Commemoration of St. Paul


June 30

Epistle  •  Galatians 1:11-20

Lesson from the Epistle of Blessed Paul the Apostle to the Galatians.

[The Apostle’s calling and his mission.]

Brethren, I give you to understand that the Gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For neither did I receive it of man, nor did I learn it; but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. For you have heard of my conversion in time past in the Jews’ religion: how that beyond measure I persecuted the Church of God, and wasted it; and I made progress in the Jews’ religion above many of my equals in my own nation, being more abundantly zealous for the traditions of my fathers.

But when it pleased Him, Who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, immediately I condescended not to flesh and blood. Neither went I to Jerusalem to the Apostles who were before me: but I went into Arabia, and again I returned to Damascus. Then, after three years, I went to Jerusalem to see Peter, and I tarried with him fifteen days; but other of the Apostles I saw none, saving James, the brother of the Lord. Now the things which I write to you, behold before God I lie not.

Gospel  •  Matthew 10:16-22

Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. 

[Christ sends out His Apostles.]

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: Behold I send you as sheep in the midst of wolves. Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and simple as doves. But beware of men: for they will deliver you up in councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues. And you shall be brought before governors, and before kings, for My sake, for a testimony to them and to the Gentiles.

But when they shall deliver you up, take not thought how, or what, to speak; for it shall be given you in that hour what to speak: for it is not you that speak, but the Spirit of your Father that speaketh in you. The brother also shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the son; and the children shall rise up against the parents, and shall put them to death; and you shall be hated by all men for My Name’s sake; but he that shall persevere to the end, he shall be saved.