2nd book of Maccabees 6:1-13.
King Antiochus was traversing the inland provinces, he heard that in Persia there was a city called
Elymais, famous for its wealth in silver and gold, and that its temple was very rich, containing
gold helmets, breastplates, and weapons left there by Alexander, son of Philip, king of Macedon, the
first king of the Greeks. He went therefore and tried to capture and pillage the city. But he could
not do so, because his plan became known to the people of the city who rose up in battle against
him. So he retreated and in great dismay withdrew from there to return to Babylon. While he was in
Persia, a messenger brought him news that the armies sent into the land of Judah had been put to
flight; that Lysias had gone at first with a strong army and been driven back by the Israelites;
that they had grown strong by reason of the arms, men, and abundant possessions taken from the
armies they had destroyed; that they had pulled down the Abomination which he had built upon the
altar in Jerusalem; and that they had surrounded with high walls both the sanctuary, as it had been
before, and his city of Beth-zur. When the king heard this news, he was struck with fear and very
much shaken. Sick with grief because his designs had failed, he took to his bed. There he remained
many days, overwhelmed with sorrow, for he knew he was going to die. So he called in all his Friends
and said to them: "Sleep has departed from my eyes, for my heart is sinking with anxiety. I said to
myself: 'Into what tribulation have I come, and in what floods of sorrow am I now! Yet I was kindly
and beloved in my rule.' But I now recall the evils I did in Jerusalem, when I carried away all the
vessels of gold and silver that were in it, and for no cause gave orders that the inhabitants of
Judah be destroyed. I know that this is why these evils have overtaken me; and now I am dying, in
bitter grief, in a foreign land."
I will praise you,
LORD, with all my heart; I will declare all your wondrous deeds. I will delight and rejoice in you;
I will sing hymns to your name, Most High. For my enemies turn back; they stumble and perish before
you. You rebuked the nations, you destroyed the wicked; their name you blotted out for all time The
nations fall into the pit they dig; in the snare they hide, their own foot is caught. The needy will
never be forgotten, nor will the hope of the afflicted ever fade.
Holy Gospel of Jesus
Christ according to Saint Luke 20:27-40.
Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a
resurrection, came forward and put this question to him,saying, "Teacher, Moses wrote for us, 'If
someone's brother dies leaving a wife but no child, his brother must take the wife and raise up
descendants for his brother.'Now there were seven brothers; the first married a woman but died
childless. Then the second and the third married her, and likewise all the seven died childless.
Finally the woman also died. Now at the resurrection whose wife will that woman be? For all seven
had been married to her." Jesus said to them, "The children of this age marry and remarry; but those
who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead neither marry
nor are given in marriage. They can no longer die, for they are like angels; and they are the
children of God because they are the ones who will rise. That the dead will rise even Moses made
known in the passage about the bush, when he called 'Lord' the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and
the God of Jacob; and he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive."
Some of the scribes said in reply, "Teacher, you have answered well." And they no longer dared to
ask him anything.