Seventh Wednesday of Pascha
The Lesson of the Acts of the Holy Apostles.
Acts §47 (23:1-11).
In those days: Paul looking upon the council, said: “Men, brethren, I have conversed with all good conscience before God until this present day.” And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to strike him on the mouth. Then Paul said to him: “God shall strike thee, thou whited wall. For sittest thou to judge me according to the law, and contrary to the law commandest me to be struck?” And they that stood by said: “Dost thou revile the high priest of God?” And Paul said: “I knew not, brethren, that he is the high priest. For it is written: ‘Thou shalt not speak evil of the prince of thy people.'” And Paul knowing that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, cried out in the council: “Men, brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of Pharisees: concerning the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.” And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees; and the multitude was divided. For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both. And there arose a great cry. And some of the Pharisees rising up, strove, saying: “We find no evil in this man. What if a spirit hath spoken to him, or an angel?” And when there arose a great dissension, the tribune fearing lest Paul should be pulled in pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force from among them, and to bring him into the castle. And the night following the Lord standing by him, said: “Be constant; for as thou hast testified of Me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.”
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint John.
Saint John §54 (16:15-23).
The Lord said to His disciples: “All things whatsoever the Father hath, are Mine. Therefore I said, that He shall receive of Mine, and shew it to you. A little while, and now you shall not see Me; and again a little while, and you shall see Me: because I go to the Father.” Then some of the disciples said one to another: “What is this that He saith to us: ‘A little while, and you shall not see Me; and again a little while, and you shall see Me,’ and, ‘because I go to the Father?'” They said therefore: “What is this that He saith, ‘A little while?’ We know not what He speaketh.” And Jesus knew that they had a mind to ask Him; and He said to them: “Of this do you inquire among yourselves, because I said: ‘A little while, and you shall not see Me; and again a little while, and you shall see Me?’ Amen, amen I say to you, that you shall lament and weep, but the world shall rejoice; and you shall be made sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. A woman, when she is in labour, hath sorrow, because her hour is come; but when she hath brought forth the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. So also you now indeed have sorrow; but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice; and your joy no man shall take from you. And in that day you shall not ask Me any thing. Amen, amen I say to you: if you ask the Father any thing in My name, He will give it you.”