Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Scripture Readings for Wednesday of Cheesefare Week

 

On Wednesday and Friday of Cheesefare Week there is no Divine Liturgy, since they are days equated with that of a weekday in Great Lent, when there is no Divine Liturgy as well. For this reason there is no Epistle and Gospel Reading for these two days, but instead during the Sixth Hour and Vespers there is a Reading from one of the Prophets: Wednesday it is from the Prophet Joel and Friday it is from the Prophet Zechariah.

Cheesefare Wednesday 
Vespers

Prokeimenon
Tone 5

Save me, O God, by your name and judge me by your strength!

Verse: Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth!
 
The reading is from the prophecy of Joel (3:12-21):

Let the nations bestir themselves, and come up to the valley of Jehosh'aphat; for there I will sit to judge all the nations round about.

Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Go in, tread, for the wine press is full. The vats overflow, for their wickedness is great.

Multitudes, multitudes, in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. The sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars withdraw their shining.

And the Lord roars from Zion, and utters his voice from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth shake. But the Lord is a refuge to his people, a stronghold to the people of Israel.

"So you shall know that I am the Lord your God, who dwell in Zion, my holy mountain. And Jerusalem shall be holy and strangers shall never again pass through it.

"And in that day the mountains shall drip sweet wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the stream beds of Judah shall flow with water; and a fountain shall come forth from the house of the Lord and water the valley of Shittim.

"Egypt shall become a desolation and Edom a desolate wilderness, for the violence done to the people of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land. But Judah shall be inhabited for ever, and Jerusalem to all generations. I will avenge their blood, and I will not clear the guilty, for the Lord dwells in Zion."

Prokeimenon
Tone 6

Let Israel hope in the Lord henceforth and forevermore!

Verse: Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high!
 
Cheesefare Wednesday 
Sixth Hour

Troparion of the Prophecy
Tone 3

King, holy and almighty,
Before you all creation stands in fear and trembling!
Save us and forgive our sins, in your great mercy.

Prokeimenon
Tone 6

O Lord, save your people, and bless your inheritance!

Verse: To you, Lord, will I call; my God, be not silent to me!

Prophecy
Joel 2:12-26

"Yet even now," says the Lord, "return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments." Return to the Lord, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and repents of evil. Who knows whether he will not turn and repent, and leave a blessing behind him, a cereal offering and a drink offering for the Lord, your God?

Blow the trumpet in Zion; sanctify a fast; call a solemn assembly; gather the people. Sanctify the congregation; assemble the elders; gather the children, even nursing infants. Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her chamber.

Between the vestibule and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep and say, "Spare thy people, O Lord, and make not thy heritage a reproach, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, 'Where is their God?'"

Then the Lord became jealous for his land, and had pity on his people. The Lord answered and said to his people, "Behold, I am sending to you grain, wine, and oil, and you will be satisfied; and I will no more make you a reproach among the nations.

"I will remove the northerner far from you, and drive him into a parched and desolate land, his front into the eastern sea, and his rear into the western sea; the stench and foul smell of him will rise, for he has done great things.

"Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice, for the Lord has done great things! Fear not, you beasts of the field, for the pastures of the wilderness are green; the tree bears its fruit, the fig tree and vine give their full yield.

"Be glad, O sons of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord, your God; for he has given the early rain for your vindication, he has poured down for you abundant rain, the early and the latter rain, as before.

"The threshing floors shall be full of grain, the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. I will restore to you the years which the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you.

"You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame."

Prokeimenon
Tone 7

The Lord will give strength to his people! The Lord will bless his people with peace!

Verse: Give to the Lord, sons of God, give to the Lord glory and praise!


 
 
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