Epistle Reading: Galatians 4:8-21
But then, indeed, when you did not know God, you served
those which by nature are not gods.
But now after you have known God, or rather are known by
God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to
which you desire again to be in bondage?
You observe days and months and seasons and years.
I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain.
Brethren, I urge you to become as I am, for I am as you
are. You have not injured me at all.
You know that because of physical infirmity I preached the
gospel to you at the first.
And my trial which was in my flesh you did not despise or
reject, but you received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.
What then was the blessing you enjoyed? For I bear you
witness that, if possible, you would have plucked out your own eyes and
given them to me.
Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the
They zealously court you, but for no good; yes, they want
to exclude you, that you may be zealous for them.
But it is good to be zealous in a good thing always, and
not only when I am present with you.
My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until
Christ is formed in you,
I would like to be present with you now and to change my
tone; for I have doubts about you.
Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not
hear the law?
Gospel Reading: Mark 6:45-53
Immediately He made His disciples get into the boat and go
before Him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while He sent the multitude
And when He had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to
Now when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea;
and He was alone on the land.
Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against
them. And about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on
the sea, and would have passed them by.
But when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed it was
a ghost, and cried out;
for they all saw Him and were troubled. And immediately He
talked with them and said to them, "Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be
Then He went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And
they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled.
For they had not understood about the loaves, because their
heart was hardened.
When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret
and anchored there.
Saints and Feasts
Ecclesiastical New Year; Synaxis of the Recovery of the Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos of Miasenae ; Jesus (Joshua) of Navi; Symeon the Stylite; The 40 Holy Ascetic Virgin Martyrs of Thrace and their Teacher Ammon the Deacon; Holy Martyrs Calliste and Siblings: Euodus and Hermogenes; Righteous Meletius, The Struggler of the Muioupolis Mountain; Nicholas of Kourtaliotis