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December 5, 2018
Venerable Sabbas the Sanctified (532)
Venerable Martyrs of Karyes on Mt Athos, who suffered at the hands of the Latinizers
Venerable Karion and Zacharias of Egypt (4th)
Nicetas, bishop of Trier (Gaul)
Venerable Nectarius of Serbia and his teacher, Philotheos of Mt Athos (14th)
St Gurias, archbishop of Kazan (1563)
Wednesday of the 28th week after Pentecost; Ven. Sabbas the Sanctified
2 Tim 4.9-22 (Epistle)
My son Timothy, be diligent to come to me quickly; for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for ThessalonIca – Crescens for Galatia, Titus for Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministry. And Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus. Bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas when you come – and the books, especially the parchments. Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm. May the Lord repay him according to his works. You also must beware of him, for he has greatly resisted our words. At my first defense no one stood with me, but all forsook me. May it not be charged against them. But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen! Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus. Erastus stayed in Corinth, but Trophimus I have left in Miletus sick. Do your utmost to come before winter. Eubulus greets you, as well as Pudens, Linus, Claudia, and all the brethren. The Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.
Gal 5.22-6.2 (Epistle—St Sabbas)
Brethren, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Luke 21.5-7, 10-11, 20-24 (Gospel)
At that time, as some spoke of the temple to Jesus, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and donations, He said, These things which you see – the days will come in which not one stone shall be left upon another that shall not be thrown down. So they asked Him, saying, “Teacher, but when will these things be? And what sign will there be when these things are about to take place?” . . . Then He said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven. . . . But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her. For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
Matt 11.27-30 (Gospel—St Sabas)
The Lord said to his disciples: All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.