Feb 5 - The Holy Martyr Agatha and postfeast of the Presentation

Troparion (4): Your lamb Agatha, O Jesus, cries in loud voice: You, O my bridegroom, I love. And seeking You, I undergo martyrdom. And with You I am crucified and buried in Your baptism, and I suffer for Your sake that I may reign with You. And I die on Your behalf that I may live in You. Receive me as a spotless sacrifice, sacrificed for You with love. Throu her intercession in Your mercy save our souls.
Troparion (1): Hail, Mother of God, Virgin full of grace. From you has shown forth the Sun of Justice, Christ our God, shingin upon those who are in darkness. Rejoice also, you just elder, Simeon, for you received in your arms the Redeemer of our souls,Who has giving us resurrection.
Kontakion (6): O Christ our God, through Your birth You santified the Virgin's womb, and blessed, as was proper, the hands of Simeon. Today, You have come to bring us deliverance. Give peace to nations at war and strengthen our civil authorities, for You alone love mankind
Kontakon (2): We, all the faithful, have found your shrine to be a place of spiritual healing, and we cry aloud to you: O glorious virgin martyr Agatha, pray unceasingly to Christ our God for all of us!

1 Pet 3:10-22

“He that would love life
and see good days,
let him keep his tongue from evil
and his lips from speaking guile;
 let him turn away from evil and do right;
let him seek peace and pursue it.
 For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous,
and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those that do evil.”
Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is right?  But even if you do suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled,  but in your hearts reverence Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to make a defense to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence;  and keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are abused, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.  For it is better to suffer for doing right, if that should be God’s will, than for doing wrong.  For Christ also diedh for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit;  in which he went and preached to the spirits in prison,  who formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water.  Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a clear conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,  who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers subject to him.

Mark 12:18-27

 And Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection; and they asked him a question, saying,  “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife, but leaves no child, the many must take the wife, and raise up children for his brother.  There were seven brothers; the first took a wife, and when he died left no children;  and the second took her, and died, leaving no children; and the third likewise;  and the seven left no children. Last of all the woman also died.  In the resurrection whose wife will she be? For the seven had her as wife.”

 Jesus said to them, “Is not this why you are wrong, that you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God?  For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.  And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’?  He is not God of the dead, but of the living; you are quite wrong.”

The Life of St. Agatha, from Ancient Faith Ministries