2nd book of Maccabees
There sprang from these a sinful
offshoot, Antiochus Epiphanes, son of King Antiochus, once a hostage at Rome. He became king in the
year one hundred and thirty-seven of the kingdom of the Greeks.
In those days there
appeared in Israel men who were breakers of the law, and they seduced many people, saying: "Let us
go and make an alliance with the Gentiles all around us; since we separated from them, many evils
have come upon us."
The proposal was agreeable;
some from among the
people promptly went to the king, and he authorized them to introduce the way of living of the
Thereupon they built a gymnasium in Jerusalem according to the Gentile
They covered over the mark of their circumcision and abandoned the holy
covenant; they allied themselves with the Gentiles and sold themselves to
Then the king wrote to his whole kingdom that all should be one
each abandoning his particular customs. All the Gentiles conformed to the
command of the king,
and many Israelites were in favor of his religion; they
sacrificed to idols and profaned the sabbath.
On the fifteenth day of the month
Chislev, in the year one hundred and forty-five, the king erected the horrible abomination upon the
altar of holocausts, and in the surrounding cities of Judah they built pagan
They also burnt incense at the doors of houses and in the
Any scrolls of the law which they found they tore up and
Whoever was found with a scroll of the covenant, and whoever observed the
law, was condemned to death by royal decree.
But many in Israel were determined and
resolved in their hearts not to eat anything unclean;
they preferred to die rather
than to be defiled with unclean food or to profane the holy covenant; and they did die. Terrible
affliction was upon Israel.仅
Rage seizes me because of
the wicked; they forsake your teaching.
Though the snares of the wicked surround me,
your teaching I do not forget.
Free me from human oppression, that I may keep your
Malicious persecutors draw near me; they are far from your
Salvation is far from sinners because they do not cherish
I view the faithless with loathing, because they do not heed your
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint
Now as he approached Jericho a blind man
was sitting by the roadside begging,
and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what
They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by."
shouted, "Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!"
The people walking in front rebuked him,
telling him to be silent, but he kept calling out all the more, "Son of David, have pity on
Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him; and when he came
near, Jesus asked him,
What do you want me to do for you? He replied, "Lord, please
let me see."
Jesus told him, "Have sight; your faith has saved
He immediately received his sight and followed him, giving glory to God. When
they saw this, all the people gave praise to God.