Orthodox Daily Readings for 9/3/2019

saint/feast of the day

Scripture Readings

Today’s Epistle reading is 2 Corinthians 5:15-21
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. Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Today’s Gospel reading is Mark 1:16-22
And as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him. When He had gone a little farther from there, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the boat mending their nets. And immediately He called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went after Him. Then they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue and taught. And they were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

Saints and Feasts celebrated today

Hieromartyr Anthimus, Bishop of Nicomedia and those with him

Troparion — Tone 1
You protected your flock with your blood,
Not fearing your adversaries.
Now you rejoice in heaven standing before the throne.
Glory to Christ who has strengthened you;
Glory to your courage;
Glory to your endurance, O holy Hieromartyr Anthimus!

Troparion — Tone 4
By sharing in the ways of the Apostles,
you became a successor to their throne.
Through the practice of virtue,
you found the way to divine contemplation, O inspired one of God;
by teaching the word of truth without error, you defended the Faith,
even to the shedding of your blood.
Hieromartyr Anthimus, entreat Christ God to save our souls.

Kontakion — Tone 4
Illustrious priest and steadfast martyr,
Anthimus, worthy of praise:
You assailed the worship of idols,
And championed your flock which fervently cries to you:
By your prayers deliver us from dangers!

Kontakion — Tone 4
Living honorably as a priest,
you completed the course of martyrdom;
you extinguished the worship of idols
and became a champion of your flock, divinely-wise one.
Therefore, we honor you,
mystically crying out:
“Through your prayers deliver us from calamity, ever-memorable Anthimus.”

Venerable Theoctistus

Troparion — Tone 4
Dedicated as God’s priest from your youth,
You spurned all worldly aims.
O Righteous Theoctistus you were radiant in your solitude
And strict in the training of monks.
Guide those who come to you and lead them in the way of salvation.

Kontakion — Tone 4
You kept your soul pure and presented it to God as his creation.
Enlightened by him, Theoctistus, you rose to the peak of endeavor.
By your works you confirmed the grace that was given to you.

Saint Phoebe the Deaconess at Cenchreae near Corinth

Troparion — Tone 3
Enlightened by grace
And taught the Faith by the chosen vessel of Christ,
You were found worthy of the diaconate;
And you carried Paul’s words to Rome.
O Deaconess Phoebe, pray to Christ God that his Spirit may enlighten our souls!

Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):

  • Holy Martyr Euthymius
  • Blessed John “the Hairy” and Fool-For-Christ at Rostov
  • Martyr Basilissa of Nicomedia
  • Hieromartyr Aristion, Bishop of Alexandria
  • Saint Joannicius, first Patriarch of Serbia
  • Icon of the Mother of God of Pisidia
  • Martyr Polydorus of Cyprus

Today’s Fasting Guidelines

Today is Fast Free. No fasting restrictions.


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