Epistle Reading: Titus 1:5-2:1
For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in
order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I
if a man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful
children not accused of dissipation or insubordination.
For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-
willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for
but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just,
holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he
may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who
For there are many insubordinate, both idle talkers and
deceivers, especially those of the circumcision,
whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole households,
teaching things which they ought not, for the sake of dishonest gain.
One of them, a prophet of their own, said, "Cretans are always
liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons."
This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that
they may be sound in the faith,
not giving heed to Jewish fables and commandments of men who
turn from the truth.
To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled
and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are
They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being
abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.
But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound
Gospel Reading: Luke 20:9-18
Then He began to tell the people this parable: "A certain man
planted a vineyard, leased it to vinedressers, and went into a far country
for a long time.
"Now at vintage-time he sent a servant to the vinedressers,
that they might give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the
vinedressers beat him and sent him away empty-handed.
"Again he sent another servant; and they beat him also,
treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed.
"And again he sent a third; and they wounded him also and
cast him out.
"Then the owner of the vineyard said, 'What shall I do? I
will send my beloved son. Probably they will respect him when they see him.'
"But when the vinedressers saw him, they reasoned among
themselves, saying, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, that the
inheritance may be ours.'
"So they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him.
Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do to them?
"He will come and destroy those vinedressers and give the
vineyard to others." And when they heard it they said, "Certainly not!"
And He looked at them and said, "What then is this that is
written: 'The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief
"Whoever falls on that stone will be broken; but on whomever
it falls, it will grind him to powder."
Saints and Feasts
Andrew the First- Called Apostle; Froumentios, Archbishop of Abyssina