Epistle Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:9-13,24-28
For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain
salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we
should live together with Him.
Therefore comfort each other and edify one another,
just as you also are doing.
And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who
labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you,
and to esteem them very highly in love for their
work's sake. Be at peace among yourselves.
He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.
Brethren, pray for us.
Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss.
I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read
to all the holy brethren.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
Gospel Reading: Luke 19:12-28
Therefore He said: "A certain nobleman went into a far country
to receive for himself a kingdom and to return.
"So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten
minas, and said to them, 'Do business till I come.'
"But his citizens hated him, and sent a delegation after him,
saying, 'We will not have this man to reign over us.'
"And so it was that when he returned, having received the
kingdom, he then commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money,
to be called to him, that he might know how much every man had gained by
"Then came the first, saying, 'Master, your mina has earned
"And he said to him, 'Well done, good servant; because you
were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.'
"And the second came, saying, 'Master, your mina has earned
"Likewise he said to him, 'You also be over five cities.'
"And another came, saying, 'Master, here is your mina, which
I have kept put away in a handkerchief.
'For I feared you, because you are an austere man. You
collect what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.'
"And he said to him, 'Out of your own mouth I will judge you,
you wicked servant. You knew that I was an austere man, collecting what I
did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow.
'Why then did you not put my money in the bank, that at my
coming I might have collected it with interest?'
"And he said to those who stood by, 'Take the mina from him,
and give it to him who has ten minas.'
("But they said to him, 'Master, he has ten minas.')
'For I say to you, that to everyone who has will be given;
and from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from
'But bring here those enemies of mine, who did not want me to
reign over them, and slay them before me.' "
When He had said this, He went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.
Saints and Feasts
Amphilochius, Bishop of Iconium; Gregory, Bishop of Agrigentum; Ischyrion, Bishop of Egypt; Afterfeast of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple