Epistle Reading: 1 Corinthians 7:12-24
But to the rest I, not the Lord, say: If any brother
has a wife who does not believe, and she is willing to live with him, let
him not divorce her.
And a woman who has a husband who does not believe, if
he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him.
For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife,
and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your
children would be unclean, but now they are holy.
But if the unbeliever departs, let him depart; a
brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases. But God has called
us to peace.
For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save
your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your
But as God has distributed to each one, as the Lord
has called each one, so let him walk. And so I ordain in all the churches.
Was anyone called while circumcised? Let him not
become uncircumcised. Was anyone called while uncircumcised? Let him not be
Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing,
but keeping the commandments of God is what matters.
Let each one remain in the same calling in which he
Were you called while a slave? Do not be concerned
about it; but if you can be made free, rather use it.
For he who is called in the Lord while a slave is the
Lord's freedman. Likewise he who is called while free is Christ's slave.
You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of
Brethren, let each one remain with God in that calling
in which he was called.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 14:35-15:11
And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent
out into all that surrounding region, brought to Him all who were sick,
and begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His
garment. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well.
Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came
to Jesus, saying,
"Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the
elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread."
But He answered and said to them, "Why do you also
transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?
"For God commanded, saying, 'Honor your father and your
mother'; and, 'He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.'
"But you say, 'Whoever says to his father or mother, "
Whatever profit you might have received from me has been dedicated to the
'is released from honoring his father or mother.' "Thus you
have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition.
"Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying:
'These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor
Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me.
And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the
commandments of men.' "
Then He called the multitude and said to them, "Hear and
"Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what
comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man."
Saints and Feasts
45 Holy Martyrs of Nikopolis, Armenia; Our Holy Father Gregory, Bishop of Assa; 10,000 Fathers martyred in Egypt; Apollonios the Martyr; Deposition of the Precious Robe of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Moscow; Righteous Father Anthony of the Kiev Caves; Parthenios and Eumenios of Koudoumas