Friday in the Twenty-First Week after Pentecost
The Lesson of the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Colossians.
Colossians §253 (2:1-7).
Brethren: I would have you know, what manner of care I have for you and for them that are at Laodicea, and whosoever have not seen my face in the flesh: that their hearts may be comforted, being instructed in charity, and unto all riches of fulness of understanding, unto the knowledge of the mystery of God the Father and of Christ Jesus: in Whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Now this I say, that no man may deceive you by loftiness of words. For though I be absent in body, yet in spirit I am with you; rejoicing, and beholding your order, and the steadfastness of your faith which is in Christ. As therefore you have received Jesus Christ the Lord, walk ye in Him; rooted and built up in Him, and confirmed in the faith, as also you have learned, abounding in Him in thanksgiving.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke.
Saint Luke §42 (9:12b-18a).
At that time: The twelve disciples came and said to Jesus: Send away the multitude, that going into the towns and villages round about, they may lodge and get victuals; for we are here in a desert place. But He said to them: Give you them to eat. And they said: We have no more than five loaves and two fishes; unless perhaps we should go and buy food for all this multitude. Now there were about five thousand men. And He said to His disciples: Make them sit down by fifties in a company. And they did so; and made them all sit down. And taking the five loaves and the two fishes, He looked up to heaven, and blessed them; and He broke, and distributed to His disciples, to set before the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled. And there were taken up of fragments that remained to them, twelve baskets. And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, His disciples also were with Him.