Friday in the Twenty-Ninth Week after Pentecost
The Lesson of the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Hebrews.
Hebrews §317 (7:18-25).
Brethren: There is indeed a setting aside of the former commandment, because of the weakness and unprofitableness thereof: (for the law brought nothing to perfection,) but a bringing in of a better hope, by which we draw nigh to God. And inasmuch as it is not without an oath, (for the others indeed were made priests without an oath; but this with an oath, by Him that said unto Him: The Lord hath sworn, and He will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever according to the Order of Melchizedech.) By so much is Jesus made a surety of a better testament. And the others indeed were made many priests, because by reason of death they were not suffered to continue: but this, for that He continueth for ever, hath an everlasting priesthood, whereby He is able also to save for ever them that come to God by Him; always living to make intercession for us.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke.
Saint Luke §108a (21:37-22:8).
At that time: In the daytime, Jesus was teaching in the temple; but at night, going out, He abode in the mount that is called Olivet. And all the people came early in the morning to Him in the temple, to hear Him. Now the feast of unleavened bread, which is called the pasch, was at hand. And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might put Jesus to death: but they feared the people. And Satan entered into Judas, who was surnamed Iscariot, one of the twelve. And he went, and discoursed with the chief priests and the magistrates, how he might betray Him to them. And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money. And he promised. And he sought opportunity to betray Him in the absence of the multitude. And the day of the unleavened bread came, on which it was necessary that the pasch should be killed. And He sent Peter and John, saying: Go, and prepare for us the pasch, that we may eat.