Holy Evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
 For what man can learn the counsel of God?
Or who can discern what the Lord wills?
 For the reasoning of mortals is worthless,
and our designs are likely to fail,
 for a perishable body weighs down the soul,
and this earthy tent burdens the thoughtful mind.
 We can hardly guess at what is on earth,
and what is at hand we find with labor;
but who has traced out what is in the heavens?
 Who has learned thy counsel, unless thou hast given wisdom
and sent thy holy Spirit from on high?
 And thus the paths of those on earth were set right,
and men were taught what pleases thee,
and were saved by wisdom.”
 Wisdom protected the first-formed father of the
world, when he alone had been created;
she delivered him from his transgression,
 and gave him strength to rule all things.
 the word of the LORD came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chalde’ans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the LORD was upon him there.
 As I looked, behold, a stormy wind came out of the north, and a great cloud, with brightness round about it, and fire flashing forth continually, and in the midst of the fire, as it were gleaming bronze.
 And from the midst of it came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance: they had the form of men,
 but each had four faces, and each of them had four wings.
 Their legs were straight, and the soles of their feet were like the sole of a calf’s foot; and they sparkled like burnished bronze.
 Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. And the four had their faces and their wings thus:
 their wings touched one another; they went every one straight forward, without turning as they went.
 As for the likeness of their faces, each had the face of a man in front; the four had the face of a lion on the right side, the four had the face of an ox on the left side, and the four had the face of an eagle at the back.
 Such were their faces. And their wings were spread out above; each creature had two wings, each of which touched the wing of another, while two covered their bodies.
 And again I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold, four chariots came out from between two mountains; and the mountains were mountains of bronze.
 The first chariot had red horses, the second black horses,
 the third white horses, and the fourth chariot dappled gray horses.
 Then I said to the angel who talked with me, “What are these, my lord?”
 And the angel answered me, “These are going forth to the four winds of heaven, after presenting themselves before the LORD of all the earth.
 The chariot with the black horses goes toward the north country, the white ones go toward the west country, and the dappled ones go toward the south country.”
 When the steeds came out, they were impatient to get off and patrol the earth. And he said, “Go, patrol the earth.” So they patrolled the earth.
 Then he cried to me, “Behold, those who go toward the north country have set my Spirit at rest in the north country.”
 But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
 Therefore it is said, “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives,
and he gave gifts to men.”
 (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth?
 He who descended is he who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.)
 And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers,
 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,
 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ;
 And when it was day, he called his disciples, and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles;
 Simon, whom he named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew,
 and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot,
 and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
 And he came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases;
 and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured.
 And all the crowd sought to touch him, for power came forth from him and healed them all.
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