St. Febronia of Nisibis, virgin, martyr,
St. Mariana of Pisidia, virgin, martyr,
St. Shushan, daughter of St. Vartan the Great,
II Corinthians 6:16-7:1
 My son, if your heart is wise,
my heart too will be glad.
 My soul will rejoice
when your lips speak what is right.
 Let not your heart envy sinners,
but continue in the fear of the LORD all the day.
 Surely there is a future,
and your hope will not be cut off.
 Hear, my son, and be wise,
and direct your mind in the way.
 Be not among winebibbers,
or among gluttonous eaters of meat;
 for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty,
and drowsiness will clothe a man with rags.
 Hearken to your father who begot you,
and do not despise your mother when she is old.
 Buy truth, and do not sell it;
buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.
 The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice;
he who begets a wise son will be glad in him.
 Let your father and mother be glad,
let her who bore you rejoice.
 his shoots shall spread out;
his beauty shall be like the olive,
and his fragrance like Lebanon.
 They shall return and dwell beneath my shadow,
they shall flourish as a garden;
they shall blossom as the vine,
their fragrance shall be like the wine of Lebanon.
II Corinthians 6:16-7:1
 What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will live in them and move among them,
and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.
 Therefore come out from them,
and be separate from them, says the Lord,
and touch nothing unclean;
then I will welcome you,
 and I will be a father to you,
and you shall be my sons and daughters,
says the Lord Almighty.”
 Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God.
 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: “Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
 “Blessed are you that hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. “Blessed are you that weep now, for you shall laugh.
 “Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, on account of the Son of man!
 Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.
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