Epistle Reading: Acts 5:1-11
But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a
And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware
of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles' feet.
But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie
to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself?
"While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold,
was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your
heart? You have not lied to men but to God."
Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his
last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things.
And the young men arose and wrapped him up, carried him out, and
Now it was about three hours later when his wife came in, not
knowing what had happened.
And Peter answered her, "Tell me whether you sold the land for
so much?" And she said, "Yes, for so much."
Then Peter said to her, "How is it that you have agreed together
to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look, the feet of those who have buried
your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out."
Then immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her
last. And the young men came in and found her dead, and carrying her out,
buried her by her husband.
So great fear came upon all the church and upon all who heard
Gospel Reading: John 5:30-6:2
"I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My
judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of
the Father who sent Me.
"If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true.
"There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the
witness which He witnesses of Me is true.
"You have sent to John, and he has bore witness to the truth.
"Yet I do not receive testimony from man, but I say these
things that you may be saved.
"He was the burning and shining lamp, and you were willing for
a time to rejoice in his light.
"But I have a greater witness than John's; for the works which
the Father has given Me to finish; the very works that I do; bear witness
of Me, that the Father has sent Me.
"And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You
have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form.
"But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He
sent, Him you do not believe.
"You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have
eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.
"But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.
"I do not receive honor from men.
"But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you.
"I have come in My Father's name, and you do not receive Me;
if another comes in his own name, him you will receive.
"How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and
do not seek the honor that comes from the only God?
"Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is
one who accuses you; Moses, in whom you trust.
"For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote
"But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe
After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is
the Sea of Tiberias.
Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs
which He performed on those who were diseased.
Saints and Feasts
Pelagia the Nun-martyr of Tarsus; Hilary the Wonderworker; Euthemios, Bishop of Madytos; Athanasios, Bishop of Corinth