Thursday in the Octave of Pentecost
Epistle • Acts 8:5-9
Lesson from the Acts of the Apostles.
[Philip the Deacon, filled with the Holy Ghost, preached the Gospel in Samaria, and worked many miracles.]
In those days Philip, going down to the city of Samaria, preached Christ unto them. And the people with one accord were attentive to those things which were said by Philip, hearing, and seeing the miracles which he did. For many of them who had unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, went out. And many taken with the palsy, and that were lame, were healed. There was therefore great joy in that city.
Gospel • Luke 9:1-6
Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Luke.
[St. Luke, the Evangelist, reminds us that Our Lord Jesus Christ conferred on His Apostles the power of working miracles and commanded them to preach everywhere the Kingdom of God.]
At that time Jesus, calling together the twelve Apostles, gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And He sent them to preach the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick. And he said to them: Take nothing for your journey, neither staff, nor scrip, nor bread, nor money; neither have two coats. And whatsoever house you shall enter into, abide there, and depart not from thence. And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off even the dust of your feet for a testimony against them. And going out, they went about through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing everywhere.