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 5:10-15
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of
Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to
what he has done, whether good or bad.
Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we
persuade men; but we are well-known to God, and I also trust are well-known
in your consciences.
For we do not commend ourselves again to you, but give
you opportunity to glory on our behalf, that you may have something to
answer those who glory in appearance and not in heart.
For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; or if
we are of sound mind, it is for you.
For the love of Christ constrains us, because we judge
thus: that if One died for all, then all died;
and He died for all, that those who live should live
no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.
Gospel Reading: Mark 1:9-15
It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of
Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens
parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove.
Then a voice came from heaven, "You are My beloved Son, in whom
I am well pleased."
And immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness.
And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan,
and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him.
Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee,
preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is
at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel."
Saints and Feasts
Pimen the Great; Holy Martyr Phanurius; Anthousa the Martyr; Poimen of Palestine; Hosisos the Confessor; Liverios, Pope of Rome; St. Monica