Friday in the Second Week after Pentecost
The Lesson of the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Romans.
Romans §90 (5:17-6:2).
Brethren: If by one man’s offence death reigned through one; much more they who receive abundance of grace, and of the gift, and of justice, shall reign in life through one, Jesus Christ. Therefore, as by the offence of one, unto all men to condemnation; so also by the justice of one, unto all men to justification of life. For as by the disobedience of one man, many were made sinners; so also by the obedience of one, many shall be made just. Now the law entered in, that sin might abound. And where sin abounded, grace did more abound. That as sin hath reigned to death; so also grace might reign by justice unto life everlasting, through Jesus Christ our Lord. What shall we say, then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. For we that are dead to sin, how shall we live any longer therein?
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew.
Saint Matthew §31 (9:14-17).
At that time: There came unto Jesus the disciples of John, saying: Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but Thy disciples do not fast? And Jesus said to them: Can the children of the bridegroom mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then they shall fast. And nobody putteth a piece of raw cloth unto an old garment. For it taketh away the fulness thereof from the garment, and there is made a greater rent. Neither do they put new wine into old bottles. Otherwise the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish. But new wine they put into new bottles: and both are preserved.