Epistle Reading: Hebrews 12:28-13:8
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be
shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with
reverence and godly fear.
For our God is a consuming fire.
Let brotherly love continue.
Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some
have unwittingly entertained angels.
Remember the prisoners as if chained with them, and those
who are mistreated, since you yourselves are in the body also.
Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but
fornicators and adulterers God will judge.
Let your conduct be without covetousness, and be content
with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave
you nor forsake you."
So we may boldly say: "The LORD is my helper; I will not
fear. What can man do to me?"
Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word
of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Gospel Reading: John 11:1-45
Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of
Mary and her sister Martha.
It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and
wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.
Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, "Lord, behold, he
whom You love is sick."
When Jesus heard that, He said, "This sickness is not unto
death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified
Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in
the place where He was.
Then after this He said to the disciples, "Let us go to Judea
The disciples said to Him, "Rabbi, lately the Jews sought to
stone You, and are You going there again?"
Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours in the day? If
anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of
"But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the
light is not in him."
These things He said, and after that He said to them, "Our
friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up."
Then His disciples said, "Lord, if he sleeps he will get well."
However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He
was speaking about taking rest in sleep.
Then Jesus said to them plainly, "Lazarus is dead.
"And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you
may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him."
Then Thomas, who is called Didymus, said to his fellow
disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with Him."
So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the
tomb four days.
Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away.
And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and
Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.
Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went
and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house.
Then Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if You had been here, my
brother would not have died.
"But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will
Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."
Martha said to Him, "I know that he will rise again in the
resurrection at the last day."
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who
believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.
"And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you
She said to Him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ,
the Son of God, who is to come into the world."
And when she had said these things, she went her way and
secretly called Mary her sister, saying, "The Teacher has come and is
calling for you."
As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly and came to Him.
Now Jesus had not yet come into the town, but was in the place
where Martha met Him.
Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and comforting
her, when they saw that Mary rose up quickly and went out, followed her,
saying, "She is going to the tomb to weep there."
Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell
down at His feet, saying to Him, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother
would not have died."
Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came
with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled.
And He said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to Him, "
Lord, come and see."
Then the Jews said, "See how He loved him!"
And some of them said, "Could not this Man, who opened the
eyes of the blind, also have kept this man from dying?"
Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It
was a cave, and a stone lay against it.
Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of him
who was dead, said to Him, "Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he
has been dead four days."
Jesus said to her, "Did I not say to you that if you would
believe you would see the glory of God?"
Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead
man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, "Father, I thank You
that You have heard Me.
"And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the
people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent
Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, "
Lazarus, come forth!"
And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with
graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "
Loose him, and let him go."
Then many of the Jews who had come to Mary, and had seen the
things Jesus did, believed in Him.
Saints and Feasts
Lazarus Saturday; Aristarchus, Pudens, Trophimus the Apostles of the 70; Thomais the Martyr of Alexandria