Tuesday in the Twenty-Ninth Week after Pentecost
The Lesson of the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Hebrews.
Hebrews §310 (4:1-13).
Brethren: Let us fear therefore lest the promise being left of entering into His rest, any of you should be thought to be wanting. For unto us also it hath been declared, in like manner as unto them. But the word of hearing did not profit them, not being mixed with faith of those things they heard. For we, who have believed, shall enter into rest; as He said: As I have sworn in my wrath; if they shall enter into My rest; and this indeed when the works from the foundation of the world were finished. For in a certain place he spoke of the seventh day thus: And God rested the seventh day from all His works. And in this place again: If they shall enter into My rest. Seeing then it remaineth that some are to enter into it, and they, to whom it was first preached, did not enter because of unbelief: again He limiteth a certain day, saying in David, Today, after so long a time, as it is above said: Today if you shall hear His voice, harden not your hearts. For if Jesus had given them rest, He would never have afterwards spoken of another day. There remaineth therefore a day of rest for the people of God. For He that is entered into His rest, the same also hath rested from his works, as God did from His. Let us hasten therefore to enter into that rest; lest any man fall into the same example of unbelief. For the word of God is living and effectual, and more piercing than any two edged sword; and reaching unto the division of the soul and the spirit, of the joints also and the marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature invisible in His sight: but all things are naked and open to His eyes, to whom our speech is.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke.
Saint Luke §106 (21:12-19).
The Lord said to His disciples: Beware of men, for they will lay their hands upon you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and into prisons, dragging you before kings and governors, for My name’s sake. And it shall happen unto you for a testimony. Lay it up therefore into your hearts, not to meditate before how you shall answer: for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to resist and gainsay. And you shall be betrayed by your parents and brethren, and kinsmen and friends; and some of you they will put to death. And you shall be hated by all men for My name’s sake. But a hair of your head shall not perish. In your patience you shall possess your souls.