Epistle Reading: Hebrews 11:24-26,32-12:2
By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called
the son of Pharaoh's daughter,
choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God
than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,
esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the
treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.
And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to
tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel
and the prophets:
who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness,
obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the
sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned
to flight the armies of the aliens.
Women received their dead raised to life again. And others
were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better
Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and
of chains and imprisonment.
They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were
slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins,
being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts
and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.
And all these, having obtained a good testimony through
faith, did not receive the promise,
God having provided something better for us, that they
should not be made perfect apart from us.
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a
cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so
easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set
looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith,
who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the
shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Gospel Reading: John 1:43-51
The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found
Philip and said to him, "Follow Me."
Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found Him of
whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote; Jesus of Nazareth, the
son of Joseph."
And Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of
Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see."
Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, "Behold,
an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!"
Nathanael said to Him, "How do You know me?" Jesus answered and
said to him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I
Nathanael answered and said to Him, "Rabbi, You are the Son of
God! You are the King of Israel!"
Jesus answered and said to him, "Because I said to you, 'I saw
you under the fig tree,' do you believe? You will see greater things than
And He said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter
you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending
upon the Son of Man."
Saints and Feasts
Sophronius, Patriarch of Jerusalem; Theodora the Righteous; Pionios the Presbyter; George the New Wonderworker of Constantinople