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: Hebrews 13:17-21
Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they
watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so
with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.
Pray for us; for we are confident that we have a good
conscience, in all things desiring to live honorably.
But I especially urge you to do this, that I may be
restored to you the sooner.
Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from
the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the
make you complete in every good work to do His will,
working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to
whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Gospel Reading: Luke 6:17-23
And He came down with them and stood on a level place with a
crowd of His disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and
Jerusalem, and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear Him
and be healed of their diseases,
as well as those who were tormented with unclean spirits. And
they were healed.
And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out
from Him and healed them all.
Then He lifted up His eyes toward His disciples, and said: "
Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be filled.
Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.
Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you,
and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man's sake.
Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! for indeed your reward is
great in heaven, for in like manner their fathers did to the prophets.
Saints and Feasts
Saint Nicholas; Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra; Nicholas the New Martyr of Asia Minor