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: Romans 12:4-5,15-21
For as we have many members in one body, but all the members
do not have the same function,
so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually
members of one another.
Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind
on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own
Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in
the sight of all men.
If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably
with all men.
Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to
wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord.
"Therefore if your enemy hungers, feed him; if he thirsts,
give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head."
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 12:9-13
Now when He had departed from there, He went into their
And behold, there was a man who had a withered hand. And
they asked Him, saying, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?"; that they
might accuse Him.
Then He said to them, "What man is there among you who has
one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not lay hold of
it and lift it out?
"Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep?
Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath."
Then He said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." And he
stretched it out, and it was restored as whole as the other.
Saints and Feasts
The Holy Hieromartyr Pancratius, Bishop of Tauromenium in Sicily; Dionysios the Orator; Metrophanes of Mount Athos; St. Patermuthius the Monk; Euthymios of Karelia