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July 19, 2021
Uncovering of the relics of Venerable Seraphim the Wonderworker of Sarov (1903)
Venerable Macrina, sister of St Basil the Great (380)
Venerable Dios, abbot of Antioch (c430)
Blessed Roman (Olegovich), Prince of Ryazan (1270)
Blessed Stephen, King of Serbia (1427) and his mother St Militsa (1405)
Venerable Paisius of the Kiev Caves (14th)
Monday of the 5th week after Pentecost; Unc. Rel. Ven. Seraphim of Sarov
Rom 12.4-5, 15-21 (Epistle)
Brethren, as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. . . . Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Gal 5.22-6.2 (Epistle—St Seraphim)
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.
Matt 12.9-13 (Gospel)
At that time, Jesus went into the Jewish synagogue. And behold, there was a man who had a withered hand. And they asked Him, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” – that they might accuse Him. Then He said to them, “What man is there among you who has one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not lay hold of it and lift it out? Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath. Then He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and it was restored as whole as the other.
Luke 6.17-23 (Gospel—St Seraphim)
At that time, Jesus stood on a level place with a crowd of His disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases, as well as those who were tormented with unclean spirits. And they were healed. And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all. Then He lifted up His eyes toward His disciples, and said: Blessed are you poor, For yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, For you shall be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, For you shall laugh. Blessed are you when men hate you, And when they exclude you, And revile you, and cast out your name as evil, For the Son of Man’s sake. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven.