Epistle Reading: 1 John 3:21-4:6
Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence
And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His
commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.
And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the
name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us
Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in
him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits,
whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the
By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that
confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,
and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has
come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist,
which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them,
because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world,
and the world hears them.
We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God
does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of
Gospel Reading: Mark 14:43-15:1
And immediately, while He was still speaking, Judas, one of
the twelve, with a great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the
chief priests and the scribes and the elders.
Now His betrayer had given them a signal, saying, "Whomever I
kiss, He is the One; take Him and lead Him away safely."
And as soon as He had come, immediately he went up to Him and
said to Him, "Rabbi, Rabbi!" and kissed Him.
Then they laid their hands on Him and took Him.
And one of those who stood by drew his sword and struck the
servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.
Then Jesus answered and said to them, "Have you come out, as
against a robber, with swords and clubs to take Me?
"I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and you did not
take Me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled."
Then they all forsook Him and fled.
Now a certain young man followed Him, having a linen cloth
thrown around his naked body. And the young men laid hold of him,
and he left the linen cloth and fled from them naked.
And they led Jesus away to the high priest; and with him were
assembled all the chief priests, the elders, and the scribes.
But Peter followed Him at a distance, right into the courtyard
of the high priest. And he sat with the servants and warmed himself at the
And the chief priests and all the council sought testimony
against Jesus to put Him to death, and found none.
For many bore false witness against Him, but their testimonies
did not agree.
And some rose up and bore false witness against Him, saying,
"We heard Him say, 'I will destroy this temple that is made
with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.' "
But not even then did their testimony agree.
And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus,
saying, "Do You answer nothing? What is it these men testify against You?"
But He kept silent and answered nothing. Again the high priest
asked Him, saying to Him, "Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?"
And Jesus said, "I am. And you will see the Son of Man sitting
at the right hand of the Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven."
Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, "What further
need do we have of witnesses?
"You have heard the blasphemy! What do you think?" And they
all condemned Him to be worthy of death.
Then some began to spit on Him, and to blindfold Him, and to
beat Him, and to say to Him, "Prophesy!" And the officers struck Him with
the palms of their hands.
Now as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant
girls of the high priest came.
And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked at him and
said, "You also were with Jesus of Nazareth."
But he denied it, saying, "I neither know nor understand what
you are saying." And he went out on the porch, and a rooster crowed.
And the servant girl saw him again, and began to say to those
who stood by, "This is one of them."
But he denied it again. And a little later those who stood by
said to Peter again, "Surely you are one of them; for you are a Galilean,
and your speech shows it."
But he began to curse and swear, "I do not know this Man of
whom you speak!"
And a second time the rooster crowed. And Peter called to mind
the word that Jesus had said to him, "Before the rooster crows twice, you
will deny Me three times." And when he thought about it, he wept.
Immediately, in the morning, the chief priests held a
consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council; and they
bound Jesus, led Him away, and delivered Him to Pilate.
Saints and Feasts
Timothy the Righteous; John III, Patriarch of Constantinople; Eustathius, Bishop of Antioch; Zachariah, Patriarch of Jerusalem