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 6:18-24
praying always with all prayer and supplication in the
Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication
for all the saints;
and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may
open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel,
for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may
speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
But that you also may know my affairs and how I am doing,
Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make
all things known to you;
whom I have sent to you for this very purpose, that you
may know our affairs, and that he may comfort your hearts.
Peace to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the
Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in
Gospel Reading: Luke 4:22-30
So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words
which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, "Is this not Joseph's son?"
And He said to them, "You will surely say this proverb to Me, '
Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also
here in Your country.' "
Then He said, "Assuredly, I say to you, no prophet is accepted
in his own country.
"But I tell you truly, many widows were in Israel in the days
of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and
there was a great famine throughout all the land;
"but to none of them was Elijah sent except to Zarephath, in
the region of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow.
"And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Elisha the
prophet, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian."
Then all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things,
were filled with wrath,
and rose up and thrust Him out of the city; and they led Him to
the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw
Him down over the cliff.
Then passing through the midst of them, He went His way.
Saints and Feasts
Phocas the Martyr, Bishop of Sinope; Phocas the Cyprian; Isaac & Martinos the Martyrs 26 Monk-martyrs of Zographou Monastery martyred by the Latins