I Thessalonians 5:14-23

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I Thessalonians 5:14–23

14Therefore, I think it best that the younger widows should get married, bear children and manage their homes; this will give the enemy no opportunity for slander. 15For already some have strayed to follow Satan. 16Believers who have widows among their close relatives should take care of them. Do not allow the Church to be burdened so that it might relieve [only] those who are truly widows. 

17Presbyters who rule well should be accounted worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard in preaching and teaching. 18As the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle the ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer is worthy of his wages.”

19Do not receive an accusation against a presbyter, except at the word of two or three witnesses. 20Reprove those who have sinned in the sight of all, so that the others may also be in fear. 21I command you in the sight of God and Christ Jesus, and the elect angels: observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing with partiality. 22Do not lay your hands hastily on anyone and do not be a participant in someone else’s sins. Keep yourself pure. 23Do not drink only water but use a little wine for your stomach and because of your frequent illnesses. 

You will hear this Epistle read at The Good Shepherd Orthodox Church during Holy Week, on Great and Holy Wednesday. It is paired with a Gospel reading from Matthew 9:9-13.


The Good Shepherd Orthodox Church, located in Clayton, Melbourne, is a living witness to the power of the Gospel and the fullness of the Christian Faith in modern, secular Australia. 

About us. We are a vibrant Australian Christian community under the direction of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand & the Philippines, which is under the jurisdiction of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East. The Church of Antioch is the continuation of the Christian community founded in Antioch by the Apostles Peter (who served as its first bishop) and Paul. The Patriarchate of Antioch is the oldest of the ancient Patriarchates constituting the one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ.

All services are in the English language and the Service of Holy Unction is held in the Main Chapel of the Religious Centre at Monash University, Clayton Campus, conveniently located in the centre of Melbourne’s residential population.

Parking in the University car parks is free after 7:00 pm, but please take note of all signs regarding Loading Zones, No Standing and Disabled Parking, these restrictions apply and are enforced.

For directions to the Religious Centre click here