Epistle Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord
Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you,
not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by
spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ
Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day
will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is
revealed, the son of perdition,
who opposes and exalts himself above all that is
called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of
God, showing himself that he is God.
Do you not remember that when I was still with you I
told you these things?
And now you know what is restraining, that he may be
revealed in his own time.
For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work;
only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.
And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the
Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the
brightness of His coming.
The coming of the lawless one is according to the
working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders,
and with all unrighteous deception among those who
perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might
And for this reason God will send them strong
delusion, that they should believe the lie,
that they all may be condemned who did not believe
the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Gospel Reading: Luke 15:1-10
Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to
And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, "This man
receives sinners and eats with them."
So He spoke this parable to them, saying:
"What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of
them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the
one which is lost until he finds it?
"And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders,
"And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and
neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep
which was lost!'
"I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven
over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no
"Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin,
does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and seek diligently until she finds
"And when she has found it, she calls her friends and
neighbors together, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece
which I lost!'
"Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the
angels of God over one sinner who repents."
Saints and Feasts
John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople; Damaskinos the New Martyr of Mount Athos