Orthodox Daily Readings for 3/23/2019

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Today’s Scripture Readings

Epistle, Departed Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17
But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

Gospel, Departed Reading: John 5:24-30
Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth – those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.

Epistle Reading: Hebrews 3:12-16
Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, while it is said: “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses?

Gospel Reading: Mark 1:35-44
Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed. And Simon and those who were with Him searched for Him. When they found Him, they said to Him, “Everyone is looking for You.” But He said to them, “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.” And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons. Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed. And He strictly warned him and sent him away at once, and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing those things which Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

Saints and Feasts celebrated today

  • 2nd Saturday of Great Lent: Memorial Saturday
  • Martyr Nikon in Sicily
  • Martyred 199 Disciples of the Martyr Nikon in Sicily
  • Venerable Nikon the Abbot of the Kiev Far Caves
  • Martyr Philetus the Senator, his wife and sons in Illyria
  • Martyr Lydia in Illyria
  • Martyr Macedonius in Illyria
  • Martyr Theoprepius in Illyria
  • Martyr Cronides the Notary in Illyria
  • Martyr Amphilochius the Captain in Illyria
  • Righteous Basil of Mangazea in Siberia
  • Monkmartyr Luke of St Anne’s Skete on Mt Athos and Odrin
  • Venerable Sergius (Srebryansky), the New Confessor of Tver

Today’s Fasting Guidelines

Fast Day (Wine and Oil Allowed)
Wine and oil are allowed
Refrain from meat, fish, dairy, and eggs

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