Today’s Epistle reading is 1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Today’s Gospel reading is Matthew 19:3-12
The Pharisees also came to Him, testing Him, and saying to Him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?” And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate. They said to Him, “Why then did Moses command to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?” He said to them, “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery. His disciples said to Him, “If such is the case of the man with his wife, it is better not to marry.” But He said to them, “All cannot accept this saying, but only those to whom it has been given: For there are eunuchs who were born thus from their mother’s womb, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He who is able to accept it, let him accept it.
Saints and Feasts celebrated today
The Placing of the Cincture (Sash) of the Most Holy Mother of God
Troparion — Tone 8
Ever-Virgin Theotokos, protectress of mankind,
you have given your people a powerful legacy:
the robe and sash of your most honored body which remained
incorrupt throughout your seedless childbearing;
for through you time and nature are renewed!
Therefore we implore you: “Grant peace to your people and to our souls great mercy!”
Kontakion — Tone 4
Today your flock celebrates the enshrinement of your precious sash,
and it earnestly cries out to you:
“Rejoice, O Virgin, boast of all Christians!”
Hieromartyr Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage
Troparion — Tone 8
Guide of Orthodoxy, teacher of piety and holiness,
luminary of Carthage, God-inspired adornment of confessors,
O wise Cyprian, by thy teachings thou hast enlightened all, O harp of the Spirit.
Intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.
Kontakion — Tone 2
We honour you, O Cyprian,
as a true shepherd who with your sacred words and divinely-wise doctrines
has shown us the boundary-stones marking out the one Church of Christ.
Even unto death you bore witness with courage;
wherefore, we extol you as a hierarch and martyr.
Entreat Christ that we all be saved.
Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):
- Saint Gennadius, Patriarch of Constantinople
- Saint Aidan, Bishop of Lindesfarne
- Saint Eanswythe, Abbess of Folkestone
Today’s Fasting Guidelines
Today is Fast Free. Today is Fast Free