Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 65:8-16
Thus says the LORD: "As the new wine is found in the cluster,
and one says, 'Do not destroy it, for a blessing is in it,' so will I do
for My servants' sake, that I may not destroy them all.
I will bring forth descendants from Jacob, and from Judah an
heir of My mountains; My elect shall inherit it, and My servants shall
Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, and the Valley of Achor a
place for herds to lie down, for My people who have sought Me.
"But you are those who forsake the LORD, who forget My holy
mountain, who prepare a table for Gad, and who furnish a drink offering for
Therefore I will number you for the sword, and you shall all
bow down to the slaughter; because, when I called, you did not answer; when
I spoke, you did not hear, but did evil before My eyes, and chose that in
which I do not delight."
Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: "Behold, My servants shall
eat, but you shall be hungry; behold, My servants shall drink, but you
shall be thirsty; behold, My servants shall rejoice, but you shall be
behold, My servants shall sing for joy of heart, but you
shall cry for sorrow of heart, and wail for grief of spirit.
You shall leave your name as a curse to My chosen; for the
Lord GOD will slay you, and call His servants by another name;
So that he who blesses himself in the earth shall bless
himself in the God of truth; and he who swears in the earth shall swear by
the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because
they are hidden from My eyes.
Old Testament Reading: Genesis 46:1-7
So Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to
Beersheba, and offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac.
Then God spoke to Israel in the visions of the night, and
said, "Jacob, Jacob!" And he said, "Here I am."
And He said, "I am God, the God of your father; do not fear
to go down to Egypt, for I will make of you a great nation there.
"I pll go down with you to Egypt, and I will also surely
bring you up again; and Joseph will put his hand on your eyes."
Then Jacob arose from Beersheba; and the sons of Israel
carried their father Jacob, their little ones, and their wives, in the
carts which Pharaoh had sent to carry him.
So they took their livestock and their goods, which they had
acquired in the land of Canaan, and went to Egypt, Jacob and all his
descendants with him.
His sons and his sons' sons, his daughters and his sons'
daughters, and all his descendants he brought with him to Egypt.
Old Testament Reading: Proverbs 23:15-24:5
My son, if your heart is wise, my heart will rejoice;
indeed, I myself;
Yes, my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak
Do not let your heart envy sinners, but in the fear of the
LORD continue all day long;
For surely there is a hereafter, and your hope will not be
Hear, my son, and be wise; and guide your heart in the way.
Do not mix with winebibbers, or with gluttonous eaters of
for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and
drowsiness will clothe a man with rags.
Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise
your mother when she is old.
Buy the truth, and do not sell it, also wisdom and
instruction and understanding.
The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice, and he
who begets a wise child will delight in him.
Let your father and your mother be glad, and let her who
bore you rejoice.
My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my
For a harlot is a deep pit, and a seductress is a narrow
She also lies in wait as for a victim, and increases the
unfaithful among men.
Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has
complaints? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes?
Those who linger long at the wine, those who go in search
of mixed wine.
Do not look on the wine when it is red, when it sparkles
in the cup, when it swirls around smoothly;
at the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like a
Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart will
utter perverse things.
Yes, you will be like one who lies down in the midst of
the sea, or like one who lies at the top of the mast, saying:
"They have struck me, but I was not hurt; They have
beaten me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake, that I may seek
Do not be envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them;
for their heart devises violence, and their lips talk of
Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is
by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and
A wise man is strong, yes, a man of knowledge increases
Saints and Feasts
Basil the Confessor, Bishop of Parium; Anthoussa the Righteous of Constantinople; Akakios of Kavsokalyvia; Sergius II, Patriarch of Constantinople