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 2:6-9
However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature,
yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are
coming to nothing.
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden
wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory,
which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they
known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared
for those who love Him."
Gospel Reading: Matthew 22:15-22
Then the Pharisees went and plotted how they might entangle
Him in His talk.
And they sent to Him their disciples with the Herodians,
saying, "Teacher, we know that You are true, and teach the way of God in
truth; nor do You care about anyone, for You do not regard the person of
"Tell us, therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful to
pay taxes to Caesar, or not?"
But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, "Why do you
test Me, you hypocrites?
"Show Me the tax money." So they brought Him a denarius.
And He said to them, "Whose image and inscription is this?"
They said to Him, "Caesar's." And He said to them, "Render
therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things
that are God's."
When they had heard these words, they marveled, and left
Him and went their way.
Saints and Feasts
Translation of the Image of Our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ; Diomedes the Physician & Martyr of Tarsus; Timothy of Euripus, founder of the Monastery of Pentele; Nicodemus the New Martyr of Meteora; Gerasimos the New Ascetic of Cephalonia; Holy Monk Penteles; Afterfeast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary