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Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 7/23/2014

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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 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 wife?

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 circumcised.

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 was called.

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 men.

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 temple";

'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 understand:

"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

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