Orthodox Daily Readings for 9/4/2019

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Scripture Readings

Today’s Epistle reading is 2 Corinthians 6:11-16
O Corinthians! We have spoken openly to you, our heart is wide open. You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted by your own affections. Now in return for the same (I speak as to children), you also be open. Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”

Today’s Gospel reading is Mark 1:23-28
Now there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are – the Holy One of God!” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” And when the unclean spirit had convulsed him and cried out with a loud voice, he came out of him. Then they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? What new doctrine is this? For with authority He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.” And immediately His fame spread throughout all the region around Galilee.

Saints and Feasts celebrated today

Martyr Gorazd of Prague, Bohemia and Moravo-Cilezsk

Troparion — Tone 4
Orthodox leader and restorer of the Moravian Church,
Godly chief shepherd, Father Gorazd!
With joy, you suffered for the Truth.
Pray to our gracious God to save our souls!

Kontakion — Tone 2
Amid currents of uncertainty, you remained in truth like the hardest diamond,
And you preached to your native land Orthodoxy — the way of salvation.
After a God-favored life as a teacher of the Gospel, O high priest and shepherd,
You patiently and bravely received the martyrs’ crown from Christ the Savior.
O Martyr, Enlightener, Father Gorazd, pray for us in the Kingdom of God.

Hieromartyr Babylas, Bishop of Antioch, and those with him

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 Babylas, entreat Christ God to save our souls.

Kontakion — Tone 4
You guarded the mighty works of faith in your heart,
therefore, you did not fear the tyrant;
preserve us as well, Hieromartyr Babylas, good servant of Christ.

Holy Prophet and God-seer Moses

Troparion — Tone 2
You ascended to the heights of the virtues, Prophet Moses;
therefore, you were deemed worthy to see the glory of God.
Having received the grace-filled tablets of the Law,
and bearing the grace of the writing within yourself,
you were the honorable praise of prophets,
and a great mystery of piety.

Kontakion — Tone 2
The choir of prophets rejoices with Moses and Aaron today,
for the fulfillment of their prophecy is in our midst.
The Cross, by which You have saved us, shines forth today.
By their prayers, O Christ God, have mercy on us.

Icon of the Mother of God “The Unburnt Bush”

Troparion — Tone 1
The miracle that Moses witnessed on Sinai in the burning bush
Foretold your virginal childbearing, O pure Mother.
We the faithful cry to you:
Rejoice, O truly living bush!
Rejoice, O holy mountain!
Rejoice, O sanctified expanse and most holy Theotokos!

Kontakion — Tone 4
You showed Moses, O Christ God,
An image of your most pure Mother
In the bush that burned yet was not consumed,
For she herself was not consumed,
When she received in her womb the fire of divinity!
She remained incorrupt after her pure childbearing!
By her prayers, O greatly merciful One,
Deliver us from the flame of passions,
And preserve your people from all harm!

Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):

  • Uncovering of the relics of Saint Joasaph, Bishop of Belgorod
  • Martyr Hermione, daughter of Saint Philip the Deacon
  • Martyr Babylas of Nicomedia and 84 children with him
  • Martyrs Theodore, Mianus, Julian, Kion, and Centurionus, of Nicomedia
  • Second finding of the relics of Saint Metrophanes, Bishop of Voronezh
  • Hieromartyr Peter, Metropolitan of Serbia
  • Hieromartyr Peter, Metropolitan of Dabro-Bosnia
  • Venerable Parthenius, Igumen of Kiziltachsk
  • Venerable Simeon the Wonderworker

Today’s Fasting Guidelines

Today is Fast Free. No fasting restrictions.


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