he had ended all his sayings in the hearing of the people he entered Caper’na-um.
 Now a centurion had a slave who was dear to him, who was sick and at the point of death.
 When he heard of Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and heal his slave.
 And when they came to Jesus, they besought him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy to have you do this for him,
 for he loves our nation, and he built us our synagogue.”
 And Jesus went with them. When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof;
 therefore I did not presume to come to you. But say the word, and let my servant be healed.
 For I am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me: and I say to one, `Go,’ and he goes; and to another, `Come,’ and he comes; and to my slave, `Do this,’ and he does it.”
 When Jesus heard this he marveled at him, and turned and said to the multitude that followed him, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.”
 And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave well.
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