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St. Gregory Thaumaturgus

(the Wonderworker)

Bishop, Confessor

November 17

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

Lesson from the Book of Ecclesiasticus.

[The Church applies to the Confessor Bishops 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  •  Mark 11:22-24

Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Mark.  

[Pray and you shall receive.]

At that time, Jesus answering, said to His disciples, Have the faith of God. Amen, I say to you, that whosoever shall say to this mountain, Be thou removed and be cast into the sea; and shall not stagger in his heart, but believe that whatsoever he hath said shall be done, it shall be done unto him. Therefore I say unto you, all things whatsoever you ask when ye pray, believe that you shall receive, and they shall come unto you.

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