Epistle Reading: Hebrews 3:5-11,17-19
And Moses indeed was faithful in all His house as a servant,
for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward,
but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if
we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.
Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: "Today, if you will hear
do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, in the day of
trial in the wilderness,
where your fathers tested Me, proved Me, and saw My works
Therefore I was angry with that generation, and said, 'They
always go astray in their heart, and they have not known My ways.'
So I swore in My wrath, 'They shall not enter My rest.' "
Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with
those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness?
And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest,
but to those who did not obey?
So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
Gospel Reading: Mark 8:11-21
And the Pharisees came out and began to dispute with Him,
seeking from Him a sign from heaven, testing Him.
But He sighed deeply in His spirit, and said, "Why does this
generation seek a sign? Assuredly, I say to you, no sign shall be given to
And He left them, and getting into the boat again, departed to
the other side.
Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, and they did not
have more than one loaf with them in the boat.
Then He charged them, saying, "Take heed, beware of the leaven
of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod."
So they reasoned among themselves, saying, "It is because we
have no bread."
And Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, "Why do you reason
because you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive nor understand? Is your
heart still hardened?
"Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear?
And do you not remember?
"When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many
baskets full of fragments did you take up?" They said to Him, "Twelve."
"And when I broke the seven for the four thousand, how many
large baskets full of fragments did you take up?" And they said, "Seven."
So He said to them, "How is it you do not understand?"
Saints and Feasts
The Conception by St. Anna of the Most Holy Theotokos; Hannah the Righteous, mother of Samuel the Prophet; Narses the Martyr of Persia; The Consecration of the Church of the Resurrection (Holy Sepulchre) in the Holy City of Jerusalem