Seventh Sunday of Pascha – Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Council – Tone Six
The Lesson of the Acts of the Holy Apostles.
Acts 20:16-18, 28-36.
At that time: Paul had purposed to sail leaving Ephesus, lest any stay should be made him in Asia. For he hastened, if it were possible for him, to keep the day of Pentecost at Jerusalem. And sending from Miletum to Ephesus, he called the Ancients of the Church. Who being come to him, and assembled together, he said to them, You know from the first day that I entered into Asia, in what manner I have been with you all the time. Take heed to yourselves and to the whole flock wherein the Holy Ghost hath placed you bishops, to rule the Church of God which he hath purchased with his own blood. I know that after my departure there will ravening wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. And out of yourselves shall arise men speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after themselves. For the which cause be vigilant, keeping in memory that for three years night and day I ceased not with tears to admonish every one of you. And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, who is able to edify, and to give inheritance in all the sanctified. No man’s silver and gold or garment have I coveted. Yourselves know that for such things as were needful for me and them that are with me, these hands have ministered. I have showed you all things, that so laboring, you must receive the weak, and remember the word of our Lord Jesus, because He said, It is a more blessed thing to give rather than to take. And when he had said these things, falling on his knees he prayed with all them.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint John.
St John 17:1-13.
At that time: These things spake Jesus: and lifting up his eyes into heaven, he said, Father, the hour is come, glorify thy son, that thy son may glorify thee. As thou hast given him power over all flesh that all which thou hast given him, to them he may give life everlasting. And this is life everlasting that they know thee, the only true God, and whom thou hast sent Jesus Christ. I have glorified thee upon the earth: I have consummated the work which thou gavest me to do: and now glorify thou me O Father with thyself, with the glory which I had before the world was, with thee. I have manifested thy name to the men whom thou gavest me out of the world. Thine they were, and to me thou gavest them: and they have kept thy word. Now they have known that all things which thou gavest me, are from thee: because the words which thou gavest me, I have given them: and the have received, and known in very deed that I came forth from thee, and have believed that thou didst send me. For them do I pray: Not for the world do I pray, but for them whom thou has given me: because they be thine: and all things be thine, and thine be mine: and I am glorified in them. And now I am not in the world, and these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy father, keep them in thy name, whom thou hast given me: that they may be one, as also we. When I was with them, I kept them in thy name. Those whom thou gavest me, have I kept: and none of them perished, but the son of perdition, that the scripture may be fulfilled. And now I come to thee: and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy filled in themselves.