June 18 (Daily Scripture)

Feast of Holy Etchmiadzin,
Second Sunday after Pentecost,
Tone of the Day: ԴԿ

Proverbs 9:1-6
Zechariah 3:7-4:9
Hebrews 9:1-10
John 10:22-30
Matthew 13:31-35
Matthew 14:27-36

Proverbs 9:1-6
[1] Wisdom has built her house,
she has set up her seven pillars.
[2] She has slaughtered her beasts, she has mixed her wine,
she has also set her table.
[3] She has sent out her maids to call
from the highest places in the town,
[4] “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”
To him who is without sense she says,
[5] “Come, eat of my bread
and drink of the wine I have mixed.
[6] Leave simpleness, and live,
and walk in the way of insight.”

Zechariah 3:7-4:9
[7] “Thus says the LORD of hosts: If you will walk in my ways and keep my charge, then you shall rule my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you the right of access among those who are standing here.
[8] Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, you and your friends who sit before you, for they are men of good omen: behold, I will bring my servant the Branch.
[9] For behold, upon the stone which I have set before Joshua, upon a single stone with seven facets, I will engrave its inscription, says the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the guilt of this land in a single day.
[10] In that day, says the LORD of hosts, every one of you will invite his neighbor under his vine and under his fig tree.”

Chapter 4
[1] And the angel who talked with me came again, and waked me, like a man that is wakened out of his sleep.
[2] And he said to me, “What do you see?” I said, “I see, and behold, a lampstand all of gold, with a bowl on the top of it, and seven lamps on it, with seven lips on each of the lamps which are on the top of it.
[3] And there are two olive trees by it, one on the right of the bowl and the other on its left.”
[4] And I said to the angel who talked with me, “What are these, my lord?”
[5] Then the angel who talked with me answered me, “Do you not know what these are?” I said, “No, my lord.”
[6] Then he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerub’babel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts.
[7] What are you, O great mountain? Before Zerub’babel you shall become a plain; and he shall bring forward the top stone amid shouts of `Grace, grace to it!'”
[8] Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
[9] “The hands of Zerub’babel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also complete it. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you.

Hebrews 9:1-10
[1] Now even the first covenant had regulations for worship and an earthly sanctuary.
[2] For a tent was prepared, the outer one, in which were the lampstand and the table and the bread of the Presence; it is called the Holy Place.
[3] Behind the second curtain stood a tent called the Holy of Holies,
[4] having the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, which contained a golden urn holding the manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;
[5] above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail.
[6] These preparations having thus been made, the priests go continually into the outer tent, performing their ritual duties;
[7] but into the second only the high priest goes, and he but once a year, and not without taking blood which he offers for himself and for the errors of the people.
[8] By this the Holy Spirit indicates that the way into the sanctuary is not yet opened as long as the outer tent is still standing
[9] (which is symbolic for the present age). According to this arrangement, gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot perfect the conscience of the worshiper,
[10] but deal only with food and drink and various ablutions, regulations for the body imposed until the time of reformation.

John 10:22-30
[22] It was the feast of the Dedication at Jerusalem;
[23] it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon.
[24] So the Jews gathered round him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”
[25] Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness to me;
[26] but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep.
[27] My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me;
[28] and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand.
[29] My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.
[30] I and the Father are one.”

Matthew 13:31-35
[31] Another parable he put before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field;
[32] it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”
[33] He told them another parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.”
[34] All this Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed he said nothing to them without a parable.
[35] This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables,
I will utter what has been hidden since the foundation of the world.”

Matthew 14:27-36
[27] But immediately he spoke to them, saying, “Take heart, it is I; have no fear.”
[28] And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, bid me come to you on the water.”
[29] He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus;
[30] but when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.”
[31] Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “O man of little faith, why did you doubt?”
[32] And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
[33] And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
[34] And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret.
[35] And when the men of that place recognized him, they sent round to all that region and brought to him all that were sick,
[36] and besought him that they might only touch the fringe of his garment; and as many as touched it were made well.

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June 17 (Daily Scripture)

St. Gregory the Enlightener (Deliverance from the Pit),
Tone of the Day: ԴՁ

Wisdom 5:1-8
Isaiah 60:20-61:7
Hebrews 13:17-21
Matthew 19:27-29

Wisdom 5:1-8
[1] Then the righteous man will stand with great confidence
in the presence of those who have afflicted him,
and those who make light of his labors.
[2] When they see him, they will be shaken with dreadful fear,
and they will be amazed at his unexpected salvation.
[3] They will speak to one another in repentance,
and in anguish of spirit they will groan, and say,
[4] “This is the man whom we once held in derision
and made a byword of reproach — we fools!
We thought that his life was madness
and that his end was without honor.
[5] Why has he been numbered among the sons of God?
And why is his lot among the saints?
[6] So it was we who strayed from the way of truth,
and the light of righteousness did not shine on us,
and the sun did not rise upon us.
[7] We took our fill of the paths of lawlessness and destruction,
and we journeyed through trackless deserts,
but the way of the Lord we have not known.
[8] What has our arrogance profited us?
And what good has our boasted wealth brought us?

