Nativity Fast

Nativity Fast readings for 12/21/20

Prayer Before Reading Holy Scripture

O Master Who loves mankind, illuminate our hearts with the pure light of Your divine knowledge and open the eyes of our mind to understand the teachings of Your Gospel. Instill in us also the fear of Your blessed commandments, that we may overcome all carnal desires, entering upon a spiritual life and understanding and acting in all things according to Your holy will. For You are the enlightenment of our souls and bodies, O Christ God, and to You we give glory together with Your eternal Father and Your all-holy, gracious and life-giving Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.

Epistle Reading: Hebrews 3:5-11,17-19

And Moses indeed was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward,

but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.

Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you will hear His voice,

do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, in the day of trial in the wilderness,

where your fathers tested Me, proved Me, and saw My works forty years.

Therefore I was angry with that generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart, and they have not known My ways.’

So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.’ “

Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness?

And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey?

So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

Gospel Reading: Luke 20:27-44

Then some of the Sadducees, who deny that there is a resurrection, came to Him and asked Him,

saying: “Teacher, Moses wrote to us that if a man’s brother dies, having a wife, and he dies without children, his brother should take his wife and raise up offspring for his brother.

“Now there were seven brothers. And the first took a wife, and died without children.

“And the second took her as wife, and he died childless.

“Then the third took her, and in like manner the seven also; and they left no children, and died.

“Last of all the woman died also.

“Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife does she become? For all seven had her as wife.”

And Jesus answered and said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage.

“But those who are counted worthy to attain that age, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage;

“nor can they die anymore, for they are equal to the angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.

“Now even Moses showed in the burning bush passage that the dead are raised, when he called the Lord ‘the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’

“For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him.”

Then some of the scribes answered and said, “Teacher, You have spoken well.”

But after that they dared not question Him anymore.

And He said to them, “How can they say that the Christ is David’s Son?

“Now David himself said in the Book of Psalms, ‘The LORD said to my Lord, “sit at My right hand,

till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” ‘

“David therefore calls Him ‘Lord’; how is He then his Son?”

Saints and Feasts

Forefeast of the Conception by St. Anna of the Most Holy Theotokos; Patapius the Righteous of Thebes; Apollo, Tychikos, Sosthenes, Cephas, Epaphroditos, Caesar, & Onesiphoros, Apostles of the 70

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