Sts. Hipirichians, martyrs at Samosata,
St. Severian of Sebastia,
St. Babylas of Nicomedia and the 84 children martyrs
II Corinthians 4:6-14
 A man is commended according to his good sense,
but one of perverse mind is despised.
 Better is a man of humble standing who works for himself
than one who plays the great man but lacks bread.
 A righteous man has regard for the life of his beast,
but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.
 He who tills his land will have plenty of bread,
but he who follows worthless pursuits has no sense.
 The strong tower of the wicked comes to ruin,
but the root of the righteous stands firm.
 An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips,
but the righteous escapes from trouble.
 Thus says the LORD:
“In a time of favor I have answered you,
in a day of salvation I have helped you;
I have kept you and given you
as a covenant to the people,
to establish the land,
to apportion the desolate heritages;
 saying to the prisoners, `Come forth,’
to those who are in darkness, `Appear.’
They shall feed along the ways,
on all bare heights shall be their pasture;
 they shall not hunger or thirst,
neither scorching wind nor sun shall smite them,
for he who has pity on them will lead them,
and by springs of water will guide them.
 And I will make all my mountains a way,
and my highways shall be raised up.
II Corinthians 4:6-14
 For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us.
 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair;
 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;
 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.
 For while we live we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
 So death is at work in us, but life in you.
 Since we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we too believe, and so we speak,
 knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence.
 In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.
 All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
 Then turning to the disciples he said privately, “Blessed are the eyes which see what you see!
 For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”
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