Daily Reading for December 16, 2015
St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 5:11-14; 6:1-8
Prokeimenon. Mode 3. Luke 1: 46-48
My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
For he has regarded the humility of his servant.
BRETHREN, about Melchizedek we have much to say which is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need some one to teach you again the first principles of God’s word. You need milk, not solid food; for every one who lives on milk is unskilled in the work of righteousness, for he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their faculties trained by practice to distinguish good from evil. Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, with instruction about ablutions, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits. For it is impossible to restore again to repentance those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they then commit apostasy, since they crucify the Son of God on their own account and hold him up to contempt. For land which has drunk the rain that often falls upon it, and brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God. But if it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed; its end is to be burned.
Wednesday of the 13th Week, the Gospel according to Mark 8:30-34
At that time, Jesus charged his disciples to tell no one that he is the Christ. And he began to teach them that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. And he said this plainly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him. But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter, and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not on the side of God, but of men.” And he called to him the multitude with his disciples, and said to them, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”
The Holy Prophet Aggaeus (Haggai), December 16
The Prophet Aggaeus, whose name means “festive,” was born in Babylon at the time of the captivity Of the Jews. He began to prophesy in Jerusalem after their return thereto, and to admonish the people to rebuild the Temple, in the days of Zorobabel, the second year of the reign of Darius Hystaspes, King of Persia, about the year 520 before Christ. His prophecy, divided into two chapters, is ranked tenth among the minor Prophets.
Apolytikion of Prophet Haggai in the Second Tone
As we celebrate the memory of Thy Prophet Aggaeus, O Lord, through him we beseech Thee to save our souls.
Kontakion of Prophet Haggai in the Second Tone
Illumined in mind with streams of light from Heaven’s heights, thou brightly didst shine in prophecy throughout the world; and in manifesting types of Christ’s dispensation, which was to come, thou becamest illustrious, O Prophet Aggaeus, wise in things divine.
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