26 June - Saints John and Paul, Martyrs (d.) - Gallo-Russo-Byzantine and Anglican-Byzantine Rites


Ps. 63.11.   THE just shall rejoice in the Lord, and shall hope in him: and all the upright in heart shall be praised. Ps. 73.2. Hear, O God, my prayer when I make supplications to Thee: deliver my soul from the fear of the enemy. Ps. 36.24, 26 When the just man shall fall, he shall not be bruised: for the Lord putteth his hand under him. He showed mercy and lendeth all the day long: and his seed shall be in blessing. 

John 8. 12. He that followeth me walketh not in darkness, but shall have the light of life eternal. Ps. 111.1-3    Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord: he delighteth exceedingly in his commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the righteous shall be blessed. Glory and wealth shall be in his house, and his justice remaineth for ever and ever.


Alleluia. John. 12.26.   If any man minister to me, let him follow me: and where I am, there also shall my minister be.


GRANT, we beseech thee, almighty God: that through the intercession of blessed John and Paul, thy Martyrs, we may be delivered from all adversity that may happen to the body, and may be cleansed in mind from evil thoughts. Through.

LESSON Wis. 3.1-8.    THE souls of the just are in the hand of God, and the torment of death shall not touch them. In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die: and their departure was taken for misery: And their going away from us, for utter destruction: but they are in peace. And though in the sight of men they suffered torments, their hope is full of immortality. Afflicted in few things, in many they shall be well rewarded: because God hath tried them, and found them worthy of himself. As gold in the furnace, he hath proved them, and as a victim of a holocaust, he hath received them, and in time there shall be respect had to them. The just shall shine, and shall run to and fro like sparks among the reeds. They shall judge nations, and rule over people, and their Lord shall reign for ever.

+ The Continuation of the Holy Gospel according to Luke (21.9-19)
AT that time: Jesus said unto his disciples: when you shall hear of wars and seditions, be not terrified. These things must first come to pass: but the end is not yet presently. Then he said to them: Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there shall be great earthquakes in divers places and pestilences and famines and terrors from heaven: and there shall be great signs. But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and into prisons, dragging you before kings and governors, for my name's sake. And it shall happen unto you for a testimony. Lay it up therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before how you shall answer: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to resist and gainsay. And you shall be betrayed by your parents and brethren and kinsmen and friends: and some of you they will put to death. And you shall be hated by all men for my name's sake. But not a hair of your head shall not perish. In your patience you shall possess your souls.