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 15:58-16:3
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast,
immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your
labor is not in vain in the Lord.
Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I
have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also:
On the first day of the week let each one of you lay
something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections
when I come.
And when I come, whomever you approve by your letters,
I will send to bear your gift to Jerusalem.
Gospel Reading: Luke 8:16-21
"No one, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a vessel or
puts it under a bed, but sets it on a lampstand, that those who enter may
see the light.
"For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything
hidden that will not be known and come to light.
"Therefore take heed how you hear. For whoever has, to him
more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to have
will be taken from him."
Then His mother and brothers came to Him, and could not
approach Him because of the crowd.
And it was told Him by some, who said, "Your mother and Your
brothers are standing outside, desiring to see You."
But He answered and said to them, "My mother and My brothers
are these who hear the word of God and do it."
Saints and Feasts
Artemius the Great Martyr of Antioch; Gerasimus of Cephalonia; Matrona the Righteous of Chios