Today’s Epistle reading is 2 Corinthians 5:10-15
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences. For we do not commend ourselves again to you, but give you opportunity to boast on our behalf, that you may have an answer for those who boast in appearance and not in heart. For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; or if we are of sound mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.
Today’s Gospel reading is Mark 1:9-15
It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove. Then a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness. And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him. Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
Saints and Feasts celebrated today
Martyr Mamas of Caesarea in Cappadocia
Troparion — Tone 3
Your holy martyr Mamas, O Lord,
through his suffering has received an incorruptible crown from You, our God.
For having Your strength, he laid low his adversaries,
and shattered the powerless boldness of demons.
Through his intercessions, save our souls!
Kontakion — Tone 3
(Podoben: “Today the Virgin…”)
Holy Mamas lead your people as a flock to life-giving pastures
with the staff God has given you;
crush the invisible and fierce enemies beneath the feet of those who honor you.
For all of those who are in danger
have received you as their fervent intercessor.
Saint John the Faster, Patriarch of Constantinople
Troparion — Tone 4
In truth you were revealed to your flock as a rule of faith,
an image of humility and a teacher of abstinence;
your humility exalted you;
your poverty enriched you.
Hierarch Father John,
entreat Christ our God
that our souls may be saved.
Kontakion — Tone 4
You became like your namesake, the Forerunner, O John,
For you were radiant with fasting and purity;
And Christ has revealed you
As a worthy shepherd of his flock:
Now pray for those who honor your holy memory!
Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):
- Venerable Anthony of the Kiev Far Caves
- Venerable Theodosius of the Kiev Far Caves
- Martyrs Theodotus and Rufina of Caesarea, in Cappadocia
- 3,628 Martyrs who suffered at Nicomedia
- Icon of the Mother of God of Kaluga
Today’s Fasting Guidelines
Today is Fast Free. No fasting restrictions.