The Forty Holy Martyrs
Epistle • Hebrews 11:33-39
Lesson from the Epistle of Blessed Paul the Apostle to the Hebrews.
[Wonderful fruits and efficacy of Faith.]
Brethren, The Saints through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, recovered strength from weakness, became valiant in battle, put to flight the armies of foreigners: women received their dead raised to life again:
but others were racked, not accepting deliverance, that they might find a better resurrection; and others had trial of mockeries and stripes, moreover also of bands and prisons: they were stoned, they were cut asunder, they were tempted, they were put to death by the sword, they wandered about in sheep-skins, and in goat-skins, being in want, distressed, afflicted, of whom the world was not worthy; wandering in deserts, in mountains, and in dens, and in caves of the earth.
And all these were found approved by the testimony of faith, in Christ Jesus Our Lord.
Gospel • Luke 6:17-23
Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Luke.
[The persecuted disciples of Christ will be rewarded in Heaven.]
At that time, Jesus coming down with them, stood in a plain place, and the company of His disciples, and a very great multitude of people from all Judea, and Jerusalem, and the seacoast both of Tyre and Sidon, who were come to hear Him and to be healed of their diseases. And they that were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all the multitude sought to touch Him: for virtue went out from Him and healed all. And He, lifting up His eyes on His disciples, said:
Blessed are ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are ye that hunger now: for you shall be filled.
Blessed are ye that weep now: for you shall laugh.
Blessed shall you be when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Mans sake. Be glad in that day and rejoice: for behold, your reward is great in Heaven.