June 12th, 2019

The Ecumenical Council of Nicaea, A.D. 325


First Reading: Num. 23:4-28

 4And God met Balaam: and he said unto him, I have prepared seven altars, and I have offered upon every altar a bullock and a ram.

 5And the LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, Return unto Balak, and thus thou shalt speak.

 6And he returned unto him, and, lo, he stood by his burnt sacrifice, he, and all the princes of Moab.

 7And he took up his parable, and said, Balak the king of Moab hath brought me from Aram, out of the mountains of the east, saying, Come, curse me Jacob, and come, defy Israel.

 8How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the LORD hath not defied?

 9For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations.

 10Who can count the dust of Jacob, and the number of the fourth part of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his!

 11And Balak said unto Balaam, What hast thou done unto me? I took thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast blessed them altogether.

 12And he answered and said, Must I not take heed to speak that which the LORD hath put in my mouth?

 13And Balak said unto him, Come, I pray thee, with me unto another place, from whence thou mayest see them: thou shalt see but the utmost part of them, and shalt not see them all: and curse me them from thence.

 14And he brought him into the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and built seven altars, and offered a bullock and a ram on every altar.

 15And he said unto Balak, Stand here by thy burnt offering, while I meet the LORD yonder.

 16And the LORD met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, Go again unto Balak, and say thus.

 17And when he came to him, behold, he stood by his burnt offering, and the princes of Moab with him. And Balak said unto him, What hath the LORD spoken?

 18And he took up his parable, and said, Rise up, Balak, and hear; hearken unto me, thou son of Zippor:

 19God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

 20Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it.

 21He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel: the LORD his God is with him, and the shout of a king is among them.

 22God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn.

 23Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel: according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought!

 24Behold, the people shall rise up as a great lion, and lift up himself as a young lion: he shall not lie down until he eat of the prey, and drink the blood of the slain.

 25And Balak said unto Balaam, Neither curse them at all, nor bless them at all.

 26But Balaam answered and said unto Balak, Told not I thee, saying, All that the LORD speaketh, that I must do?

 27And Balak said unto Balaam, Come, I pray thee, I will bring thee unto another place; peradventure it will please God that thou mayest curse me them from thence.

 28And Balak brought Balaam unto the top of Peor, that looketh toward jeshimon.


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Second Reading: Lk. 22:47-71

 47And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him.

 48But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?

 49When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword?

 50And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear.

 51And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him.

 52Then Jesus said unto the chief priests, and captains of the temple, and the elders, which were come to him, Be ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and staves?

 53When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.

 54Then took they him, and led him, and brought him into the high priest's house. And Peter followed afar off.

 55And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, and were set down together, Peter sat down among them.

 56But a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him, and said, This man was also with him.

 57And he denied him, saying, Woman, I know him not.

 58And after a little while another saw him, and said, Thou art also of them. And Peter said, Man, I am not.

 59And about the space of one hour after another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him: for he is a Galilaean.

 60And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew.

 61And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.

 62And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.

 63And the men that held Jesus mocked him, and smote him.

 64And when they had blindfolded him, they struck him on the face, and asked him, saying, Prophesy, who is it that smote thee?

 65And many other things blasphemously spake they against him.

 66And as soon as it was day, the elders of the people and the chief priests and the scribes came together, and led him into their council, saying,

 67Art thou the Christ? tell us. And he said unto them, If I tell you, ye will not believe:

 68And if I also ask you, ye will not answer me, nor let me go.

 69Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God.

 70Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of God? And he said unto them, Ye say that I am.

 71And they said, What need we any further witness? for we ourselves have heard of his own mouth.


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