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“There will be prodigious phenomena in the sun, the moon and the stars. The sun will darken, the moon will no longer give its brightness, the stars will fall from the sky, and the virtues of the heavens will be shaken. “All over the world the nations will be dismayed at the confused sound of the sea and the waves, and men will dry up in fear, waiting for the things that will happen to the whole universe. “Then shall appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man. All the tribes of the earth will cry out in pain, and they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven with great power and majesty. “And He will send His angels with a trumpet with a loud voice, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from every end of the horizon. “When these things begin to take place, lift up your heads and see, for your deliverance is near.” Then He compared it to them: “Look at the fig tree and all the other trees; when their branches grow tender and the leaves are born and the fruits appear, it is a sign that summer is near. So when you see all these things, know that the Kingdom of God is near, that it is at the door. “Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away until all these things come to pass. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away.”

(Gospel: St. Matthew 24, 29-35; St. Luke 21, 25-28)