First Day of the Fast of Nativity,
St. Basil the Great of Cesarea,
St. Gregory of Nyssa,
St. Sylvester, Patriarch of Rome,
St. Ephrem the Syrian
 When pride comes, then comes disgrace;
but with the humble is wisdom.
 The integrity of the upright guides them,
but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.
 Riches do not profit in the day of wrath,
but righteousness delivers from death.
 The righteousness of the blameless keeps his way straight,
but the wicked falls by his own wickedness.
 The righteousness of the upright delivers them,
but the treacherous are taken captive by their lust.
 When the wicked dies, his hope perishes,
and the expectation of the godless comes to nought.
 The righteous is delivered from trouble,
and the wicked gets into it instead.
 With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor,
but by knowledge the righteous are delivered.
 When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices;
and when the wicked perish there are shouts of gladness.
 By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,
but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
 In that day the branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land shall be the pride and glory of the survivors of Israel.
 And he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy, every one who has been recorded for life in Jerusalem,
 when the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and cleansed the bloodstains of Jerusalem from its midst by a spirit of judgment and by a spirit of burning.
 Then the LORD will create over the whole site of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, and smoke and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory there will be a canopy and a pavilion.
 It will be for a shade by day from the heat, and for a refuge and a shelter from the storm and rain.
 And you, who once were estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds,
 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him,
 provided that you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which has been preached to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church,
 of which I became a minister according to the divine office which was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known,
 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now made manifest to his saints.
 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
 Him we proclaim, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man mature in Christ.
 For this I toil, striving with all the energy which he mightily inspires within me.
 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
 He who is a hireling and not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.
 He flees because he is a hireling and cares nothing for the sheep.
 I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me,
 as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.
 And I have other sheep, that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So there shall be one flock, one shepherd.
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