Fifth Tuesday of Pascha
The Lesson of the Acts of the Holy Apostles.
Acts §31 (12:25-13:12).
In those days: Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, having fulfilled their ministry, taking with them John, who was surnamed Mark. Now there were in the church which was at Antioch, prophets and doctors, among whom was Barnabas, and Simon who was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manahen, who was the foster brother of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. And as they were ministering to the Lord, and fasting, the Holy Ghost said to them: “Separate Me Saul and Barnabas, for the work whereunto I have taken them.” Then they, fasting and praying, and imposing their hands upon them, sent them away. So they being sent by the Holy Ghost, went to Seleucia: and from thence they sailed to Cyprus. And when they were come to Salamina, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had John also in the ministry. And when they had gone through the whole island, as far as Paphos, they found a certain man, a magician, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar-jesu: who was with the proconsul Sergius Paulus, a prudent man. He sending for Barnabas and Saul, desired to hear the word of God. But Elymas the magician (for so his name is interpreted) withstood them, seeking to turn away the proconsul from the faith. Then Saul, otherwise Paul, filled with the Holy Ghost, looking upon him, said: “O full of all guile, and of all deceit, child of the devil, enemy of all justice, thou ceasest not to pervert the right ways of the Lord. And now behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a time.” And immediately there fell a mist and darkness upon him, and going about, he sought some one to lead him by the hand. Then the proconsul, when he had seen what was done, believed, admiring at the doctrine of the Lord.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint John.
Saint John §33 (8:51-59).
The Lord said unto the Jews that came unto Him: “Amen, amen I say to you: If any man keep My word, he shall not see death for ever.” The Jews therefore said: “Now we know that Thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and Thou sayest: ‘If any man keep My word, he shall not taste death for ever.’ Art Thou greater than our father Abraham, who is dead? And the prophets are dead. Whom dost Thou make Thyself?” Jesus answered: “If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing. It is my Father that glorifieth Me, of Whom you say that He is your God. And you have not known Him, but I know Him. And if I shall say that I know Him not, I shall be like to you, a liar. But I do know Him, and do keep His word. Abraham your father rejoiced that he might see My day: he saw it, and was glad.” The Jews therefore said to Him: “Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast Thou seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them: “Amen, amen I say to you, before Abraham was made, I am.” They took up stones therefore to cast at Him. But Jesus hid Himself, and went out of the temple.