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: Acts 2:38-43
Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be
baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you
shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
"For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all
who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call."
And with many other words he testified and exhorted them,
saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation."
Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that
day about three thousand souls were added to them.
And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and
fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were
done through the apostles.
Gospel Reading: John 3:1-15
There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the
This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, "Rabbi, we know
that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that
You do unless God is with him."
Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you,
unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old?
Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?"
Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is
born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
"That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is
born of the Spirit is spirit.
"Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'
"The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it,
but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who
is born of the Spirit."
Nicodemus answered and said to Him, "How can these things be?"
Jesus answered and said to him, "Are you the teacher of Israel,
and do not know these things?
"Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and
testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness.
"If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how
will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?
"No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from
heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.
"And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so
must the Son of Man be lifted up,
"that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have
Saints and Feasts
Basil the Holy Martyr Bishop of Amasea; Glaphyra the Righteous