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From the Sabbath Divine Services, an Expository Sermon from the Daily Lection for February 17th, 2018

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Psalmody: Psalm 89 and Psalm 160

First Reading: Jeremiah 4.1-18

“If thou wilt return, O Israel, saith the Lord, return unto me: and if thou wilt put away thine abominations out of my sight, then shalt thou not remove.And thou shalt swear, The Lord liveth, in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; and the nations shall bless themselves in him, and in him shall they glory.For thus saith the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, and take away the foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.Declare ye in Judah, and publish in Jerusalem; and say, Blow ye the trumpet in the land: cry, gather together, and say, Assemble yourselves, and let us go into the defenced cities.Set up the standard toward Zion: retire, stay not: for I will bring evil from the north, and a great destruction.The lion is come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of the Gentiles is on his way; he is gone forth from his place to make thy land desolate; and thy cities shall be laid waste, without an inhabitant.For this gird you with sackcloth, lament and howl: for the fierce anger of the Lord is not turned back from us.And it shall come to pass at that day, saith the Lord, that the heart of the king shall perish, and the heart of the princes; and the priests shall be astonished, and the prophets shall wonder.Then said I, Ah, Lord God! surely thou hast greatly deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall have peace; whereas the sword reacheth unto the soul.At that time shall it be said to this people and to Jerusalem, A dry wind of the high places in the wilderness toward the daughter of my people, not to fan, nor to cleanse,Even a full wind from those places shall come unto me: now also will I give sentence against them.Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots shall be as a whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe unto us! for we are spoiled.O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee?For a voice declareth from Dan, and publisheth affliction from mount Ephraim.Make ye mention to the nations; behold, publish against Jerusalem, that watchers come from a far country, and give out their voice against the cities of Judah.As keepers of a field, are they against her round about; because she hath been rebellious against me, saith the Lord.Thy way and thy doings have procured these things unto thee; this is thy wickedness, because it is bitter, because it reacheth unto thine heart.
Magnificat       Either the Magnificat (as follows) or Cantate Domino (Psalm 98) is said or sung.   1  My soul doth magnify the Lord :  and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.   2  For he hath regarded :  the lowliness of his handmaiden.   3  For behold, from henceforth :  all generations shall call me blessed.   4  For he that is mighty hath magnified me :  and holy is his Name.   5  And his mercy is on them that fear him :  throughout all generations.   6  He hath shewed strength with his arm :  he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.   7  He hath put down the mighty from their seat :  and hath exalted the humble and meek.   8  He hath filled the hungry with good things :  and the rich he hath sent empty away.   9  He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel :  as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever.  Luke 1.46-55     Glory be to the Father, and to the Son :  and to the Holy Ghost;  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :  world without end. Amen.


New Testament Reading

Second Reading:

John 4.43-end

“Now after two days he departed thence, and went into Galilee.For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honour in his own country.Then when he was come into Galilee, the Galilaeans received him, having seen all the things that he did at Jerusalem at the feast: for they also went unto the feast.So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum.When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death.Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die.Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way.And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth.Then enquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house.This is again the second miracle that Jesus did, when he was come out of Judaea into Galilee.”


Combined Saints Honored and Commemorated this day February 17th:

Note that these Saints were all Sabbath keepers: http://christsassembly.com/2015/05/honoring-of-the-sabbath-in-the-historic-orthodox-church/

Celebrated on the Old Calendar (or Feb 4th on new Calendar)

Pre-Schism Western Saints Celebrated February 17th (or February 4th on new Calendar)

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