20, Baramhat 1736 (Sunday, 29 March 2020)

Sunday of the Fifth week of the Holy Lent

Vespers

Psalm

Psalms 39:12

12Hear my prayer, O Lord, And give ear to my cry; Do not be silent at my tears; For I am a stranger with You, A sojourner, as all my fathers were.

Gospel

Luke 18:1-8

1Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart,2saying: There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man.3Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, `Get justice for me from my adversary.'4And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, `Though I do not fear God nor regard man,5`yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.'6Then the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge said.7And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them?8I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?

Matins

Psalm

Psalms 102:1-2, 12

1Hear my prayer, O Lord, And let my cry come to You.2Do not hide Your face from me
12But You, O Lord, shall endure forever, And the remembrance of Your name to all generations.

Gospel

Matthew 21:33-46

33Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country.34Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit.35And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another.36Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them.37Then last of all he sent his son to them, saying, `They will respect my son.'38But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, `This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.'39So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him.40Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?41They said to Him, He will destroy those wicked men miserably, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits in their seasons.42Jesus said to them, Have you never read in the Scriptures: `The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord's doing, And it is marvelous in our eyes'?43Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it.44And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.45Now when the chief priests and Pharisees heard His parables, they perceived that He was speaking of them.46But when they sought to lay hands on Him, they feared the multitudes, because they took Him for a prophet.

Liturgy

Pauline

2 Thessalonians 2:1-17

1Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you,2not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come.3Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,4who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.5Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things?6And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time.7For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.8And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.9The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders,10and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.11And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie,12that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.13But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth,14to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.15Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.16Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace,17comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.

Catholic

2 Peter 3:1-18

1Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder),2that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior,3knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts,4and saying, Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.5For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water,6by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water.7But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.8But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.9The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.10But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.11Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,12looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?13Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.14Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless;15and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation--as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you,16as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.17You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked;18but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

Acts

Acts 26:19 - 27:8

19Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision,20but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance.21For these reasons the Jews seized me in the temple and tried to kill me.22Therefore, having obtained help from God, to this day I stand, witnessing both to small and great, saying no other things than those which the prophets and Moses said would come--23that the Christ would suffer, that He would be the first to rise from the dead, and would proclaim light to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.24Now as he thus made his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, you are beside yourself! Much learning is driving you mad!25But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus, but speak the words of truth and reason.26For the king, before whom I also speak freely, knows these things; for I am convinced that none of these things escapes his attention, since this thing was not done in a corner.27King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you do believe.28Then Agrippa said to Paul, You almost persuade me to become a Christian.29And Paul said, I would to God that not only you, but also all who hear me today, might become both almost and altogether such as I am, except for these chains.30When he had said these things, the king stood up, as well as the governor and Bernice and those who sat with them;31and when they had gone aside, they talked among themselves, saying, This man is doing nothing deserving of death or chains.32Then Agrippa said to Festus, This man might have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.1And when it was decided that we should sail to Italy, they delivered Paul and some other prisoners to one named Julius, a centurion of the Augustan Regiment.2So, entering a ship of Adramyttium, we put to sea, meaning to sail along the coasts of Asia. Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, was with us.3And the next day we landed at Sidon. And Julius treated Paul kindly and gave him liberty to go to his friends and receive care.4When we had put to sea from there, we sailed under the shelter of Cyprus, because the winds were contrary.5And when we had sailed over the sea which is off Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra, a city of Lycia.6There the centurion found an Alexandrian ship sailing to Italy, and he put us on board.7When we had sailed slowly many days, and arrived with difficulty off Cnidus, the wind not permitting us to proceed, we sailed under the shelter of Crete off Salmone.8Passing it with difficulty, we came to a place called Fair Havens, near the city of Lasea.

Psalm

Psalms 33:5-6

5He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.6By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.

Gospel

John 5:1-18

1After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.2Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches.3In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water.4For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had.5Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years.6When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, Do you want to be made well?7The sick man answered Him, Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.8Jesus said to him, Rise, take up your bed and walk.9And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath.10The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.11He answered them, He who made me well said to me, `Take up your bed and walk.'12Then they asked him, Who is the Man who said to you, `Take up your bed and walk'?13But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place.14Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.15The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.16For this reason the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill Him, because He had done these things on the Sabbath.17But Jesus answered them, My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.18Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.

Evening

Psalm

Psalms 142:1-2

1I cry out to the Lord with my voice; With my voice to the Lord I make my supplication.2I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare before Him my trouble.

Gospel

Matthew 9:1-8

1So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city.2Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.3And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, This Man blasphemes!4But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, Why do you think evil in your hearts?5For which is easier, to say, `Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, `Arise and walk'?6But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins--then He said to the paralytic, Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.7And he arose and departed to his house.8Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.