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 Timothy 4:4-8,16
For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be
refused if it is received with thanksgiving;
for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a
good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the
good doctrine which you have carefully followed.
But reject profane and old wives' fables, and exercise
yourself rather to godliness.
For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is
profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of
that which is to come.
Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in
them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.
Gospel Reading: Luke 13:31-35
On that very day some Pharisees came, saying to Him, "Get out
and depart from here, for Herod wants to kill You."
And He said to them, "Go, tell that fox, 'Behold, I cast out
demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be
"Nevertheless I must journey today, tomorrow, and the day
following; for it cannot be that a prophet should perish outside of
"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and
stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your
children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were
"See! Your house is left to you desolate; and assuredly, I
say to you, you shall not see Me until the time comes when you say, '
Blessed is He who Comes in the name of the LORD!' "
Saints and Feasts
Philip the Apostle; Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessaloniki; Holy Great New Martyr Constantine of Hydra