Epistle Reading: Acts 1:1-8
The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach.
until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the
Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen,
to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by
many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking
of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to
depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, "which,"
He said, "you have heard from Me;
"for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized
with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."
Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, "
Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?"
And He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons
which the Father has put in His own authority.
"But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon
you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and
Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
Gospel Reading: John 1:1-17
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and
the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was
made that was made.
In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that
all through him might believe.
He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that
That was the true Light which gives light to every man who comes
into the world.
He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and
the world did not know Him.
He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to
become children of God, even to those who believe in His name:
who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor
of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His
glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and
John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, "This was He of
whom I said, 'He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was
before me.' "
And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.
For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came
through Jesus Christ.
Saints and Feasts
Holy Pascha; Theodore of Sykeon; Nathaniel, Luke, & Clemente the Apostles; Nearchos the Martyr