Fourth Tuesday of Pascha
The Lesson of the Acts of the Holy Apostles.
Acts §25 (10:21-33).
In those days: Peter, going down to the men send to him by Cornelius, said: “Behold, I am he whom you seek; what is the cause for which you are come?” Who said: “Cornelius, a centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and having good testimony from all the nation of the Jews, received an answer of an holy angel, to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.” Then bringing them in, he lodged them. And the day following he arose, and went with them: and some of the brethren from Joppe accompanied him. And the morrow after, he entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, having called together his kinsmen and special friends. And it came to pass, that when Peter was come in, Cornelius came to meet him, and falling at his feet adored. But Peter lifted him up, saying: “Arise, I myself also am a man.” And talking with him, he went in, and found many that were come together. And he said to them: “You know how abominable it is for a man that is a Jew, to keep company or to come unto one of another nation: but God hath shewed to me, to call no man common or unclean. For which cause, making no doubt, I came when I was sent for. I ask, therefore, for what cause you have sent for me?” And Cornelius said: “Four days ago, unto this hour, I was praying in my house, at the ninth hour, and behold a man stood before me in white apparel, and said: ‘Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thy alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God. Send therefore to Joppe, and call hither Simon, who is surnamed Peter: he lodgeth in the house of Simon a tanner, by the sea side.’ Immediately therefore I sent to thee: and thou hast done well in coming. Now therefore all we are present in thy sight, to hear all things whatsoever are commanded thee by the Lord.”
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint John.
Saint John §25 (7:1-13).
At that time: Jesus walked in Galilee; for He would not walk in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill Him. Now the Jews’ feast of tabernacles was at hand. And His brethren said to Him: “Pass from hence, and go into Judea; that Thy disciples also may see Thy works which Thou dost. For there is no man that doth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If Thou do these things, manifest Thyself to the world.” For neither did his brethren believe in Him. Then Jesus said to them: “My time is not yet come; but your time is always ready. The world cannot hate you; but Me it hateth: because I give testimony of it, that the works thereof are evil. Go you up to this festival day, but I go not up to this festival day: because My time is not accomplished.” When He had said these things, He Himself stayed in Galilee. But after His brethren were gone up, then He also went up to the feast, not openly, but, as it were, in secret. The Jews therefore sought Him on the festival day, and said: “Where is He?” And there was much murmuring among the multitude concerning Him. For some said: “He is a good man.” And others said: “No, but He seduceth the people.” Yet no man spoke openly of Him, for fear of the Jews.