Saturday in the Twenty-First Week after Pentecost
The Lesson of the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians.
II Corinthians §174 (3:12-18).
Brethren: Having such hope, we use much confidence: and not as Moses put a veil upon his face, that the children of Israel might not steadfastly look on the face of that which is made void. But their senses were made dull. For, until this present day, the selfsame veil, in the reading of the old testament, remaineth not taken away (because in Christ it is made void). But even until this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their heart. But when they shall be converted to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away. Now the Lord is a Spirit. And where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all beholding the glory of the Lord with open face, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, as by the Spirit of the Lord.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke.
Saint Luke §22 (6:1-10).
At that time: As Jesus went through the corn fields on the sabbath, His disciples plucked the ears, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands. And some of the Pharisees said to them: Why do you that which is not lawful on the sabbath days? And Jesus answering them, said: Have you not read so much as this, what David did, when himself was hungry, and they that were with him: how he went into the house of God, and took and ate the bread of proposition, and gave to them that were with him, which is not lawful to eat but only for the priests? And He said to them: The Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath. And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that He entered into the synagogue, and taught. And there was a man, whose right hand was withered. And the scribes and Pharisees watched if He would heal on the sabbath; that they might find an accusation against Him. But He knew their thoughts; and said to the man who had the withered hand: Arise, and stand forth in the midst. And rising he stood forth. Then Jesus said to them: I ask you, if it be lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil; to save life, or to destroy? And looking round about on them all, He said to the man: Stretch forth thy hand. And he stretched it forth: and his hand was restored.