Epistle Reading: James 5:10-20
My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the
Lord, as an example of suffering and patience.
Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the
perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord; that the Lord is
very compassionate and merciful.
But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or
by earth or with any other oath. But let your "Yes," be"Yes," and your "No," "
No," lest you fall into judgment.
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone
cheerful? Let him sing psalms.
Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the
church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of
And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will
raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one
another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a
righteous man avails much.
Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed
earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three
years and six months.
And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth
produced its fruit.
Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and
someone turns him back,
let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his
way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.
Gospel Reading: Luke 4:22-30
So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words
which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, "Is this not Joseph's son?"
And He said to them, "You will surely say this proverb to Me, '
Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also
here in Your country.' "
Then He said, "Assuredly, I say to you, no prophet is accepted
in his own country.
"But I tell you truly, many widows were in Israel in the days
of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and
there was a great famine throughout all the land;
"but to none of them was Elijah sent except to Zarephath, in
the region of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow.
"And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Elisha the
prophet, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian."
Then all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things,
were filled with wrath,
and rose up and thrust Him out of the city; and they led Him to
the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw
Him down over the cliff.
Then passing through the midst of them, He went His way.
Saints and Feasts
The Glorious Prophet Elias (Elijah)