Fifth Thursday of Pascha
The Lesson of the Acts of the Holy Apostles.
Acts §35 (14:19b-26).
In those days: Paul departed with Barnabas to Derbe. And when they had preached the Gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and to Antioch: confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith: and that through many tribulations we must enter into the Kingdom of God. And when they had ordained to them priests in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, in whom they believed. And passing through Pisidia, they came into Pamphylia. And having spoken the word of the Lord in Perge, they went down into Attalia: and thence they sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been delivered to the grace of God, unto the work which they accomplished. And when they were come, and had assembled the church, they related what great things God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint John.
Saint John §35a (9:39-10:9).
The Lord said unto the Jews that came unto Him: “For judgment I am come into this world; that they who see not, may see; and they who see, may become blind.” And some of the Pharisees, who were with Him, heard: and they said unto Him: “Are we also blind?” Jesus said to them: “If you were blind, you should not have sin: but now you say: ‘We see.’ Your sin remaineth. Amen, amen I say to you: He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up another way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he hath let out his own sheep, he goeth before them: and the sheep follow him, because they know his voice. But a stranger they follow not, but fly from him, because they know not the voice of strangers.” This proverb Jesus spoke to them. But they understood not what He spoke to them. Jesus therefore said to them again: “Amen, amen I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All others, as many as have come, are thieves and robbers: and the sheep heard them not. I am the door. By me, if any man enter in, he shall be saved: and he shall go in, and go out, and shall find pastures.”