August 26 (Daily Scripture)

Third Sunday following Assumption,
Feast of the Discovery of the Belt of the Holy Mother of God

Luke 1:39-56
Isaiah 9:8-19
II Corinthians 1:1-11
Mark 4:35-41

Luke 1:39-56
[39] In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah,
[40] and she entered the house of Zechari’ah and greeted Elizabeth.
[41] And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit
[42] and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!
[43] And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
[44] For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy.
[45] And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”
[46] And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord,
[47] and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
[48] for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden.
For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed;
[49] for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
[50] And his mercy is on those who fear him
from generation to generation.
[51] He has shown strength with his arm,
he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts,
[52] he has put down the mighty from their thrones,
and exalted those of low degree;
[53] he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent empty away.
[54] He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
[55] as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his posterity for ever.”
[56] And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her home.

Isaiah 9:8-19
[8] The Lord has sent a word against Jacob,
and it will light upon Israel;
[9] and all the people will know,
E’phraim and the inhabitants of Sama’ria,
who say in pride and in arrogance of heart:
[10] “The bricks have fallen,
but we will build with dressed stones;
the sycamores have been cut down,
but we will put cedars in their place.”
[11] So the LORD raises adversaries against them,
and stirs up their enemies.
[12] The Syrians on the east and the Philistines on the west
devour Israel with open mouth.
For all this his anger is not turned away
and his hand is stretched out still.
[13] The people did not turn to him who smote them,
nor seek the LORD of hosts.
[14] So the LORD cut off from Israel head and tail,
palm branch and reed in one day —
[15] the elder and honored man is the head,
and the prophet who teaches lies is the tail;
[16] for those who lead this people lead them astray,
and those who are led by them are swallowed up.
[17] Therefore the Lord does not rejoice over their young men,
and has no compassion on their fatherless and widows;
for every one is godless and an evildoer,
and every mouth speaks folly.
For all this his anger is not turned away
and his hand is stretched out still.
[18] For wickedness burns like a fire,
it consumes briers and thorns;
it kindles the thickets of the forest,
and they roll upward in a column of smoke.
[19] Through the wrath of the LORD of hosts
the land is burned,
and the people are like fuel for the fire;
no man spares his brother.

II Corinthians 1:1-11
[1] Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother.
To the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in the whole of Acha’ia:
[2] Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
[3] Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
[4] who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
[5] For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.
[6] If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer.
[7] Our hope for you is unshaken; for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort.
[8] For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of the affliction we experienced in Asia; for we were so utterly, unbearably crushed that we despaired of life itself.
[9] Why, we felt that we had received the sentence of death; but that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead;
[10] he delivered us from so deadly a peril, and he will deliver us; on him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again.
[11] You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us in answer to many prayers.

Mark 4:35-41
[35] On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.”
[36] And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him.
[37] And a great storm of wind arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already filling.
[38] But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care if we perish?”
[39] And he awoke and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
[40] He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?”
[41] And they were filled with awe, and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey him?”

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