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: Romans 5:1-10
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with
God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in
which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing
that tribulation produces perseverance;
and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been
poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ
died for the ungodly.
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for
a good man someone would even dare to die.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we
were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we
shall be saved from wrath through Him.
For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through
the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved
by His life.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 6:22-33
"The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is
good, your whole body will be full of light.
"But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of
darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is
"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the
one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the
other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
"Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what
you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put
on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
"Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor
reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you
not of more value than they?
"Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
"So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of
the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;
"and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory
was not arrayed like one of these.
"Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today
is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you,
O you of little faith?
"Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or'
What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'
"For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your
heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
"But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,
and all these things shall be added to you.
Saints and Feasts
Cosmas & Damian the Holy Unmercenaries; Constantine the New Martyr of Cyprus; Nicodemos of the Holy Mountain