Eastern Orthodox ......church reading of today being.......
Holy Week • Great Thursday
Matins: Luke 22:1-39 (§108 from the Midpoint - first verse of §109)
First Hour: Jeremiah 11:18-12:5, 9-11, 14-15
Great Vespers: (1) Exodus 19:10-19; (2) Job 38:1-23; 42:1-5; (3) Isaiah 50:4-11
Liturgy of St. Basil:
Epistle: 1 Corinthians 11:23-32 (§149)
Gospel: Matthew 26:1-20 (§107-§108); John 13:3-17 (§44); Matthew 26:21-39 (§108); Luke 22:43-45 (§109); Matthew 26:40-27:2 (§108-§110)
Luke 22:1-39 (§108 from the Midpoint - first verse of §109)
At that time, the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover. And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him;
for they feared the people.
Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and
captains, how he might betray him unto them.
And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money.
Jeremiah 11:18-12:5, 9-11, 14-15
And the LORD hath given me knowledge of it, and I know it: then thou shewedst me their doings.
But I was like a lamb or an ox that is brought to the slaughter; and I knew not that they had devised devices against me, saying, Let us destroy the
tree with the fruit thereof,
and let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be no more remembered. But, O LORD of hosts, that judgest righteously, that
triest the reins and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: for unto thee have I revealed my cause......continued
And the LORD said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them to day and to morrow, and let them wash their clothes, And be ready against the
third day: for the third day the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai.
And thou shalt set bounds unto the people round about, saying,
Take heed to yourselves, that ye go not up into the mount, or touch the border of it: whosoever toucheth the mount shall be surely put to death:
There shall not an hand touch it, but he shall surely be stoned, or shot through; whether it be beast or man, it shall not live: when the trumpet
soundeth long, they shall come up to the mount. ...continued
Job 38:1-23; 42:1-5
Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the
LORD. And the LORD said unto Satan,
From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. And the LORD
said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God,
and escheweth evil?....continued..
The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by
morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.
The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back. I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that
plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting. For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I
set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed...continued
1 Corinthians 11:23-32 (§149)
Brethren, I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said,
Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup,
when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink
this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread,
and drink of that cup. ..continued..
Matthew 26:1-20 (§107-§108)
The Lord said unto his disciples, Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified. Then
assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas,
And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him. But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people.
Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and
poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.
But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?..continued....
John 13:3-17 (§44)
Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; He riseth from supper, and laid
aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to
wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.
Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not
now; but thou shalt know hereafter. Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part
Matthew 26:21-39 (§108)
And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them
to say unto him, Lord, is it I? And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me.
The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not
Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said. And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and
blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said,
Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new
testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. ..continued....
Luke 22:43-45 (§109)
And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven,
And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
And when he rose up from prayer,
Matthew 26:40-27:2 (§108-§110)
And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it,
thy will be done. And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.
And he left them, and went away again,
and prayed the third time,
saying the same words.
Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them,
Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand,
and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners...continued...
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