Epistle Reading: Jude 1:11-25
Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run
greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion
These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you
without fear, serving only themselves; they are clouds without water,
carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead,
pulled up by the roots;
raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering
stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.
Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men
also, saying, "Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints,
"to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly
among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an
ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken
These are murmurers, complainers, walking according to their
own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain
But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before
by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ:
how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time
who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts.
These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the
But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy
faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,
keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of
our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
And on some have compassion, making a distinction;
but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating
even the garment defiled by the flesh.
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to
present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
to God our Savior, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty,
dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.
Gospel Reading: Luke 23:2-34,44-56
And they began to accuse Him, saying, "We found this fellow
perverting the nation, and forbidding to pay taxes to Caesar, saying that
He Himself is Christ, a King."
So Pilate asked Him, saying, "Are You the King of the Jews?"
And He answered him and said, "It is as you say."
Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowd, "I find no
fault in this Man."
But they were the more fierce, saying, "He stirs up the people,
teaching throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee to this place."
When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked if the Man were a
And as soon as he knew that He belonged to Herod's jurisdiction,
he sent Him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time.
Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad; for he had
desired for a long time to see Him, because he had heard many things about
Him, and he hoped to see some miracle done by Him.
Then he questioned Him with many words, but He answered him
And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused
Then Herod, with his men of war, treated Him with contempt and
mocked Him, arrayed Him in a gorgeous robe, and sent Him back to Pilate.
That very day Pilate and Herod became friends with each other,
for before that they had been at enmity with each other.
Then Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests,
the rulers, and the people,
said to them, "You have brought this Man to me, as one who
misleads the people. And indeed, having examined Him in your presence, I
have found no fault in this Man concerning those things of which you accuse
"no, neither did Herod, for I sent you back to him; and
indeed nothing worthy of death has been done by Him.
"I will therefore chastise Him and release Him"
(for it was necessary for him to release one to them at the
And they all cried out at once, saying, "Away with this Man,
and release to us Barabbas";
who had been thrown into prison for a certain insurrection
made in the city, and for murder.
Pilate, therefore, wishing to release Jesus, again called out
But they shouted, saying, "Crucify Him, crucify Him!"
And he said to them the third time, "Why, what evil has He
done? I have found no reason for death in Him. I will therefore chastise
Him and let Him go."
But they were insistent, demanding with loud voices that He be
crucified. And the voices of these men and of the chief priests prevailed.
So Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they requested.
And he released to them the one they requested, who for
insurrection and murder had been thrown into prison; but he delivered Jesus
to their will.
Now as they led Him away, they laid hold of a certain man,
Simon a Cyrenian, who was coming from the country, and on him they laid the
cross that he might bear it after Jesus.
And a great multitude of the people followed Him, and women
who also mourned and lamented Him.
But Jesus, turning to them, said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do
not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.
"For indeed the days are coming in which they will say, '
Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore, and the breasts which
"Then they will begin 'to say to the mountains, "Fall on us!"
and to the hills, "Cover us!" '
"For if they do these things in the green wood, what will be
done in the dry?"
There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put
And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they
crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on
Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know
what they do." And they divided His garments and cast lots.
And it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over
all the earth until the ninth hour.
Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn
And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, "
Father, 'into Your hands I commend My spirit.' " And having said this, He
breathed His last.
Now when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God,
saying, "Certainly this was a righteous Man!"
And the whole crowd who came together to that sight, seeing
what had been done, beat their breasts and returned.
But all His acquaintances, and the women who followed Him from
Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.
And behold, there was a man named Joseph, a council member, a
good and just man.
He had not consented to their counsel and deed. He was from
Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who himself was also waiting for the kingdom
This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.
Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a
tomb that was hewn out of the rock, where no one had ever lain before.
That day was the Preparation, and the Sabbath drew near.
And the women who had come with Him from Galilee followed
after, and they observed the tomb and how His body was laid.
Then they returned and prepared spices and fragrant oils. And
they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.
Saints and Feasts
Hieromartyr Haralambos; Anastasios, Patriarch of Jerusalem; Porphyrios & Baptos the Monk-martyrs