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St. Martin of Tours

Bishop, Confessor

November 11

Epistle  •  Ecclesiasticus 44:16-27; 45:3-20

Lesson from the Book of Ecclesiasticus.

[The Church applies to the Bishop Confessors the praises of the Holy Fathers.]

Behold, a great priest, who in his days pleased God, and was found just; and in the time of wrath he was made a reconciliation. There was not found the like to him who kept the law of the Most High.

Therefore by an oath the Lord made him to increase among his people, He gave him the blessing of all nations, and confirmed His covenant upon his head. He acknowledged him in His blessings; He preserved for him His mercy; and he found grace before the eyes of the Lord. He glorified him in the sight of kings, and gave him a crown of glory.

He made an everlasting covenant with him, and gave him a great priesthood: and made him blessed in glory. To execute the office of the priesthood, and to have praise in His name, and to offer Him a worthy incense for an odor of sweetness.

Gospel  •  Luke 11:33-36

Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Luke.  

[The Bishops are the light of their flock.]

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples, No man lighteth a candle, and putteth it in a hidden place, nor under a bushel: but upon a candlestick, that they that come in may see the light.

The light of thy body is thy eye. If thy eye be single, thy whole body will be lightsome; but if it be evil, thy body also will be darksome. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. If then thy whole body be lightsome, having no part of darkness, the whole shall be lightsome, and as a bright lamp shall enlighten thee.

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