Fourth Saturday of Pascha
The Lesson of the Acts of the Holy Apostles.
Acts §29 (12:1-11).
In those days: Herod the king stretched forth his hands, to afflict some of the church. And he killed James, the brother of John, with the sword. And seeing that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to take up Peter also. Now it was in the days of the Azymes. And when he had apprehended him, he cast him into prison, delivering him to four files of soldiers to be kept, intending, after the pasch, to bring him forth to the people. Peter therefore was kept in prison. But prayer was made without ceasing by the church unto God for him. And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison. And behold an angel of the Lord stood by him: and a light shined in the room: and he striking Peter on the side, raised him up, saying: “Arise quickly.” And the chains fell off from his hands. And the angel said to him: “Gird thyself, and put on thy sandals.” And he did so. And he said to him: “Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me.” And going out, he followed him, and he knew not that it was true which was done by the angel: but thought he saw a vision. And passing through the first and the second ward, they came to the iron gate that leadeth to the city, which of itself opened to them. And going out, they passed on through one street: and immediately the angel departed from him. And Peter coming to himself, said: “Now I know in very deed, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.”
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint John.
Saint John §31 (8:31-42a).
The Lord said to those Jews, who believed Him: “If you continue in My word, you shall be My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” They answered Him: “We are the seed of Abraham, and we have never been slaves to any man: how sayest Thou: ‘You shall be free?'” Jesus answered them: “Amen, amen I say unto you: that whosoever committeth sin, is the servant of sin. Now the servant abideth not in the house for ever; but the son abideth for ever. If therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed. I know that you are the children of Abraham: but you seek to kill Me, because My word hath no place in you. I speak that which I have seen with My Father: and you do the things that you have seen with your father.” They answered, and said to Him: “Abraham is our father.” Jesus saith to them: “If you be the children of Abraham, do the works of Abraham. But now you seek to kill Me, a Man Who have spoken the truth to you, which I have heard of God. This Abraham did not. You do the works of your father.” They said therefore to Him: “We are not born of fornication: we have one Father, even God.” Jesus therefore said to them: “If God were your Father, you would indeed love Me. For from God I proceeded, and came.”