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: Colossians 2:20-3:3
Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic
principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject
yourselves to regulations;
"Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,"
which all concern things which perish with the using;
according to the commandments and doctrines of men?
These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-
imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no
value against the indulgence of the flesh.
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things
which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.
Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Gospel Reading: Luke 9:23-27
Then He said to them all, "If anyone desires to come after Me,
let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.
"For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but
whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.
"For what advantage is it to a man if he gains the whole world,
and is himself destroyed or lost?
"For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of
Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father's,
and of the holy angels.
"But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who shall
not taste death till they see the kingdom of God."
Saints and Feasts
Hosea the Prophet; Holy Martyrs Cosmas and Damian of Arabia; Andrew the Righteous Monk-martyr of Crete