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: Romans 10:11-11:2
For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be
put to shame."
For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the
same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.
For "whoever calls upon the name of the LORD shall be saved."
How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not
believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?
And how shall they hear without a preacher?
And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is
written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of
peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!"
But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, "
Lord, who has believed our report?"
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of
But I say, have they not heard? Yes indeed: "Their sound has
gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world."
But I say, did Israel not know? First Moses says: "I will
provoke you to jealousy by those who are not a nation, I will anger you by
a foolish nation."
But Isaiah is very bold and says: "I was found by those who
did not seek Me; I was made manifest to those who did not ask for Me."
But to Israel he says: "All day long I have stretched out My
hands to a disobedient and contrary people."
I say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not! For
I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew. Or do you
not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against
Gospel Reading: Matthew 11:16-20
"But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like
children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their companions,
"and saying: 'We played the flute for you, And you did not
dance; we mourned to you, And you did not lament.'
"For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, '
He has a demon.'
"The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, '
Look, a gluttonous man and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and
sinners!' But wisdom is justified by her children."
Then He began to upbraid the cities in which most of His
mighty works had been done, because they did not repent:
Saints and Feasts
Hyacinth the Martyr of Caesarea & Theodotos and Theodota the Martyrs; Anatolius, Patriarch of Constantinople; Gerasimos the Holy Martyr of Karenesi; Translation of the Holy Relics of our Father Among the Saints Philip, Metropolitan of Moscow