May 2nd, 2019

Athanasius of Alexandria, Pastor and Confessor


First Reading: Ex. 25:1-22


 1And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 2Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering.

 3And this is the offering which ye shall take of them; gold, and silver, and brass,

 4And blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats' hair,

 5And rams' skins dyed red, and badgers' skins, and shittim wood,

 6Oil for the light, spices for anointing oil, and for sweet incense,

 7Onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod, and in the breastplate.

 8And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.

 9According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it.

 10And they shall make an ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof.

 11And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, within and without shalt thou overlay it, and shalt make upon it a crown of gold round about.

 12And thou shalt cast four rings of gold for it, and put them in the four corners thereof; and two rings shall be in the one side of it, and two rings in the other side of it.

 13And thou shalt make staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold.

 14And thou shalt put the staves into the rings by the sides of the ark, that the ark may be borne with them.

 15The staves shall be in the rings of the ark: they shall not be taken from it.

 16And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee.

 17And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof.

 18And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat.

 19And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubims on the two ends thereof.

 20And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be.

 21And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee.

 22And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.



Second Reading: Lk. 5:17-39


 17And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them.

 18And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him.

 19And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus.

 20And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.

 21And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?

 22But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts?

 23Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk?

 24But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.

 25And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God.

 26And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day.

 27And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me.

 28And he left all, rose up, and followed him.

 29And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them.

 30But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?

 31And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.

 32I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

 33And they said unto him, Why do the disciples of John fast often, and make prayers, and likewise the disciples of the Pharisees; but thine eat and drink?

 34And he said unto them, Can ye make the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them?

 35But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.

 36And he spake also a parable unto them; No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeth not with the old.

 37And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish.

 38But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved.

 39No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.



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