Third Tuesday of Pascha
The Lesson of the Acts of the Holy Apostles.
Acts §18 (8:5-17).
In those days: Philip going down to the city of Samaria, preached Christ unto them. And the people with one accord were attentive to those things which were said by Philip, hearing, and seeing the miracles which he did. For many of them who had unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, went out. And many, taken with the palsy, and that were lame, were healed. There was therefore great joy in that city. Now there was a certain man named Simon, who before had been a magician in that city, seducing the people of Samaria, giving out that he was some great one: to whom they all gave ear, from the least to the greatest, saying: “This man is the power of God, which is called great.” And they were attentive to him, because, for a long time, he had bewitched them with his magical practices. But when they had believed Philip preaching of the kingdom of God, in the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Then Simon himself believed also; and being baptized, he adhered to Philip. And being astonished, wondered to see the signs and exceeding great miracles which were done. Now when the apostles, who were in Jerusalem, had heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John. Who, when they were come, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost. For He was not as yet come upon any of them; but they were only baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid their hands upon them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint John.
Saint John §20 (6:27-33).
The Lord said unto the Jews that came unto Him: “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.” They said therefore unto Him: “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered, and said to them: “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him Whom He hath sent.” They said therefore to Him: “What sign therefore dost Thou shew, that we may see, and may believe Thee? What dost Thou work? Our fathers did eat manna in the desert, as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'” Then Jesus said to them: “Amen, amen I say to you; Moses gave you not bread from heaven, but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life to the world.”