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: Philippians 2:17-23
Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on
the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.
For the same reason you also be glad and rejoice with me.
But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you
shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your state.
For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care
for your state.
For all seek their own, not the things which are of
But you know his proven character, that as a son with
his father he served with me in the gospel.
Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see
how it goes with me.
Gospel Reading: Luke 5:12-16
And it happened when He was in a certain city, that behold, a
man who was full of leprosy saw Jesus; and he fell on his face and implored
Him, saying, "Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean."
Then He put out His hand and touched him, saying, "I am willing;
be cleansed." And immediately the leprosy left him.
And He charged him to tell no one, "But go and show yourself to
the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as a testimony to them,
just as Moses commanded."
Then the report went around concerning Him all the more; and
great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by Him of their
So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.
Saints and Feasts
Gregory the Illuminator, Bishop of Armenia; Mardonios & Stratonikos the Martyrs