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August 3, 2018
Venerable Anthony the Roman, abbot and Wonderworker of Novgorod (1147)
Venerable Isaac, Dalmatos and Faustos, ascetics of the Dalmatian Monastery in Constantinople (4th-5th)
Holy Myrrhbearing Woman Salome
Venerable John the Confessor, abbot of Patalareia
Nine Kherkheulidze brothers with their sister and mother and 9000 Martyrs of Marabda
Venerable Cosmas, the Eunuch and Hermit of Palestine (6th)
Martyr Razhden the Persian of Georgia (457)
Hieromartyr Stephen, Pope of Rome and those with him (257)
Friday of the 10th week after Pentecost
2 Cor 1.12-20 (Epistle)
Brethren, our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you. For we are not writing any other things to you than what you read or understand. Now I trust you will understand, even to the end (as also you have understood us in part), that we are your boast as you also are ours, in the day of the Lord Jesus. And in this confidence I intended to come to you before, that you might have a second benefit – to pass by way of you to Macedonia, to come again from Macedonia to you, and be helped by you on my way to Judea. Therefore, when I was planning this, did I do it lightly? Or the things I plan, do I plan according to the flesh, that with me there should be Yes, Yes, and No, No? But as God is faithful, our word to you was not Yes and No. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us – by me, Silvanus, and Timothy – was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes. For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
Matt 22.23-33 (Gospel)
At that time, the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus and asked Him, saying: “Teacher, Moses said that if a man dies, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife and raise up offspring for his brother. Now there were with us seven brothers. The first died after he had married, and having no offspring, left his wife to his brother. Likewise the second also, and the third, even to the seventh. Last of all the woman died also. Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife of the seven will she be? For they all had her. Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of God in heaven. But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, saying, ’I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.” And when the multitudes heard this, they were astonished at His teaching.