The Twelve Holy Doctors of the Church: Sts. Hierotheus of Athens, Dionysius the Areopagite, Sylvester of Rome, Athanasius of Alexandria, Cyril of Jerusalem, Ephrem the Syrian, Basil of Cesarea, Gregory of Nyssa, Gregory the Theologian of Nazianzus, Epiphanius of Cyprus, John Chrysostom, and Cyril of Alexandria
 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.
 to grant to those who mourn in Zion —
to give them a garland instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.
 They shall build up the ancient ruins,
they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
the devastations of many generations.
 Aliens shall stand and feed your flocks,
foreigners shall be your plowmen and vinedressers;
 but you shall be called the priests of the LORD,
men shall speak of you as the ministers of our God;
you shall eat the wealth of the nations,
and in their riches you shall glory.
 Instead of your shame you shall have a double portion,
instead of dishonor you shall rejoice in your lot;
therefore in your land you shall possess a double portion;
yours shall be everlasting joy.
 Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God; consider the outcome of their life, and imitate their faith.
 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever.
 Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings; for it is well that the heart be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited their adherents.
 I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
 When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify thy Son that the Son may glorify thee,
 since thou hast given him power over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom thou hast given him.
 And this is eternal life, that they know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.
 I glorified thee on earth, having accomplished the work which thou gavest me to do;
 and now, Father, glorify thou me in thy own presence with the glory which I had with thee before the world was made.
 “I have manifested thy name to the men whom thou gavest me out of the world; thine they were, and thou gavest them to me, and they have kept thy word.
 Now they know that everything that thou hast given me is from thee;
 for I have given them the words which thou gavest me, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from thee; and they have believed that thou didst send me.
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