Epistle Reading: Acts 4:1-10
Now as they spoke to the people, the priests, the captain of the
temple, and the Sadducees came upon them,
being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached
in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.
And they laid hands on them, and put them in custody until the
next day, for it was already evening.
However, many of those who heard the word believed; and the
number of the men came to be about five thousand.
And it came to pass, on the next day, that their rulers, elders,
as well as Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander,
and as many as were of the family of the high priest, were gathered
together at Jerusalem.
And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, "By what
power or by what name have you done this?"
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers
of the people and elders of Israel:
"If we this day are judged for a good deed done to the helpless
man, by what means he has been made well,
"let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel,
that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God
raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.
Gospel Reading: John 3:16-21
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
"For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the
world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
"He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not
believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of
the only begotten Son of God.
"And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into
the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds
"For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not
come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.
"But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds
may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God."
Saints and Feasts
Jeremias the Prophet; New Martyr Maria of Fourna, Mirabella in Crete; Saint Tamara (Tamar), Queen of Georgia; Nikiforos the Monk of Chios; Synaxis of the Three New Righteous Martyrs of the Holy Mountain, Euthymius, Ignatius, and Acacius