Sixth Monday of Pascha
The Lesson of the Acts of the Holy Apostles.
Acts §39 (17:1-15).
In those days: when Paul and Silas had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. And Paul, according to his custom, went in unto them; and for three sabbath days he reasoned with them out of the scriptures: declaring and insinuating that the Christ was to suffer, and to rise again from the dead; and that “this is Jesus Christ, Whom I preach to you.” And some of them believed, and were associated to Paul and Silas; and of those that served God, and of the Gentiles a great multitude, and of noble women not a few. But the Jews, moved with envy, and taking unto them some wicked men of the vulgar sort, and making a tumult, set the city in an uproar; and besetting Jason’s house, sought to bring them out unto the people. And not finding them, they drew Jason and certain brethren to the rulers of the city, crying: “They that set the city in an uproar, are come hither also; whom Jason hath received; and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus.” And they stirred up the people, and the rulers of the city hearing these things, and having taken satisfaction of Jason and of the rest, they let them go. But the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea. Who, when they were come thither, went into the synagogue of the Jews. Now these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, who received the word with all eagerness, daily searching the scriptures, whether these things were so. And many indeed of them believed, and of honourable women that were Gentiles, and of men not a few. And when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was also preached by Paul at Berea, they came thither also, stirring up and troubling the multitude. And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul, to go unto the sea; but Silas and Timothy remained there. And they that conducted Paul, brought him as far as Athens; and receiving a commandment from him to Silas and Timothy, that they should come to him with all speed, they departed.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint John.
Saint John §40 (11:47-57).
At that time: The chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council concerning Jesus, and said: “What do we, for this man doth many miracles? If we let Him alone so, all will believe in Him; and the Romans will come, and take away our place and nation.” But one of them, named Caiphas, being the high priest that year, said to them: “You know nothing. Neither do you consider that it is expedient for you that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.” And this he spoke not of himself: but being the high priest of that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for the nation. And not only for the nation, but to gather together in one the children of God, that were dispersed. From that day therefore they devised to put Him to death. Wherefore Jesus walked no more openly among the Jews; but He went into a country near the desert, unto a city that is called Ephrem, and there He abode with His disciples. And the pasch of the Jews was at hand; and many from the country went up to Jerusalem, before the pasch to purify themselves. They sought therefore for Jesus; and they discoursed one with another, standing in the temple: “What think you that He is not come to the festival day?” And the chief priests and Pharisees had given a commandment, that if any man knew where He was, he should tell, that they might apprehend Him.