Wednesday in the Thirtieth Week after Pentecost
The Lesson of the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Hebrews.
Hebrews §323 (10:1-18).
Brethren: For the law having a shadow of the good things to come, not the very image of the things; by the selfsame sacrifices which they offer continually every year, can never make the comers thereunto perfect: for then they would have ceased to be offered: because the worshippers once cleansed should have no conscience of sin any longer: but in them there is made a commemoration of sins every year. For it is impossible that with the blood of oxen and goats sin should be taken away. Wherefore when He cometh into the world, He saith: Sacrifice and oblation Thou wouldest not: but a body Thou hast fitted to Me: holocausts for sin did not please Thee. Then said I: Behold I come: in the head of the book it is written of Me: that I should do Thy will, O God. In saying before: Sacrifices, and oblations, and holocausts for sin Thou wouldest not, neither are they pleasing to Thee, which are offered according to the law. Then said I: Behold, I come to do Thy will, O God: He taketh away the first, that He may establish that which followeth. In the which will, we are sanctified by the oblation of the body of Jesus Christ once. And every priest indeed standeth daily ministering, and often offering the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this man offering one sacrifice for sins, for ever sitteth on the right hand of God, from henceforth expecting, until His enemies be made His footstool. For by one oblation He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. And the Holy Ghost also doth testify this to us. For after that He said: And this is the testament which I will make unto them after those days, saith the Lord. I will give My laws in their hearts, and on their minds will I write them: and their sins and iniquities I will remember no more. Now where there is a remission of these, there is no more an oblation for sin.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint Mark.
Saint Mark §36 (8:30-34).
At that time: Jesus strictly charged His disciples that they should not tell any man of Him. And He began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the ancients and by the high priests, and the scribes, and be killed: and after three days rise again. And He spoke the word openly. And Peter taking Him, began to rebuke Him. Who turning about and seeing His disciples, threatened Peter, saying: Go behind me, Satan, because thou savorest not the things that are of God, but that are of men. And calling the multitude together with His disciples, He said to them: If any man will follow Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.