Third Wednesday of Pascha
The Lesson of the Acts of the Holy Apostles.
Acts §19 (8:18-25).
In those days: When Simon saw, that by the imposition of the hands of the Apostles, the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, saying: “Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I shall lay my hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.” But Peter said to him: “Keep thy money to thyself, to perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast no part nor lot in this matter. For thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Do penance therefore for this thy wickedness; and pray to God, that perhaps this thought of thy heart may be forgiven thee. For I see thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bonds of iniquity.” Then Simon answering, said: “Pray you for me to the Lord, that none of these things which you have spoken may come upon me.” And they indeed having testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel to many countries of the Samaritans.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint John.
Saint John §21 (6:35-39).
The Lord said unto the Jews that came unto Him: “I am the bread of life: he that cometh to Me shall not hunger: and he that believeth in Me shall never thirst. But I said unto you, that you also have seen Me, and you believe not. All that the Father giveth to Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me, I will not cast out. Because I came down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him that sent Me. Now this is the will of the Father Who sent Me: that of all that He hath given Me, I should lose nothing; but should raise it up again in the last day.”