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: 1 Corinthians 15:29-38
Otherwise, what will they do who are baptized for the
dead, if the dead do not rise at all? Why then are they baptized for the
And why do we stand in jeopardy every hour?
I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in
Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
If, in the manner of men, I have fought with beasts
at Ephesus, what advantage is it to me? If the dead do not rise, "Let us
eat and drink, for tomorrow we die."
Do not be deceived: "Evil company corrupts good
Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do
not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.
But someone will say, "How are the dead raised up?
And with what body do they come?"
Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it
And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall
be, but mere grain; perhaps wheat or some other grain.
But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each
seed its own body.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 21:23-27
Now when He came into the temple, the chief priests and the
elders of the people confronted Him as He was teaching, and said, "By what
authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority?"
But Jesus answered and said to them, "I also will ask you
one thing, which if you tell Me, I likewise will tell you by what authority
I do these things:
"The baptism of John, where was it from? From heaven or
from men?" And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From
heaven,' He will say to us, 'Why then did you not believe him?'
"But if we say, 'From men,' we fear the multitude, for all
count John as a prophet."
So they answered Jesus and said, "We do not know." And He
said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.
Saints and Feasts
Mary Magdalene, the Holy Myrrh-bearer and Equal to the Apostles; Markella, the Virgin-martyr of Chios