Friday in the Twenty-Fifth Week after Pentecost
The Lesson of the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Thessalonians.
II Thessalonians §277 (3:6-18).
Brethren: We charge you, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw yourselves from every brother walking disorderly, and not according to the tradition which they have received of us. For yourselves know how you ought to imitate us: for we were not disorderly among you; neither did we eat any man’s bread for nothing, but in labour and in toil we worked night and day, lest we should be chargeable to any of you. Not as if we had not power: but that we might give ourselves a pattern unto you, to imitate us. For also when we were with you, this we declared to you: that, if any man will not work, neither let him eat. For we have heard there are some among you who walk disorderly, working not at all, but curiously meddling. Now we charge them that are such, and beseech them by the Lord Jesus Christ, that, working with silence, they would eat their own bread. But you, brethren, be not weary in well doing. And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed: yet do not esteem him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother. Now the Lord of peace Himself give you everlasting peace in every place. The Lord be with you all. The salutation of Paul with my own hand; which is the sign in every epistle. So I write. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke.
Saint Luke §73 (13:31-35).
At that time: There came unto Jesus some of the Pharisees, saying to Him: Depart, and get Thee hence, for Herod hath a mind to kill Thee. And He said to them: Go and tell that fox: Behold, I cast out devils, and do cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I am consummated. Nevertheless I must walk today and tomorrow, and the day following, because it cannot be that a prophet perish, out of Jerusalem. Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent to thee, how often would I have gathered thy children as the bird doth her brood under her wings, and thou wouldest not? Behold your house shall be left to you desolate. And I say to you, that you shall not see Me till the time come, when you shall say: Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord.