Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 25:1-9
O LORD, You are my God. I will exalt You, I will praise Your
name, for You have done wonderful things; Your counsels of old are
faithfulness and truth.
For You have made a city a ruin, a fortified city a ruin, a
palace of foreigners to be a city no more; it will never be rebuilt.
Therefore the strong people will glorify You; the city of the
terrible nations will fear You.
For You have been a strength to the poor, a strength to the
needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat; for
the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.
You will reduce the noise of aliens, as heat in a dry place;
as heat in the shadow of a cloud, the song of the terrible ones will be
And in this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all
people a feast of choice pieces, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat
things full of marrow, of well-refined wines on the lees.
And He will destroy on this mountain the surface of the
covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations.
He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord GOD will wipe
away tears from all faces; the rebuke of His people He will take away from
all the earth; for the LORD has spoken.
And it will be said in that day: "Behold, this is our God; we
have waited for Him, and He will save us. This is the LORD; we have waited
for Him; we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation."
Old Testament Reading: Genesis 9:8-17
Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying:
"And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and
with your descendants after you,
"and with every living creature that is with you: the birds,
the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, of all that go out of
the ark, every beast of the earth.
"Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall
all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be
a flood to destroy the earth."
And God said: "This is the sign of the covenant which I make
between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for
"I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the
sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.
"It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the
rainbow shall be seen in the cloud;
"and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and
you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again
become a flood to destroy all flesh.
"The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it
to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature
of all flesh that is on the earth."
And God said to Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant
which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth."
Old Testament Reading: Proverbs 12:8-22
A man will be commended according to his wisdom, but he who
is of a perverse heart will be despised.
Better is the one who is slighted but has a servant, than
he who honors himself but lacks bread.
A righteous man regards the life of his animal, but the
tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
He who tills his land will be satisfied with bread, but he
who follows frivolity is devoid of understanding.
The wicked covet the catch of evil men, but the root of
the righteous yields fruit.
The wicked is ensnared by the transgression of his lips,
but the righteous will come through trouble.
A man will be satisifed with good by the fruit of his
mouth, and the recompense of a man's hands will be rendered to him.
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who
heeds counsel is wise.
A fool's wrath is known at once, but a prudent man covers
He who speaks truth declares righteousness, but a false
There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, but
the tongue of the wise promotes health.
The truthful lip shall be established forever, but a lying
tongue is but for a moment.
Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but
counselors of peace have joy.
No grave trouble will overtake the righteous, but the
wicked shall be filled with evil.
Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who
deal truthfully are His delight.
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The Holy Matrona of Thessalonica; Paul, Bishop of Corinth