Isaiah 60:20-61:7
[20] Your sun shall no more go down,
nor your moon withdraw itself;
for the LORD will be your everlasting light,
and your days of mourning shall be ended.
[21] Your people shall all be righteous;
they shall possess the land for ever,
the shoot of my planting, the work of my hands,
that I might be glorified.
[22] The least one shall become a clan,
and the smallest one a mighty nation;
I am the LORD;
in its time I will hasten it.

Chapter 61
[1] The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to bring good tidings to the afflicted;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
[2] to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
[3] 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.
[4] 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.
[5] Aliens shall stand and feed your flocks,
foreigners shall be your plowmen and vinedressers;
[6] 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.
[7] 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.

Hebrews 13:17-21
[17] Obey your leaders and submit to them; for they are keeping watch over your souls, as men who will have to give account. Let them do this joyfully, and not sadly, for that would be of no advantage to you.
[18] Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things.
[19] I urge you the more earnestly to do this in order that I may be restored to you the sooner.
[20] Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant,
[21] equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in you that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Matthew 19:27-29
[27] Then Peter said in reply, “Lo, we have left everything and followed you. What then shall we have?”
[28] Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of man shall sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
[29] And every one who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.

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June 16 (Daily Scripture)

Fast Day,
Tone of the Day: ԳԿ

Romans 4:1-12
Matthew 9:27-34

Romans 4:1-12
[1] What then shall we say about Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh?
[2] For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.
[3] For what does the scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.”
[4] Now to one who works, his wages are not reckoned as a gift but as his due.
[5] And to one who does not work but trusts him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness.
[6] So also David pronounces a blessing upon the man to whom God reckons righteousness apart from works:
[7] “Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins
are covered;
[8] blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not reckon his sin.”
[9] Is this blessing pronounced only upon the circumcised, or also upon the uncircumcised? We say that faith was reckoned to Abraham as righteousness.
[10] How then was it reckoned to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised.
[11] He received circumcision as a sign or seal of the righteousness which he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the father of all who believe without being circumcised and who thus have righteousness reckoned to them,
[12] and likewise the father of the circumcised who are not merely circumcised but also follow the example of the faith which our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.

Matthew 9:27-34
[27] And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, “Have mercy on us, Son of David.”
[28] When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.”
[29] Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.”
[30] And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly charged them, “See that no one knows it.”
[31] But they went away and spread his fame through all that district.
[32] As they were going away, behold, a dumb demoniac was brought to him.
[33] And when the demon had been cast out, the dumb man spoke; and the crowds marveled, saying, “Never was anything like this seen in Israel.”
[34] But the Pharisees said, “He casts out demons by the prince of demons.”

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June 15 (Daily Scripture)

St. John the Forerunner (Baptist),
St. Bishop Atanagine,
Tone of the Day: ԳՁ

Proverbs 15:21-26
Isaiah 22:20-24
I Peter 5:1-7
Matthew 11:2-14

Proverbs 15:21-26
[21] Folly is a joy to him who has no sense,
but a man of understanding walks aright.
[22] Without counsel plans go wrong,
but with many advisers they succeed.
[23] To make an apt answer is a joy to a man,
and a word in season, how good it is!
[24] The wise man’s path leads upward to life,
that he may avoid Sheol beneath.
[25] The LORD tears down the house of the proud,
but maintains the widow’s boundaries.
[26] The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD,
the words of the pure are pleasing to him.

Isaiah 22:20-24
[20] In that day I will call my servant Eli’akim the son of Hilki’ah,
[21] and I will clothe him with your robe, and will bind your girdle on him, and will commit your authority to his hand; and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah.
[22] And I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David; he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.
[23] And I will fasten him like a peg in a sure place, and he will become a throne of honor to his father’s house.
[24] And they will hang on him the whole weight of his father’s house, the offspring and issue, every small vessel, from the cups to all the flagons.

I Peter 5:1-7
[1] So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ as well as a partaker in the glory that is to be revealed.
[2] Tend the flock of God that is your charge, not by constraint but willingly, not for shameful gain but eagerly,
[3] not as domineering over those in your charge but being examples to the flock.
[4] And when the chief Shepherd is manifested you will obtain the unfading crown of glory.
[5] Likewise you that are younger be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
[6] Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that in due time he may exalt you.
[7] Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you.

