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: 2 Timothy 4:9-22
Be diligent to come to me quickly;
for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world,
and has departed for Thessalonica; Crescens for Galatia, Titus for Dalmatia.
Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for
he is useful to me for ministry.
And Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus.
Bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas when you
come; and the books, especially the parchments.
Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm. May the Lord
repay him according to his works.
You also must beware of him, for he has greatly resisted
At my first defense no one stood with me, but all forsook
me. May it not be charged against them.
But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that
the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles
might hear. And I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.
And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and
preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever.
Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus.
Erastus stayed in Corinth, but Trophimus I have left in
Do your utmost to come before winter. Eubulus greets you,
as well as Pudens, Linus, Claudia, and all the brethren.
The Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Grace be with
Gospel Reading: Mark 10:11-16
So He said to them, "Whoever divorces his wife and marries
another commits adultery against her.
"And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she
Then they brought young children to Him, that He might touch
them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them.
But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to
them, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of
such is the kingdom of God.
"Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the
kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it."
And He took them up in His arms, put His hands on them, and
Saints and Feasts
Martyrs Boniface, Probus, Ares, Timothy, Polyeuktos, Eutychios and Thessaloniki; Our Righteous Father Gregentius, Bishop of Ethiopia; Aglaia the Righteous of Rome