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: Ephesians 1:22-2:3
And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be
head over all things to the church,
which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in
And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,
in which you once walked according to the course of this
world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now
works in the sons of disobedience,
among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the
lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind,
and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
Gospel Reading: Mark 10:46-52
Then they came to Jericho. And as He went out of Jericho with
His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus,
sat by the road begging.
And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to
cry out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"
Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the
more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"
So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they
called the blind man, saying to him, "Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling
And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus.
And Jesus answered and said to him, "What do you want Me to do
for you?" The blind man said to Him, "Rabboni, that I may receive my sight."
Then Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your faith has made you
well." And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.
Saints and Feasts
Theodora of Alexandria; Euphrosynos the Cook; Demetrios & Evanthea the Martyrs & their son Demetrianos; Forefeast of the Elevation of the Venerable and Life-Giving Cross; Sergius and Herman of Valaam, Finland; Afterfeast of the Nativity of the Theotokos