Epistle Reading: 1 John 3:11-20
For this is the message that you heard from the beginning,
that we should love one another,
not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his
brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his
Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you.
We know that we have passed from death to life, because we
love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death.
Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no
murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us.
And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in
need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in
My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but
in deed and in truth.
And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall
assure our hearts before Him.
For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart,
and knows all things.
Gospel Reading: Mark 14:10-42
Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went to the chief
priests to betray Him to them.
So when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give
him money. So he sought how he might conveniently betray Him.
Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they killed the
Passover lamb, His disciples said to Him, "Where do You want us to go and
prepare, that You may eat the Passover?"
So He sent out two of His disciples and said to them, "Go into
the city, and a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him.
"And wherever he goes in, say to the master of the house, '
The Teacher says, "Where is the guest room in which I may eat the Passover
with My disciples?" '
"Then he will show you a large upper room, furnished and
prepared; there make ready for us."
And His disciples went out, and came into the city, and found
it just as He had said to them; and they prepared the Passover.
In the evening He came with the twelve.
Now as they sat and ate, Jesus said, "Assuredly, I say to you,
one of you who eats with Me will betray Me."
And they began to be sorrowful, and to say to Him one by one, "
Is it I?" And another said, "Is it I?"
Then He answered and said to them, "It is one of the twelve,
who dips with Me in the dish.
"The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but
woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good
for that man if he had never been born."
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed it and
broke it, and gave it to them and said, "Take, eat; this is My body."
Then He took the cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it
to them, and they all drank from it.
And He said to them, "This is My blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for many.
"Assuredly, I say to you, I will no longer drink of the fruit
of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God."
And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of
Then Jesus said to them, "All of you will be made to stumble
because of Me this night, for it is written: 'I will strike the Shepherd,
and the sheep will be scattered.'
"But after I have been raised, I will go before you to
But Peter said to Him, "Even if all are made to stumble, yet I
will not be."
And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you that today,
even this night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three
But he spoke more vehemently, "If I have to die with You, I
will not deny You!" And they all said likewise.
Then they came to a place which was named Gethsemane; and He
said to His disciples, "Sit here while I pray."
And He took Peter, James, and John with Him, and He began to
be troubled and deeply distressed.
Then He said to them, "My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even
to death. Stay here and watch."
He went a little farther, and fell on the ground, and prayed
that if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him.
And He said, "Abba, Father, all things are possible for You.
Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You
Then He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, "
Simon, are you sleeping? Could you not watch one hour?
"Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit
truly is ready, but the flesh is weak."
Again He went away and prayed, and spoke the same words.
And when He returned, He found them asleep again, for their
eyes were heavy; and they did not know what to answer Him.
Then He came the third time and said to them, "Are you still
sleeping and resting? It is enough! The hour has come; behold, the Son of
Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.
"Rise up, let us go. See, My betrayer is at hand."
Saints and Feasts
Leo, Bishop of Catania; Agathus, Pope of Rome; Bessarion the Great