Saturday 28th May 2022
Today we commemorate:
Hieromartyr Eutychius, bishop of Melitene (1st C). St. Nicetas, bishop of Chalcedon (9th C). St. Germanus (Germain), bishop of Paris (576). St. Ignatius, bishop and Wonderworker of Rostov (1288). Holy Martyrs Heliconidos and Daphne of Thessalonica (244).
Acts 15:35-41; John 10:27-38
Readings in bold type are those appointed by the Typikon for use at the Liturgy
Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch and, with many others, they were teaching and preaching the Gospel, the word of the Lord. Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, ‘Let us return to visit our brothers and sisters in every city in which we have preached the word of the Lord, to see how they are.’ Barnabas resolved to take John with him – the one also called Mark – but Paul did not think it appropriate to take with them the one who had deserted them in Pamphylia, and had not kept company with them in the work. A dispute developed – so much so that they separated from one another. Barnabas took Mark and set sail for Cyprus; and Paul chose Silas and left, having been entrusted to the grace of God by the brothers and sisters. He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the Churches.
The Lord said … ‘The sheep who are mine listen to my voice: I know them, and they follow me; and I give them everlasting life, so that they shall never, ever, perish; and no one shall snatch them from my hand. My Father who has given them to me is greater than all, and no one can snatch them from my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.’ Then once again the Jews picked up stones, so that they might stone him. Jesus said to them, ‘I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which of these works are you stoning me?’ In reply, the Jews told him, ‘We are not stoning you for a good work, but for blasphemy; and because you, a human being, are making yourself out to be God.’ Jesus answered them, ‘Is it not written in your law, “I said you are gods”? Although he called them gods: those to whom the word of God came – and Scripture cannot be set aside – you are saying of him whom the Father has consecrated and sent into the world, “You are blaspheming,” because I said, “I am the Son of God”! If I am not doing the works of my Father, do not believe me; but if I am doing them – even though you do not believe me – believe the works, so that you may recognise and believe that the Father is in me, and I in him.’