Feast of the Discovery of the Relics of St. Gregory the Enlightener
 But the righteous man, though he die early, will be at rest.
 For old age is not honored for length of time,
nor measured by number of years;
 but understanding is gray hair for men,
and a blameless life is ripe old age.
 There was one who pleased God and was loved by him,
and while living among sinners he was taken up.
 He was caught up lest evil change his understanding
or guile deceive his soul.
 For the fascination of wickedness obscures what is good,
and roving desire perverts the innocent mind.
 Being perfected in a short time, he fulfilled long years;
 for his soul was pleasing to the Lord,
therefore he took him quickly from the midst of wickedness.
 Yet the peoples saw and did not understand,
nor take such a thing to heart,
that God’s grace and mercy are with his elect,
and he watches over his holy ones.
 But as for me, I will look to the LORD,
I will wait for the God of my salvation;
my God will hear me.
 Rejoice not over me, O my enemy;
when I fall, I shall rise;
when I sit in darkness,
the LORD will be a light to me.
 I will bear the indignation of the LORD
because I have sinned against him,
until he pleads my cause
and executes judgment for me.
He will bring me forth to the light;
I shall behold his deliverance.
 Then my enemy will see,
and shame will cover her who said to me,
“Where is the LORD your God?”
My eyes will gloat over her;
now she will be trodden down
like the mire of the streets.
 And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, bound in the Spirit, not knowing what shall befall me there;
 except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me.
 But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may accomplish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
 And now, behold, I know that all you among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom will see my face no more.
 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all of you,
 for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.
 Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God which he obtained with the blood of his own Son.
 I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;
 and from among your own selves will arise men speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.
 Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears.
 And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
 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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