Thursday in the Thirty-Fourth Week after Pentecost
The Lesson of the Epistle of the Holy Apostle John.
I Saint John §69 (1:8-2:6).
Beloved: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just, to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all iniquity. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. My little children, these things I write to you, that you may not sin. But if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the just: and He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world. And by this we know that we have known Him, if we keep His commandments. He who saith that he knoweth Him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But he that keepeth His word, in him in very deed the charity of God is perfected; and by this we know that we are in Him. He that saith he abideth in Him, ought himself also to walk, even as He walked.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint Mark.
Saint Mark §62 (13:31-14:2).
The Lord said to His disciples: Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My word shall not pass away. But of that day or hour no man knoweth, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray. For ye know not when the time is. Even as a man who going into a far country, left his house; and gave authority to his servants over every work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore, (for you know not when the lord of the house cometh: at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning,) lest coming on a sudden, he find you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch. Now the feast of the pasch, and of the Azymes was after two days; and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might by some wile lay hold on Him, and kill Him. But they said: Not on the festival day, lest there should be a tumult among the people.