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: Colossians 1:24-29
I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my
flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His
body, which is the church,
of which I became a minister according to the stewardship
from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God,
the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from
generations, but now has been revealed to His saints.
To them God willed to make known what are the riches of
the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the
hope of glory.
Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man
in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.
To this end I also labor, striving according to His
working which works in me mightily.
Gospel Reading: Luke 9:49-56
Then John answered and said, "Master, we saw someone casting
out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow with
But Jesus said to him, "Do not forbid him, for he who is not
against us is for us."
Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be
received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem,
and sent messengers before His face. And as they went, they
entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him.
But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the
journey to Jerusalem.
And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, "
Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume
them, just as Elijah did?"
But He turned and rebuked them, and said, "You do not know what
manner of spirit you are of.
"For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men's lives but to
save them." And they went to another village.
Saints and Feasts
Hosea the Prophet; Holy Martyrs Cosmas and Damian of Arabia; Andrew the Righteous Monk-martyr of Crete