Epistle Reading: Acts 23:1-11
Then Paul, looking earnestly at the council, said, "Men and
brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day."
And the high priest Ananias commanded those who stood by him to
strike him on the mouth.
Then Paul said to him, "God will strike you, you whitewashed
wall! For you sit to judge me according to the law, and do you command me
to be struck contrary to the law?"
And those who stood by said, "Do you revile God's high priest?"
Then Paul said, "I did not know, brethren, that he was the high
priest; for it is written, 'You shall not speak evil of the ruler of your
But when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the
other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, "Men and brethren, I am a
Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee; concerning the hope and resurrection of
the dead I am being judged!"
And when he had said this, a dissension arose between the
Pharisees and the Sadducees; and the assembly was divided.
For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection; and no
angel or spirit; but the Pharisees confess both.
Then there arose a loud outcry. And the scribes who were of the
Pharisees' party arose and protested, saying, "We find no evil in this man;
but if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him, let us not fight against God."
And when there arose a great dissension, the commander,
fearing lest Paul might be pulled to pieces by them, commanded the soldiers
to go down and take him by force from among them, and bring him into the
But the following night the Lord stood by him and said, "Be of
good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you
must also bear witness at Rome."
Gospel Reading: John 16:15-23
"All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said
that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.
"A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little
while, and you will see Me, because I go to the Father."
Then some of His disciples said among themselves, "What is
this that He says to us, 'A little while, and you will not see Me; and
again a little while, and you will see Me'; and, 'because I go to the
They said therefore, "What is this that He says, 'A little
while'? We do not know what He is saying."
Now Jesus knew that they desired to ask Him, and He said to
them, "Are you inquiring among yourselves about what I said, 'A little
while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see
"Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament,
but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will
be turned into joy.
"A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour
has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer
remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the
"Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and
your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.
"And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I
say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.
Saints and Feasts
Hilarion the New of Dalmation Monastery; Bessarion the Wonderworker of Egypt; 5 Virgins of Caesarea: Martha, Mary, Cyris, Valeria & Marcia