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 John 1:8-2:6
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the
truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us
our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and
His word is not in us.
My little children, these things I write to you, that you may
not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus
Christ the righteous.
And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for
ours only but also for the whole world.
Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His
He who says, "I know Him," and does not keep His commandments,
is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected
in him. By this we know that we are in Him.
He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just
as He walked.
Gospel Reading: Mark 13:31-14:2
"Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no
means pass away.
"But of that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels in
heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
"Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time
"It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house
and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the
doorkeeper to watch.
"Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the
house is coming; in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster,
or in the morning;
"lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping.
"And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!"
After two days it was the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened
Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take Him
by trickery and put Him to death.
But they said, "Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar
of the people."
Saints and Feasts
Onesimus the Apostle of the 70; Our Righteous Father Anthimus the Elder of Chios; Eusebius the Righteous of Syria; Onesimos, Patriarch of Constantinople