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 Corinthians 1:1-7
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God,
and Timothy our brother, To the church of God which is at Corinth, with all
the saints who are in all Achaia:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be
able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which
we ourselves are comforted by God.
For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our
consolation also abounds through Christ.
Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and
salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we
also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and
And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that
as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the
Gospel Reading: Matthew 21:43-46
"Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken
from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it.
"And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on
whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder."
Now when the chief priests and Pharisees heard His parables,
they perceived that He was speaking of them.
But when they sought to lay hands on Him, they feared the
multitudes, because they took Him for a prophet.
Saints and Feasts
Translation of the Image of Our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ; Diomedes the Physician & Martyr of Tarsus; Timothy of Euripus, founder of the Monastery of Pentele; Nicodemus the New Martyr of Meteora; Gerasimos the New Ascetic of Cephalonia; Holy Monk Penteles; Afterfeast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary; The Six Martyrs Dorotheos, Sarantis, Jacob, Seraphim, Demetrios and Basil who contested in Megara; Manuel and John the New Martyrs