Fourth Monday of Pascha
The Lesson of the Acts of the Holy Apostles.
Acts §24 (10:1-16).
In those days: There was a certain man in Caesarea, named Cornelius, a centurion of that which is called the Italian band; a religious man, and fearing God with all his house, giving much alms to the people, and always praying to God. This man saw in a vision manifestly, about the ninth hour of the day, an angel of God coming in unto him, and saying to him: “Cornelius.” And he, beholding him, being seized with fear, said: “What is it, Lord?” And he said to him: “Thy prayers and thy alms are ascended for a memorial in the sight of God. And now send men to Joppe, and call hither one Simon, who is surnamed Peter: he lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side. He will tell thee what thou must do.” And when the angel who spoke to him was departed, he called two of his household servants, and a soldier who feared the Lord, of them that were under him. To whom when he had related all, he sent them to Joppe. And on the next day, whilst they were going on their journey, and drawing nigh to the city, Peter went up to the higher parts of the house to pray, about the sixth hour. And being hungry, he was desirous to taste somewhat. And as they were preparing, there came upon him an ecstasy of mind. And he saw the heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending, as it were a great linen sheet let down by the four corners from heaven to the earth: wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts, and creeping things of the earth, and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him: “Arise, Peter; kill and eat.” But Peter said: “Far be it from me; for I never did eat any thing that is common and unclean.” And the voice spoke to him again the second time: “That which God hath cleansed, do not thou call common.” And this was done thrice; and presently the vessel was taken up into heaven.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint John.
Saint John §24 (6:56-70).
The Lord said unto the Jews that came unto Him: “My flesh is meat indeed: and My blood is drink indeed. He that eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, abideth in Me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent Me, and I live by the Father; so he that eateth Me, the same also shall live by Me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead. He that eateth this bread, shall live for ever.” These things He said, teaching in the synagogue, in Capharnaum. Many therefore of His disciples, hearing it, said: “This saying is hard, and who can hear it?” But Jesus, knowing in Himself, that His disciples murmured at this, said to them: “Doth this scandalize you? If then you shall see the Son of man ascend up where He was before? It is the spirit that quickeneth: the flesh profiteth nothing. The words that I have spoken to you, are spirit and life. But there are some of you that believe not.” For Jesus knew from the beginning, who they were that did not believe, and who he was, that would betray Him. And He said: “Therefore did I say to you, that no man can come to Me, unless it be given him by My Father.” After this many of His disciples went back; and walked no more with Him. Then Jesus said to the twelve: “Will you also go away?” And Simon Peter answered Him: “Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. And we have believed and have known, that Thou art the Christ, the Son of God.”