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March 31, 2021
Repose of Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Innocent, Metropolitan of Moscow and Enlightener of the America (1879)
St Hypatios the Wonderworker, bishop of Gangra (c326)
Venerable Hypatius, abbot of Rufinus in Chalcedon (c446)
Venerable Apollonius, ascetic of the Thebaid (4th)
Hieromartyrs Avdas, bishop of Persia, and the Deacon Benjamin (418-424)
St Jonah, metropolitan of Kiev and Wonderworker of All Russia (1461)
Venerable Hypatius the Healer of the Kiev Caves (14th)
Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent; Repose St Innocent, Metr. Moscow and Apostle to Americas
Gen 7.6-9 (Vespers)
Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters were on the earth. So Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives, went into the ark because of the waters of the flood. Of clean animals, of animals that are unclean, of birds, and of everything that creeps on the earth, two by two they went into the ark to Noah, male and female, as God had commanded Noah.
Prov 9.12-18 (Vespers)
My son, if you become wise in yourself, you shall also be wise toward your neighbor; But if you prove to be evil, you alone will go through troubles. He who supports himself with lies will shepherd winds And chase flying birds; For he abandoned the ways of his own vineyard And strayed from paths of his own farming; And he will pass through a waterless desert, A land assigned to drought, And he gathers barrenness with his hands. A woman in need of a morsel is without discernment and overbold; She has no sense of shame. She sits upon the doors of her own house, Upon a seat openly in the streets, Calling to those who pass by And who go sraight along their paths, “He who is very lacking in discernment, let him turn aside to me; And he who is in need of discernment, I exhort, saying, ‘Grasp with pleasure the secret bread And the Sweet water of theft.’” But he does not know that the inhabitants of the earth perish beside her, And he happens upon a snare of Hades. But hurry off, do not continue in that place, Neither set your eye toward her; For so you shall pass through strange water And cross beyond a strange river; And keep away from strange water, And do not drink from a strange fountain; That you may live a long time And add years of life to yourself.
Heb 7.26-8.2 (Epistle—St Innocent)
Brethren, such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself. For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever. Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man.
John 10.9-16 (Gospel—St Innocent)
The Lord said to the Jews that came to Him: I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.