Eighth Sunday after Pentecost – Tone Seven
The Lesson of the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians.
I Corinthians 1:10-18.
Brethren: I beseech you by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all say one thing, and that there be no schisms among you: but that you be perfect in one sense, and in one knowledge. For it is signified unto me (my brethren) of you, by them that are of Chloë, that there be contentions among you. And I mean this, for that every one of you saith, I certainly am Paul’s, and I Apollo’s, but I Cephas’, and I Christ’s. Is Christ divided? Why, was Paul crucified for you? or in the name of Paul were you baptized? I give God thanks, that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Caius: lest any man say that in my name you were baptized. And I baptized also the house of Stephanas. But I know not if I have baptized any other. For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to evangelize: not in wisdom of speech, that the Cross of Christ be not made void. For the word of the Cross, to them indeed that perish, is foolishness: but to them that are saved, that is, to us, it is the power of God.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew.
St Matthew 14:14-22.
At that time, Jesus coming forth saw a great multitude, and pitied them, and cured their diseased. And when it was evening, His Disciples came to Him, saying, “It is a desert place, and the hour is now past: dismiss the multitudes, that going into the towns, they may buy themselves victuals.” But Jesus said to them, “They have no need to go: give ye them to eat.” They answered Him: “We have not here, but five loaves, and two fishes.” Who said to them, “Bring them hither to Me.” And when He had commanded the multitude to sit down upon the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up unto heaven, He blessed and brake, and gave the loaves to His Disciples, and the Disciples to the multitudes. And they did all eat, and had their fill. And they took the leavings, twelve full baskets of the fragments. And the number of them that did eat was, five thousand men, besides women and children. And forthwith Jesus commanded His Disciples to go up into the boat, and to go before Him over the water, till He dismissed the multitudes.