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: 1 Corinthians 14:20-25
Brethren, do not be children in understanding;
however, in malice be babes, but in understanding be mature.
In the law it is written: "With men of other tongues
and other lips I will speak to this people; and yet, for all that, they
will not hear Me," says the Lord.
Therefore tongues are for a sign, not to those who
believe but to unbelievers; but prophesying is not for unbelievers but for
those who believe.
Therefore if the whole church comes together in one
place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those who are
uninformed or unbelievers, will they not say that you are out of your mind?
But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an
uninformed person comes in, he is convinced by all, he is judged by all.
And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed; and
so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is
truly among you.
Gospel Reading: Luke 5:27-32
After these things He went out and saw a tax collector named
Levi, sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, "Follow Me."
And he left all, rose up, and followed Him.
Then Levi gave Him a great feast in his own house. And there
were a great number of tax collectors and others who sat down with them.
But their scribes and the Pharisees murmured against His
disciples, saying, "Why do You eat and drink with tax collectors and
And Jesus answered and said to them, "Those who are well do not
need a physician, but those who are sick.
"I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to
Saints and Feasts
The Holy and Glorious Apostle Thomas; Eroteis the Martyr of Cappadocia; Makarios the Righteous of Chios