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September 5, 2017
Holy Prophet Zechariah and Righteous Elizabeth, parents of St John the Baptist (1st)
Virgin-martyr Raissa of Alexandria (c308)
Martyr Abidas of Persia (5th)
Martyrs Urban, Theodore, Medimnos and with them 67 at Nicomedia (370)
Appearance of the Apostle Peter to Emperor Justinian in Athera
Hieromartyr Athanasius of Brest (1648)
Martyrs Thiphael and his sister Thebaia (1st-2nd)
Martyred Soldiers Juventinus and Maximus (c362)
Tuesday of the 14th week after Pentecost
2 Cor 12.20-13.2 (Epistle)
Brethren, I fear lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I wish, and that I shall be found by you such as you do not wish; lest there be contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, backbitings, whisperings, conceits, tumults; lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and I shall mourn for many who have sinned before and have not repented of the uncleanness, fornication, and lewdness which they have practiced. This will be the third time I am coming to you. “By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established.” I have told you before, and foretell as if I were present the second time, and now being absent I write to those who have sinned before, and to all the rest, that if I come again I will not spare.
Mark 4.24-34 (Gospel)
The Lord said to His disciples, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come. Then He said, “To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we picture it? It is like a mustard seed which, when it is sown on the ground, is smaller than all the seeds on earth; but when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all herbs, and shoots out large branches, so that the birds of the air may nest under its shade. And with many such parables He spoke the word to them as they were able to hear it. But without a parable He did not speak to them. And when they were alone, He explained all things to His disciples.