Matthew 11:2-14
[2] Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples
[3] and said to him, “Are you he who is to come, or shall we look for another?”
[4] And Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see:
[5] the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them.
[6] And blessed is he who takes no offense at me.”
[7] As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to behold? A reed shaken by the wind?
[8] Why then did you go out? To see a man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, those who wear soft raiment are in kings’ houses.
[9] Why then did you go out? To see a prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.
[10] This is he of whom it is written, `Behold, I send my messenger before thy face,
who shall prepare thy way before thee.’
[11] Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has risen no one greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
[12] From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and men of violence take it by force.
[13] For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John;
[14] and if you are willing to accept it, he is Eli’jah who is to come.

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June 14 (Daily Scripture)

Fast Day,
Tone of the Day: ԲԿ

Romans 3:19-31
Matthew 9:9-15

Romans 3:19-31
[19] Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God.
[20] For no human being will be justified in his sight by works of the law, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.
[21] But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from law, although the law and the prophets bear witness to it,
[22] the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction;
[23] since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
[24] they are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus,
[25] whom God put forward as an expiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins;
[26] it was to prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies him who has faith in Jesus.
[27] Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On the principle of works? No, but on the principle of faith.
[28] For we hold that a man is justified by faith apart from works of law.
[29] Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also,
[30] since God is one; and he will justify the circumcised on the ground of their faith and the uncircumcised through their faith.
[31] Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.

Matthew 9:9-15
[9] As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax office; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.
[10] And as he sat at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Jesus and his disciples.
[11] And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
[12] But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.
[13] Go and learn what this means, `I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
[14] Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?”
[15] And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.

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June 13 (Daily Scripture)

St. Gayane and her companions,
Tone: ԲՁ

Proverbs 1:20-22
Baruch 4:36-5:4
II Corinthians 6:16-7:1
John 16:1-4

Proverbs 1:20-22
[20] Wisdom cries aloud in the street;
in the markets she raises her voice;
[21] on the top of the walls she cries out;
at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:
[22] “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?
How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing
and fools hate knowledge?

Baruch 4:36-5:4
[36] Look toward the east, O Jerusalem,
and see the joy that is coming to you from God!
[37] Behold, your sons are coming, whom you sent away;
they are coming, gathered from east and west,
at the word of the Holy One,
rejoicing in the glory of God.

Chapter 5
[1] Take off the garment of your sorrow and affliction,
O Jerusalem,
and put on for ever the beauty of the glory from God.
[2] Put on the robe of the righteousness from God;
put on your head the diadem of the glory of the Everlasting.
[3] For God will show your splendor everywhere under heaven.
[4] For your name will for ever be called by God,
“Peace of righteousness and glory of godliness.”

II Corinthians 6:16-7:1
[16] 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.
[17] Therefore come out from them,
and be separate from them, says the Lord,
and touch nothing unclean;
then I will welcome you,
[18] and I will be a father to you,
and you shall be my sons and daughters,
says the Lord Almighty.”

Chapter 7
[1] 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.

John 16:1-4
[1] “I have said all this to you to keep you from falling away.
[2] 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.
[3] And they will do this because they have not known the Father, nor me.
[4] 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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June 12 (Daily Scripture)

St. Hripsime and her companions,
Tone: ԱԿ

Proverbs 31:29-31
Isaiah 61:10-62:3
Romans 15:30-16:2
Matthew 10:26-33

Proverbs 31:29-31
[29] “Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
[30] Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
[31] Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.

Isaiah 61:10-62:3
[10] I will greatly rejoice in the LORD,
my soul shall exult in my God;
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
[11] For as the earth brings forth its shoots,
and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,
so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise
to spring forth before all the nations.

Chapter 62
[1] For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,
until her vindication goes forth as brightness,
and her salvation as a burning torch.
[2] The nations shall see your vindication,
and all the kings your glory;
and you shall be called by a new name
which the mouth of the LORD will give.
[3] You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD,
and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.

Romans 15:30-16:2
[30] I appeal to you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf,
[31] that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints,
[32] so that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company.
[33] The God of peace be with you all. Amen.

Chapter 16
[1] I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deaconess of the church at Cen’chre-ae,
[2] that you may receive her in the Lord as befits the saints, and help her in whatever she may require from you, for she has been a helper of many and of myself as well.

Matthew 10:26-33
[26] “So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.
[27] What I tell you in the dark, utter in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim upon the housetops.
[28] And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
[29] Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s will.
[30] But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.
[31] Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
[32] So every one who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven;
[33] but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.

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