Feast of the Holy Cross
I Timothy 6:13-16
 “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.
 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.
 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.
 “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.
 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.”
 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?
 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?
 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
 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,
 I charge you to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ;
 and this will be made manifest at the proper time by the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords,
 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.
 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.
 He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, `Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.'”
 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.
 When they heard these words, some of the people said, “This is really the prophet.”
 Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Is the Christ to come from Galilee?
 Has not the scripture said that the Christ is descended from David, and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?”
 So there was a division among the people over him.
 Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.
 The officers then went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why did you not bring him?”
 The officers answered, “No man ever spoke like this man!”
 The Pharisees answered them, “Are you led astray, you also?
 Have any of the authorities or of the Pharisees believed in him?
 But this crowd, who do not know the law, are accursed.”
 Nicode’mus, who had gone to him before, and who was one of them, said to them,
 “Does our law judge a man without first giving him a hearing and learning what he does?”
 They replied, “Are you from Galilee too? Search and you will see that no prophet is to rise from Galilee.”
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