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Tuesday 30th November 2021

Nativity Fast: fish, wine and oil allowed

Holy and All-Praised Apostle Andrew the First-called (62)

Today we commemorate:
St. Frumentius, archbishop of and Enlightener of Ethiopia (c.380). St. Alexander, bishop of Mithymna on Lesbos.
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Tudwal, bishop in Wales and Brittany (6th C).

Today's Readings:
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13; Luke 19:45-48
For the Commemoration: 1 Corinthians 4:9-16; John 1:35-51

Readings in bold type are those appointed by the Typikon for use at the Liturgy

1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
With what act of thanksgiving can we repay God for you, for all the joy which delights us in the presence of our God because of you? Night and day I pray zealously that we might see you face to face and remedy what is lacking in your faith. May our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus Christ direct our path to you. May the Lord make you rich and overflowing in love for one another and for everyone – just as we are for you – so that your hearts might be resolute, blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.

Luke 19:45-48
Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out those in it who were buying and selling, saying to them, ‘It is written that my house is a house of prayer – but you have made it a den of thieves.’ And he was teaching daily in the Temple while the chief priests and the scribes and the important people were seeking to destroy him, but they found there was nothing they could do because all the people were hanging on every word, listening to him.

1 Corinthians 4:9-16
I think that God has exhibited us, the Apostles, in last place, like those appointed to die, because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to people. We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, while you are the mighty ones. You are the honoured, we the dishonoured. Right up to the present time we hunger and thirst. We are ragged, battered and homeless. We labour, working with our own hands. Being cursed, we bless; being persecuted, we endure it; being vilified, we encourage. We have become the scum of the earth, like everyone’s scraped off dirt, right up to the present time. I am not writing these things to shame you, but to reproach you, my beloved children. You may have ten thousand tutors in Christ, but you do not have many fathers – and in Christ Jesus through the Gospel I became your father. I beg you, therefore, be imitators of me.

John 1:35-51
John was standing with two of his disciples. He saw Jesus as he walked by and said, ‘Look – the Lamb of God.’ The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus. Turning and seeing them following, Jesus asked them, ‘What do you want?’ They said to him, ‘Rabbi,’ – which means Teacher – ‘where are you staying?’ He said to them, ‘Come and see.’ They went, saw where he was staying, and remained with him that day. It was about the tenth hour. Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard John and had followed Jesus. First he found his own brother, Simon, and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ – which means Anointed. He brought him to Jesus who looked at him and said, ‘You are Simon, the son of Jonah. You shall be called Kephas’ – which means Rock. The following day Jesus decided to set off for Galilee where he found Philip, and said to him, ‘Follow me.’ Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have discovered the one of whom Moses in the law and the prophets have written – Jesus the son of Joseph who is from Nazareth.’ But Nathanael said to him, ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ And Philip replied, ‘Come and see.’ Jesus saw Nathanael approaching him, and he said about him, ‘Look – an Israelite indeed in whom there is no guile.’ Nathanael asked him, ‘How do you know me?’ Jesus replied, ‘Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.’ Nathanael answered and said to him, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Because I told you, “I saw you under the fig tree,” you believe! You will see greater things than these.’ He said to him, ‘Truly, truly, I tell you that you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.’