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 41-6
Gospel Reading: Matthew 24:13-28
"But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
"And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all
the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.
"Therefore when you see the 'abomination of desolation,'
spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place" (whoever reads,
let him understand),
"then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
"Let him who is on the housetop not come down to take
anything out of his house.
"And let him who is in the field not go back to get his
"But woe to those who are pregnant and to those with
nursing babies in those days!
"And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the
"For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not
been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall
"And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be
saved; but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened.
"Then if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!'
or 'There!' do not believe it.
"For false christs and false prophets will arise and show
great signs and wonders, so as to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
"See, I have told you beforehand.
"Therefore if they say to you, 'Look, He is in the desert!'
do not go out; or 'Look, He is in the inner rooms!' do not believe it.
"For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to
the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
"For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be
Saints and Feasts
Apodosis of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary; Our Holy Father Ireneaus, Bishop of Lyons; Our Holy Father Kallinikos, Patriarch of Constantinople; Lupus the Martyr; Our Righteous Father Nicholas of Sikelion; 38 Martyrs of Thrace; Our Holy Father Ireneaus, Bishop of Sirmium; Haralambos of Kalyviani