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November 29, 2019
Hieromartyr Abibas, bishop of Nekressi in Georgia (5th)
Martyr Paramon and 370 Martyrs in Bithynia (250)
Venerable Akakios of Sinai, mentioned in The Ladder (6th)
Hieromartyr Dionysios, bishop of Corinth
Martyr Philoumenos of Ancyra and with him Martyrs Valerian and Phaedrus (c274)
Venerable Pitirim of Egypt
Righteous Taridates the King
Venerable Nectarius the Obedient, of the Kiev Caves (12th)
Friday of the 24th week after Pentecost
1 Thess 5.9-13, 24-28 (Epistle)
Brethren, God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing. And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves. . . . He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. Brethren, pray for us. Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss. I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read to all the holy brethren. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
Luke 20.19-26 (Gospel)
At that time, the chief priests and the scribes sought to lay hands on Jesus, but they feared the people – for they knew He had spoken this parable against them. So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, that they might seize on His words, in order to deliver Him to the power and the authority of the governor. Then they asked Him, saying, “Teacher, we know that You say and teach rightly, and You do not show personal favoritism, but teach the way of God in truth: Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not? But He perceived their craftiness, and said to them, “Why do you test Me? Show Me a denarius. Whose image and inscription does it have? They answered and said, “Caesar’s.” And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” But they could not catch Him in His words in the presence of the people. And they marveled at His answer and kept silent.