Scripture readings for April, 2019
Hebrews 6:13-20 (Epistle)
13For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself,14saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.”15And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.16For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute.17Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath,18that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.19This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil,20where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
Mark 9:17-31 (Gospel)
17Then one of the crowd answered and said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit.18And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not.”19He answered him and said, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.”20Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth.21So He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood.22And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”23Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”24Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”25When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it: “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!”26Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, “He is dead.”27But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.28And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?”29So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”30Then they departed from there and passed through Galilee, and He did not want anyone to know it.31For He taught His disciples and said to them, “The Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him. And after He is killed, He will rise the third day.”
Hebrews 9:11-14 (Epistle)
11But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation.12Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.13For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh,14how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Mark 10:32-45 (Gospel)
32Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Then He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to Him:33“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him to the Gentiles;34and they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him, and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again.”35Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask.”36And He said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?”37They said to Him, “Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on Your left, in Your glory.”38But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?”39They said to Him, “We are able.” So Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism I am baptized with you will be baptized;40but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared.”41And when the ten heard it, they began to be greatly displeased with James and John.42But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them.43Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant.44And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all.45For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
April 21st - PALM SUNDAY
Philippians 4:4-9 (Epistle)
4Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!5Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.6Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;7and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.8Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.9The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
John 12:1-18 (Gospel)
1Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead.2There they made Him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him.3Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.4But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who would betray Him, said,5Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?6This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it.7But Jesus said, “Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of My burial.8For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always.”9Now a great many of the Jews knew that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead.10But the chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also,11because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus.12The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,13took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ The King of Israel!”14Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written:15“Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your King is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt.”16His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about Him and that they had done these things to Him.17Therefore the people, who were with Him when He called Lazarus out of his tomb and raised him from the dead, bore witness.18For this reason the people also met Him, because they heard that He had done this sign.
April 28th - HOLY PASCHA
Acts 1:1-8 (Epistle)
1The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,2until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen,3to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.4And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me;5for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”6Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”7And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.8But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
John 1:1-17 (Gospel)
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2He was in the beginning with God.3All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.4In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.5And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.7This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe.8He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.9That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.10He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.11He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.12But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:13who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.14And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.15John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’”16And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.17For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.