Second Saturday of Pascha
The Lesson of the Acts of the Holy Apostles.
Acts §15 (5:21-33).
In those days: The Apostles early in the morning entered into the temple, and taught. And the high priest coming, and they that were with him, called together the council, and all the ancients of the children of Israel; and they sent to the prison to have them brought. But when the ministers came, and opening the prison, found them not there, they returned and told, saying: “The prison indeed we found shut with all diligence, and the keepers standing before the doors; but opening it, we found no man within.” Now when the officer of the temple and the chief priests heard these words, they were in doubt concerning them, what would come to pass. But one came and told them: “Behold, the men whom you put in prison are in the temple standing, and teaching the people.” Then went the officer with the ministers, and brought them without violence; for they feared the people, lest they should be stoned. And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them, saying: “Commanding we commanded you, that you should not teach in this name; and behold, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and you have a mind to bring the blood of this Man upon us.” But Peter and the Apostles answering, said: “We ought to obey God, rather than men. The God of our fathers hath raised up Jesus, Whom you put to death, hanging Him upon a tree. Him hath God exalted with His right hand, to be Prince and Saviour, to give repentance to Israel, and remission of sins. And we are witnesses of these things and the Holy Ghost, Whom God hath given to all that obey Him.” When they had heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they thought to put them to death.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint John.
Saint John §19 (6:14-27).
At that time: The men, when they had seen what a miracle Jesus had done, said: “This is of a truth the Prophet, that is to come into the world.” Jesus therefore, when He knew that they would come to take Him by force, and make Him king, fled again into the mountain Himself alone. And when evening was come, His disciples went down to the sea. And when they had gone up into a ship, they went over the sea to Capharnaum; and it was now dark, and Jesus was not come unto them. And the sea arose, by reason of a great wind that blew. When they had rowed therefore about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking upon the sea, and drawing nigh to the ship, and they were afraid. But He saith to them: “It is I; be not afraid.” They were willing therefore to take Him into the ship; and presently the ship was at the land to which they were going. The next day, the multitude that stood on the other side of the sea, saw that there was no other ship there but one, and that Jesus had not entered into the ship with His disciples, but that His disciples were gone away alone. But other ships came in from Tiberias; nigh unto the place where they had eaten the bread, the Lord giving thanks. When therefore the multitude saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they took shipping, and came to Capharnaum, seeking for Jesus. And when they had found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him: “Rabbi, when camest Thou hither?” Jesus answered them, and said: “Amen, amen I say to you, you seek Me, not because you have seen miracles, but because you did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that which endureth unto life everlasting, which the Son of man will give you. For Him hath God, the Father, sealed.”