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January 4, 2019
Synaxis of the Holy 70 Apostles
Venerable Martyr Onouphrios of Chilander on Mt Athos (1818)
Martyrs Zosima the Hermit and Athanasios the Superintendent of Prisoners, Anchorites in Cilicia (3rd-4th)
Venerable Theoctistus, abbot at Cucomo in Sicily (800)
Venerable Euthymios the New of Thessalonika
St Aquila, deacon of the Kiev Caves
Venerable Euthymios the abbot and twelve monks martyred at Vatopedi Monastery on Mt Athos (1275-1281)
Martyrs Chrysanthos and Euphemia
Repose of St Eustathios, archbishop of Serbia (1285)
Friday of the 32nd week after Pentecost; Forefeast of Theophany; Royal Hours of Theophany
1 Peter 1.1-2, 10-12, 2.6-10 (Epistle)
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied. . . . Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven – things which angels desire to look into. . . . Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.” Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,” and “A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense.” They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed. But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.
Mark 13.1-8 (Gospel)
At that time, as Jesus was going out of the temple, one of His disciples said to Him, “Teacher, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!” And Jesus answered and said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone shall be left upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked Him privately, Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign when all these things will be fulfilled? And Jesus, answering them, began to say: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and will deceive many. But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles. These are the beginnings of sorrows.