Saints John and Paul
Epistle • Ecclesiasticus 44:10-15
Lesson from the Book of Ecclesiasticus.
[The Church applies to the Martyrs the praises of the holy Fathers.]These are men of mercy, whose godly deeds have not failed: good things continue with their seed, their posterity are a holy inheritance, and their seed stood in the covenants: and their children for their sakes remain for ever: their seed and their glory shall not be forsaken. Their bodies are buried in peace, and their name liveth unto generation and generation. Let the people show forth their wisdom and the Church declare their praise.
Gospel • Luke 12:1-8
Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Luke.
[Christ warns us against the fear of the world, and covetousness: and admonishes all to watch.]
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. For there is nothing covered that shall not be revealed: nor hidden that shall not be known. For whatsoever things you have spoken in darkness shall be published in the light: and that which you have spoken in the ear in the chambers shall be preached on the housetops.
And I say to you, My friends: Be not afraid of them who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do. But I will show you whom you shall fear: Fear ye him who, after he hath killed, hath power to cast into hell. Yea, I say to you: Fear him.
Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? Yea, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: you are of more value than many sparrows. And I say to you: Whosoever shall confess Me before men, him shall the Son of Man also confess before the Angels of God.
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