Saturday in the Twenty-Third Week after Pentecost
The Lesson of the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians.
II Corinthians §185 (8:1-5).
Brethren: Now we make known unto you the grace of God, that hath been given in the churches of Macedonia. That in much experience of tribulation, they have had abundance of joy; and their very deep poverty hath abounded unto the riches of their simplicity. For according to their power (I bear them witness), and beyond their power, they were willing. With much entreaty begging of us the grace and communication of the ministry that is done toward the saints. And not as we hoped, but they gave their own selves first to the Lord, then to us by the will of God.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke.
Saint Luke §36 (8:16-21).
The Lord said: “No man lighting a candle covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it upon a candlestick, that they who come in may see the light. For there is not any thing secret that shall not be made manifest, nor hidden, that shall not be known and come abroad. Take heed therefore how you hear. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given: and whosoever hath not, that also which he thinketh he hath, shall be taken away from him.” And His mother and brethren came unto Him; and they could not come at Him for the crowd. And it was told Him: “Thy mother and Thy brethren stand without, desiring to see Thee.” Who answering, said to them: “My mother and My brethren are they who hear the word of God, and do it.”