Fifth Wednesday of Pascha
The Lesson of the Acts of the Holy Apostles.
Acts §32 (13:13-24).
In those days: When Paul and they that were with him had sailed from Paphos, they came to Perge in Pamphylia. And John departing from them, returned to Jerusalem. But they passing through Perge, came to Antioch in Pisidia: and entering into the synagogue on the sabbath day, they sat down. And after the reading of the law and the prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to them, saying: “Ye men, brethren, if you have any word of exhortation to make to the people, speak.” Then Paul rising up, and with his hand bespeaking silence, said: “Ye men of Israel, and you that fear God, give ear. The God of the people of Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they were sojourners in the land of Egypt, and with an high arm brought them out from thence, and for the space of forty years endured their manners in the desert. And destroying seven nations in the land of Chanaan, divided their land among them, by lot, as it were, after four hundred and fifty years: and after these things, he gave unto them judges, until Samuel the prophet. And after that they desired a king: and God gave them Saul the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, forty years. And when He had removed him, He raised them up David to be king: to whom giving testimony, He said: ‘I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man according to My own heart, who shall do all My wills.’ Of this man’s seed God according to His promise, hath raised up to Israel a Saviour, Jesus: John first preaching, before His coming, the baptism of penance to all the people of Israel.”
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint John.
Saint John §18 (6:5-14).
At that time: When Jesus had lifted up His eyes, and had seen that a very great multitude cometh to Him, He said to Philip: “Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” And this He said to try him; for He Himself knew what He would do. Philip answered Him: “Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one may take a little.” One of His disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, saith to Him: “There is a boy here that hath five barley loaves, and two fishes; but what are these among so many?” Then Jesus said: “Make the men sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. The men therefore sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves: and when He had given thanks, He distributed to them that were set down. In like manner also of the fishes, as much as they would. And when they were filled, He said to his disciples: “Gather up the fragments that remain, lest they be lost.” They gathered up therefore, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above to them that had eaten. Now those men, when they had seen what a miracle Jesus had done, said: “This is of a truth the Prophet, that is to come into the world.”