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This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a
desireth a good work.
A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one
vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to
Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre;
patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
One that ruleth well his own house, having his children
subjection with all gravity;
(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall
take care of the church of God?)
Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into
condemnation of the devil.
Moreover he must have a good report of them which are
lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not
to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;
Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.
And let these also first be proved; then let them use the
of a deacon, being found blameless.
Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers,
faithful in all things.
Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling
children and their own houses well.
For they that have used the office of a deacon well
themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in
These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto
But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou
behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living
God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:
was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels,
preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into
Orthodox Library, St. Seraphim of Mt. Domvu, 2008.
Have mercy, O Lord, upon Thy servants
the scribe John, the priest Peter, the suffering people of Burma,
and the parishioners of the temple of Saint Andrew in Lubbock.
THE END, AND TO GOD BE THE GLORY!