Wednesday, May 27 / May 14 (Church Calendar)
Apodosis of Pascha
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Saints of the Day:
May 14 / 27. Martyr Isidore of Chios. St. Isidore, fool-for-Christ, wonderworker of Rostov. Martyr Maximus. St. Serapion, monk of Egypt. St. Nicetas, Bishop of Novgorod and recluse of the Kiev Caves. New-Martyr Mark of Crete at Smyrna. New-Martyr John of Bulgaria. First Opening of the Relics of St. Tikhon of Zadonsk (1846). (Greek Calendar: Martyrs Alexander, Barbarus and Acolythus, martyred at the Church of the Holy Peace by the Sea in Constantinople. St. Leontius, Patriarch of Jerusalem.) Commemoration of the martyrdom by the Poles of Abbot Anthony with 40 monks and 1000 laymen of St. Paisius of Uglich Monastery, and Abbot Daniel with 30 monks and 200 laymen of St. Nicholas Monastery (1609).
Thought for the Day:
St. Isaac the Syrian
Scripture Readings for the Day:
22 And when he had landed at Caesarea, and gone up and greeted the church, he went down to Antioch. 23 After he had spent some time there, he departed and went over the region of Galatia and Phrygia in order, strengthening all the disciples.
Ministry of Apollos24 Now a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man and mighty in the Scriptures, came to Ephesus. 25 This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26 So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. 27 And when he desired to cross to Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him; and when he arrived, he greatly helped those who had believed through grace; 28 for he vigorously refuted the Jews publicly, showing from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ.
36 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light." These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and was hidden from them.
Who Has Believed Our Report?37 But although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him, 38 that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke:
" Lord, who has believed our report?
And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?"
39 Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again:
40 " He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts,
Lest they should see with their eyes,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them."
41 These things Isaiah said when he saw His glory and spoke of Him.
Walk in the Light42 Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
44 Then 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 a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. 47 And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.