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: Colossians 3:17-4:1
And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name
of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the
Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward
Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is
well pleasing to the Lord.
Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become
Servants, obey in all things your masters according to
the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart,
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and
not to men,
knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of
the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
But he who does wrong will be repaid for the wrong which
he has done, and there is no partiality.
Masters, give your servants what is just and fair, knowing
that you also have a Master in heaven.
Saints and Feasts
33 Martyrs of Melitene; 33 Martyrs of Melitene; Lazarus the Wonderworker; Martyr Athenodorus; Alexander the Martyr of Thessaloniki