1st book of Kings 12:26-32.13:33-34.
After taking counsel, the king made two calves
of gold and said to the people: "You have been going up to Jerusalem long enough. Here is your God,
O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt." And he put one in Bethel, the other in
Dan. This led to sin, because the people frequented these calves in Bethel and in Dan.
also built temples on the high places and made priests from among the people who were not Levites.
Jeroboam established a feast in the eighth month on the fifteenth day of the month to duplicate
in Bethel the pilgrimage feast of Judah, with sacrifices to the calves he had made; and he stationed
in Bethel priests of the high places he had built.
Jeroboam did not give up his evil ways after this event, but again made priests for the high places from among the common people. Whoever desired it was consecrated and became a priest of the high places. This was a sin on the part of the house of Jeroboam for which it was to be cut off and destroyed from the earth.
We have sinned like our ancestors;
we have done wrong and are guilty.
Our ancestors in Egypt did not attend to your wonders.
They did not remember your great love;
they defied the Most High at the Red Sea.
At Horeb they fashioned a calf, worshiped a metal statue.
They exchanged their glorious God for the image of a grass-eating bull.
They forgot the God who saved them, who did great
deeds in Egypt,
Amazing deeds in the land of Ham, fearsome deeds at the Red Sea.
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 8:1-10.
His disciples answered him, "Where can
anyone get enough bread to satisfy them here in this deserted place?" Still he asked them, "How
many loaves do you have?" "Seven," they replied.
He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then, taking the seven loaves he gave thanks, broke them, and gave them to his disciples to distribute, and they distributed them to the crowd. They also had a few fish. He said the blessing over them and ordered them distributed also.
They ate and were satisfied. They picked
up the fragments left over--seven baskets. There were about four thousand people. He dismissed
them and got into the boat with his disciples and came to the region of Dalmanutha.
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