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: 2 Timothy 3:16-4:4
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in
that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped
for every good work.
I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ,
who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom:
Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season.
Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound
doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching
ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;
and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be
turned aside to fables.
Gospel Reading: Luke 19:45-48
Then He went into the temple and began to drive out those who
bought and sold in it,
saying to them, "It is written, 'My house is a house of prayer,'
but you have made it a 'den of thieves.' "
And He was teaching daily in the temple. But the chief priests,
the scribes, and the leaders of the people sought to destroy Him,
and were unable to do anything; for all the people were very
attentive to hear Him.
Saints and Feasts
Stephen the New; Irenarchos & his Companion Martyrs at Sebaste; Auxentius, 16 Martyrs of Tiberioupolis