Sixth Tuesday of Pascha
The Lesson of the Acts of the Holy Apostles.
Acts §40a (17:19-28a).
In those days: Taking Paul, they brought him to the Areopagus, saying: “May we know what this new doctrine is, which thou speakest of? For thou bringest in certain new things to our ears. We would know therefore what these things mean.” (Now all the Athenians, and strangers that were there, employed themselves in nothing else, but either in telling or in hearing some new thing.) But Paul standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are too superstitious. For passing by, and seeing your idols, I found an altar also, on which was written: ‘To the unknown God.’ What therefore you worship, without knowing it, that I preach to you: God, Who made the world, and all things therein; He, being Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; neither is He served with men’s hands, as though He needed any thing; seeing it is He who giveth to all life, and breath, and all things: and hath made of one, all mankind, to dwell upon the whole face of the earth, determining appointed times, and the limits of their habitation. That they should seek God, if happily they may feel after Him or find Him, although He be not far from every one of us: for in Him we live, and move, and are.”
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint John.
Saint John §42 (12:19-36a).
At that time: The Pharisees gathered a council concerning Jesus, and said: “Do you see that we prevail nothing? Behold, the whole world is gone after Him.” Now there were certain Gentiles among them, who came up to adore on the festival day. These therefore came to Philip, who was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying: “Sir, we would see Jesus.” Philip cometh, and telleth Andrew. Again Andrew and Philip told Jesus. But Jesus answered them, saying: “The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. Amen, amen I say to you, unless the grain of wheat falling into the ground die, itself remaineth alone. But if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world, keepeth it unto life eternal. If any man minister to Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there also shall My minister be. If any man minister to Me, him will My Father honour. Now is My soul troubled. And what shall I say? Father, save Me from this hour. But for this cause I came unto this hour. Father, glorify Thy name.” A voice therefore came from heaven: “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.” The multitude therefore that stood and heard, said that it thundered. Others said: “An angel spoke to Him.” Jesus answered, and said: “This Voice came not because of Me, but for your sakes. Now is the judgment of the world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all things to Myself.” (Now this He said, signifying what death He should die.) The multitude answered Him: “We have heard out of the law, that Christ abideth for ever; and how sayest Thou: ‘the Son of man must be lifted up?’ Who is this Son of man?” Jesus therefore said to them: “Yet a little while, the light is among you. Walk whilst you have the light, that the darkness overtake you not. And he that walketh in darkness, knoweth not whither he goeth. Whilst you have the light, believe in the light, that you may be the children of light.”