Sts. Adrian of Nicomedia and his wife Natalia,
St. Theodore of Amassia, martyr,
St. Eleutherius of Bythnia, martyr
 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases,
his mercies never come to an end;
 they are new every morning;
great is thy faithfulness.
 “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
 The LORD is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul that seeks him.
 It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the LORD.
 It is good for a man that he bear
the yoke in his youth.
 Let him sit alone in silence
when he has laid it on him;
 let him put his mouth in the dust —
there may yet be hope;
 let him give his cheek to the smiter,
and be filled with insults.
 For the Lord will not
cast off for ever,
 but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion
according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
 for he does not willingly afflict
or grieve the sons of men.
 To crush under foot
all the prisoners of the earth,
 to turn aside the right of a man
in the presence of the Most High,
 to subvert a man in his cause,
the Lord does not approve.
 Who has commanded and it came to pass,
unless the Lord has ordained it?
 Is it not from the mouth of the Most High
that good and evil come?
 Why should a living man complain,
a man, about the punishment of his sins?
 Let us test and examine our ways,
and return to the LORD!
 Let us lift up our hearts and hands
to God in heaven:
 “We have transgressed and rebelled,
and thou hast not forgiven.
 “Thou hast wrapped thyself with anger and pursued us,
slaying without pity;
 thou hast wrapped thyself with a cloud
so that no prayer can pass through.
 Thou hast made us offscouring and refuse
among the peoples.
 “All our enemies
rail against us;
 panic and pitfall have come upon us,
devastation and destruction;
 my eyes flow with rivers of tears
because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.
 “My eyes will flow without ceasing,
 until the LORD from heaven
looks down and sees;
 my eyes cause me grief
at the fate of all the maidens of my city.
 “I have been hunted like a bird
by those who were my enemies without cause;
 they flung me alive into the pit
and cast stones on me;
 water closed over my head;
I said, `I am lost.’
 “I called on thy name, O LORD,
from the depths of the pit;
 thou didst hear my plea, `Do not close
thine ear to my cry for help!’
 I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God;
 for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of him who subjected it in hope;
 because the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God.
 We know that the whole creation has been groaning in travail together until now;
 and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?
 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words.
 And he who searches the hearts of men knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
 “I have said all this to you to keep you from falling away.
 They will put you out of the synagogues; indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God.
 And they will do this because they have not known the Father, nor me.
 But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you of them. “I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you.
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