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: Philippians 1:8-14
For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all
with the affection of Jesus Christ.
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and
more in knowledge and all discernment,
that you may approve the things that are excellent, that
you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ,
being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are
by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which
happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel,
so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard,
and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ;
and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become
confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
Gospel Reading: Luke 9:23-27
Then He said to them all, "If anyone desires to come after Me,
let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.
"For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but
whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.
"For what advantage is it to a man if he gains the whole world,
and is himself destroyed or lost?
"For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of
Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father's,
and of the holy angels.
"But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who shall
not taste death till they see the kingdom of God."
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Longinus the Centurion