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St. John Damascene 

Confessor, Doctor of the Church

March 27

Epistle  •  Wisdom 10:10-14

Lesson from the Book of Wisdom.

[The Lord guided the just in the same manner as His Wisdom guided the holy fathers.]

The Lord conducted the just through the right ways, and showed him the kingdom of God, and gave him the knowledge of the holy things: made him honorable in his labors, and accomplished his labors. In the deceit of them that overreached him, He stood by him, and made him honorable. He kept him safe from his enemies, and He defended him from seducers and gave him a strong conflict, that he might overcome and know that wisdom is mightier than all.

He forsook not the just when he was sold, but delivered him from sinners: He went down with him into the pit, and in bands He left him not, till He brought him the sceptre of the kingdom, and power against those that oppressed him; and showed them to be liars that had accused him: and the Lord our God gave him everlasting glory.

Gospel  •  Luke 6:6-11

Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Luke. 

[Christ cures a man with a withered hand upon the Sabbath day.]

At that time: It came to pass also on another Sabbath, that Jesus entered into the synagogue, and taught. And there was a man whose right hand was withered. And the Scribes and Pharisees watched if He would heal on the Sabbath; that they might find an accusation against Him. But He knew their thoughts; and said to the man who had the withered hand: Arise, and stand forth in the midst. And rising he stood forth.

Then Jesus said to them: I ask you, if it be lawful on the Sabbath days to do good or to do evil; to save life, or to destroy? And looking round about on them all, He said to the man: Stretch forth thy hand. And he stretched it forth, and his hand was restored. And they were filled with madness; and they talked one with another, what they might do to Jesus.