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: Ephesians 2:14-22
For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and
has broken down the middle wall of division between us,
having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law
of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new
man from the two, thus making peace,
and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body
through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.
And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off
and to those who were near.
For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the
Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners,
but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,
having been built on the foundation of the apostles and
prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone,
in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows
into a holy temple in the Lord,
in whom you also are being built together for a habitation
of God in the Spirit.
Gospel Reading: Luke 13:10-17
Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.
And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity
eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up.
But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, "
Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity."
And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made
straight, and glorified God.
But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation,
because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, "There
are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on
them, and not on the Sabbath day."
The Lord then answered him and said, "Hypocrite! Does not each
one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or his donkey from the stall, and
lead it away to water it?
"So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom
Satan has bound; think of it; for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond
on the Sabbath?"
And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to
shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were
done by Him.
Saints and Feasts
Apodosis of the Presentation of the Theotokos into the Temple; Catherine the Great Martyr of Alexandria; Mercurius the Great Martyr of Caesarea in Cappadocia