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: Acts 19:1-8
And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul,
having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some
he said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you
believed?" And they said to him, "We have not so much as heard whether
there is a Holy Spirit."
And he said to them, "Into what then were you baptized?" So
they said, "Into John's baptism."
Then Paul said, "John indeed baptized with a baptism of
repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would
come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus."
When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the
And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon
them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.
Now the men were about twelve in all.
And he went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three
months, reasoning and persuading concerning the things of the kingdom of
Gospel Reading: John 1:29-34
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "
Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
"This is He of whom I said, 'After me comes a Man who is
preferred before me, for He was before me.'
"I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel,
therefore I came baptizing with water."
And John bore witness, saying, "I saw the Spirit descending
from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him.
"I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water
said to me, 'Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him,
this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.'
"And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God."
Saints and Feasts
Synaxis of St. John the Baptist; Synaxis of John the Holy Glorious Prophet, Baptist, & Forerunner; Afterfeast of the Theophany of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