Prayer Before Reading Holy Scripture
O Master Who loves mankind, illuminate our hearts with the pure light of Your divine knowledge and open the eyes of our mind to understand the teachings of Your Gospel. Instill in us also the fear of Your blessed commandments, that we may overcome all carnal desires, entering upon a spiritual life and understanding and acting in all things according to Your holy will. For You are the enlightenment of our souls and bodies, O Christ God, and to You we give glory together with Your eternal Father and Your all-holy, gracious and life-giving Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.
Epistle Reading: Romans 12:1-3
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,
that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God,
which is your reasonable service.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by
the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and
acceptable and perfect will of God.
For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is
among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but
to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 10:37-11:1
"He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy
of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.
"And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is
not worthy of Me.
"He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his
life for My sake will find it.
"He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me
receives Him who sent Me.
"He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall
receive a prophet's reward. And he who receives a righteous man in the name
of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.
"And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of
cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by
no means lose his reward."
Now it came to pass, when Jesus finished commanding His
twelve disciples, that He departed from there to teach and to preach in
Saints and Feasts
Synaxis of Archangel Gabriel; Stephen of Mar Sabbas Monastery; Holy Martyr Golinduc; Marcian the Martyr of Iconium; Serapion the Martyr