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: Galatians 6:2-10
Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of
For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is
nothing, he deceives himself.
But let each one examine his own work, and then he will
have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
For each one shall bear his own load.
Let him who is taught the word share in all good things
with him who teaches.
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man
sows, that he will also reap.
For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap
corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due
season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all,
especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Gospel Reading: Luke 5:33-39
Then they said to Him, "Why do the disciples of John fast often
and make prayers, and likewise those of the Pharisees, but Yours eat and
And He said to them, "Can you make the friends of the
bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them?
"But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away
from them; then they will fast in those days."
Then He spoke a parable to them: "No one puts a piece from a
new garment on an old one; otherwise the new makes a tear, and also the
piece that was taken out of the new does not match the old.
"And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new
wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be
"But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are
"And no one, having drunk old wine, immediately desires new;
for he says, 'The old is better.' "
Saints and Feasts
The Falling Asleep of St. John the Evangelist and Theologian