Fifth Saturday of Pascha
The Lesson of the Acts of the Holy Apostles.
Acts §37 (15:35-41a).
In those days: Paul and Barnabas continued at Antioch, teaching and preaching, with many others, the word of the Lord. And after some days, Paul said to Barnabas: “Let us return and visit our brethren in all the cities wherein we have preached the word of the Lord, to see how they do.” And Barnabas would have taken with them John also, that was surnamed Mark; but Paul desired that he (as having departed from them out of Pamphylia, and not gone with them to the work) might not be received. And there arose a dissension, so that they departed one from another; and Barnabas indeed taking Mark, sailed to Cyprus. But Paul choosing Silas, departed, being delivered by the brethren to the grace of God. And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint John.
Saint John §38 (10:27-38).
The Lord said unto the Jews that came unto Him: “My sheep hear My voice: and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them life everlasting; and they shall not perish for ever, and no man shall pluck them out of My hand. That which My Father hath given Me, is greater than all: and no one can snatch them out of the hand of My Father. I and the Father are one.” The Jews then took up stones to stone Him. Jesus answered them: “Many good works I have shewed you from My Father; for which of these works do you stone Me?” The Jews answered Him: “For a good work we stone Thee not, but for blasphemy; and because that Thou, being a man, maketh Thyself God.” Jesus answered them: “Is it not written in your law: ‘I said you are gods?’ If he called them gods, to whom the word of God was spoken, and the scripture cannot be broken; do you say of Him Whom the Father hath sanctified and sent into the world: ‘Thou blasphemest,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God?’ If I do not the works of My Father, believe Me not. But if I do, though you will not believe Me, believe the works: that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father.”