Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Readings: Great & Holy Wednesday

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Vision of Ezekiel of the Cherubim and the Chariot

Matins:
John 12:17-50
Sixth Hour:
Ezekiel 2:3-3:3
Vespers (Presanctified):
Exodus 2:11-22
Job 2:1-10
Matthew 26:6-16

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Matins:

John 12:17-50

17 The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead bore witness.

18 The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign.

19 The Pharisees then said to one another, “You see that you can do nothing; look, the world has gone after him.”

20 Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks.

21 So these came to Philip, who was from Beth-saida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”

22 Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew went with Philip and they told Jesus.

23 And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of man to be glorified.

24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.

25 He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

26 If any one serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there shall my servant be also; if any one serves me, the Father will honor him.

27 “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour? No, for this purpose I have come to this hour.

28 Father, glorify thy name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.”

29 The crowd standing by heard it and said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.”

30 Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine.

31 Now is the judgment of this world, now shall the ruler of this world be cast out;

32 and I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.”

33 He said this to show by what death he was to die.

34 The crowd answered him, “We have heard from the law that the Christ remains for ever. How can you say that the Son of man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of man?”

35 Jesus said to them, “The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, lest the darkness overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes.

36 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” When Jesus had said this, he departed and hid himself from them.

37 Though he had done so many signs before them, yet they did not believe in him;

38 it was that the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “Lord, who has believed our report, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”

39 Therefore they could not believe. For Isaiah again said,

40 “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, lest they should see with their eyes and perceive with their heart, and turn for me to heal them.”

41 Isaiah said this because he saw his glory and spoke of him.

42 Nevertheless many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:

43 for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

44 And Jesus cried out and said, “He who believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me.

45 And he who sees me sees him who sent me.

46 I have come as light into the world, that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.

47 If any one hears my sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.

48 He who rejects me and does not receive my sayings has a judge; the word that I have spoken will be his judge on the last day.

49 For I have not spoken on my own authority; the Father who sent me has himself given me commandment what to say and what to speak.

50 And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has bidden me.”

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Sixth Hour:

Ezekiel 2:3-3:3

3 And he said to me, “Son of man, I send you to the people of Israel, to a nation of rebels, who have rebelled against me; they and their fathers have transgressed against me to this very day.

4 The people also are impudent and stubborn: I send you to them; and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD.’

5 And whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house) they will know that there has been a prophet among them.

6 And you, son of man, be not afraid of them, nor be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns are with you and you sit upon scorpions; be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house.

7 And you shall speak my words to them, whether they hear or refuse to hear; for they are a rebellious house.

8 “But you, son of man, hear what I say to you; be not rebellious like that rebellious house; open your mouth, and eat what I give you.”

9 And when I looked, behold, a hand was stretched out to me, and, lo, a written scroll was in it;

10 and he spread it before me; and it had writing on the front and on the back, and there were written on it words of lamentation and mourning and woe.

Chapter 3

1 And he said to me, “Son of man, eat what is offered to you; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.”

2 So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat.

3 And he said to me, “Son of man, eat this scroll that I give you and fill your stomach with it.” Then I ate it; and it was in my mouth as sweet as honey.

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Vespers (Presanctified):

Exodus 2:11-22

11 One day, when Moses had grown up, he went out to his people and looked on their burdens; and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his people.

12 He looked this way and that, and seeing no one he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.

13 When he went out the next day, behold, two Hebrews were struggling together; and he said to the man that did the wrong, “Why do you strike your fellow?”

14 He answered, “Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid, and thought, “Surely the thing is known.”

15 When Pharaoh heard of it, he sought to kill Moses. But Moses fled from Pharaoh, and stayed in the land of Midian; and he sat down by a well.

16 Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters; and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock.

17 The shepherds came and drove them away; but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.

18 When they came to their father Reuel, he said, “How is it that you have come so soon today?”

19 They said, “An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds, and even drew water for us and watered the flock.”

20 He said to his daughters, “And where is he? Why have you left the man? Call him, that he may eat bread.”

21 And Moses was content to dwell with the man, and he gave Moses his daughter Zipporah.

22 She bore a son, and he called his name Gershom; for he said, “I have been a sojourner in a foreign land.”

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Job 2:1-10

1 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them to present himself before the LORD.

2 And the LORD said to Satan, “Whence have you come?” Satan answered the LORD, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.”

3 And the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil? He still holds fast his integrity, although you moved me against him, to destroy him without cause.”

4 Then Satan answered the LORD, “Skin for skin! All that a man has he will give for his life.

5 But put forth thy hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.”

6 And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your power; only spare his life.”

7 So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD, and afflicted Job with loathsome sores from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.

8 And he took a potsherd with which to scrape himself, and sat among the ashes.

9 Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God, and die.”

10 But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.

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Matthew 26:6-16

6 Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper,

7 a woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head, as he sat at table.

8 But when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste?

9 For this ointment might have been sold for a large sum, and given to the poor.”

10 But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me.

11 For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me.

12 In pouring this ointment on my body she has done it to prepare me for burial.

13 Truly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”

14 Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests

15 and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver.

16 And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.

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