Saints Cyril and Methodius

Bishops, Confessors

July 7

Epistle  •  Hebrews 7:23-27

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

[The eternal priesthood of Christ, according to the order of Melchisedech, is the exalted dignity in which saintly Bishops share.]

Brethren, There were made many priests, because by reason of death they were not suffered to continue: but Jesus, for that He continueth for ever, hath an everlasting priesthood. Whereby He is able also to save for ever them that come to God by Him: always living to make intercession for us. For it was fitting that we should have such a High Priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and made higher than the heavens: Who needeth not daily, as the other priests, to offer sacrifices, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this He did once in offering Himself, Jesus Christ Our Lord.

Gospel  •  Luke 10:1-9

Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Luke. 

[Christ sends forth and instructs His seventy-two disciples.]

At that time, the Lord appointed also other seventy-two; and He sent them two and two before His face into every city and place whither He Himself was to come. And He said to them: The harvest indeed is great, but the laborers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest that He send laborers into His harvest. Go, behold I send you as lambs among wolves. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes; and salute no man by the way.

Into whatsoever house you enter, first say: Peace be to this house; and if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon him: but if not, it shall return to you, and in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they have: for the laborer is worthy of his hire. Remove not from house to house. And into what city soever you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you; and heal the sick that are therein; and say to them: The Kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.