Epistle Reading: 2 Corinthians 3:4-11
And we have such trust through Christ toward God.
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of
anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God,
who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new
covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but
the Spirit gives life.
But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on
stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look
steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance,
which glory was passing away,
how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more
For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the
ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.
For even what was made glorious had no glory in this
respect, because of the glory that excels.
For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains
is much more glorious.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 23:29-39
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because
you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the
"and say, 'If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we
would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.'
"Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you
are sons of those who murdered the prophets.
"Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers' guilt.
"Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the
condemnation of hell?
"Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and
scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will
scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city,
"that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the
earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of
Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.
"Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon
"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets
and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your
children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you
were not willing!
"See! Your house is left to you desolate;
"for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, '
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!' "
Saints and Feasts
Afterfeast of the Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; The Holy Righteous Martyr Dometius; Our Holy Father Nicanorus the Wonderworker; St. Theodosius the New; Sozon of Nicomedea; The Holy Ten Thousand Ascetics of Thebes; Narcissus the Hieromartyr of Jerusalem; Joseph Gerontogiannis of Lithines Sitia