Tenth Sunday after Pentecost – Tone One
The Lesson of the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians.
I Corinthians 4:9-16.
Brethren: I think that God hath set forth us apostles, the last, as it were men appointed to death: we are made a spectacle to the world, and to angels, and to men. We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are honourable, but we without honour. Even unto this hour we both hunger and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no fixed abode; And we labour, working with our own hands: we are reviled, and we bless; we are persecuted, and we suffer it. We are blasphemed, and we entreat; we are made as the refuse of this world, the offscouring of all even until now. I write not these things to confound you; but I admonish you as my dearest children. For if you have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet not many fathers. For in Christ Jesus, by the gospel, I have begotten you. Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me, as I also am of Christ.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew.
St Matthew 17:14-23.
At that time, when Jesus was come to the multitude, there came to Him a man falling down on his knees before Him, saying, “Lord, have pity on my son, for he is a lunatic, and suffereth much: for he falleth often into the fire, and often into the water. And I brought him to Thy disciples, and they could not cure him.” Then Jesus answered and said, “O unbelieving and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer you? Bring him hither to Me.” And Jesus rebuked him, and the devil went out of him, and the child was cured from that hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus secretly, and said, “Why could not we cast him out?” Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief. For, amen I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain, ‘Remove from hence hither,’ and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible to you. But this kind is not cast out but by prayer and fasting.” And when they abode together in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men: and they shall kill Him, and the third day He shall rise again.” And they were troubled exceedingly.