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 Corinthians 11:1-6
Oh, that you would bear with me in a little folly; and
indeed you do bear with me.
For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I
have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste
virgin to Christ.
But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve
by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that
is in Christ.
For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we
have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not
received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you may well
put up with it.
For I consider that I am not at all inferior to the
most eminent apostles.
Even though I am untrained in speech, yet I am not in
knowledge. But we have been thoroughly made manifest among you in all
Gospel Reading: Luke 9:1-6
Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power
and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases.
He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
And He said to them, "Take nothing for the journey, neither
staffs nor bag nor bread nor money; and do not have two tunics apiece.
"Whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart.
"And whoever will not receive you, when you go out of that city,
shake off the very dust from your feet as a testimony against them."
So they departed and went through the towns, preaching the
gospel and healing everywhere.
Saints and Feasts
Joannicius the Great; The Holy Hieromartyrs Nicander, Bishop of Myra, and Hermias the Presbyter; Porphyrios the Mime; Emperor John Batatze, the Merciful