Today’s Epistle reading is 2 Corinthians 7:10-16
For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. For observe this very thing, that you sorrowed in a godly manner: What diligence it produced in you, what clearing of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what vehement desire, what zeal, what vindication! In all things you proved yourselves to be clear in this matter. Therefore, although I wrote to you, I did not do it for the sake of him who had done the wrong, nor for the sake of him who suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the sight of God might appear to you. Therefore we have been comforted in your comfort. And we rejoiced exceedingly more for the joy of Titus, because his spirit has been refreshed by you all. For if in anything I have boasted to him about you, I am not ashamed. But as we spoke all things to you in truth, even so our boasting to Titus was found true. And his affections are greater for you as he remembers the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling you received him. Therefore I rejoice that I have confidence in you in everything.
Today’s Gospel reading is Mark 2:18-22
The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were fasting. Then they came and said to Him, “Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?” And Jesus said to them, “Can the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast. But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days. No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; or else the new piece pulls away from the old, and the tear is made worse. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins.”
Saints and Feasts celebrated today
Commemoration of the Miracle of the Archangel Michael at Colossae
Troparion — Tone 4
Michael, commander of the heavenly hosts,
we who are unworthy beseech you,
by your prayers encompass us beneath the wings of your immaterial glory,
and faithfully preserve us who fall down and cry out to you:
“Deliver us from all harm, for you are the commander of the powers on high!”
Kontakion — Tone 2
Michael, commander of God’s armies
and minister of the divine glory,
prince of the bodiless angels
and guide of mankind,
ask for what is good for us, and for great mercy,
as supreme commander of the Bodiless Hosts.
Hieromartyr Maxim Sandovich
Troparion — Tone 4
By the Providence of God you were sent to the Mountain of Pochaev
for the knowledge of the truth of the Orthodox faith,
and receiving true teaching in the city of Zhitomir,
as a soldier of Christ you came to our land.
For Orthodoxy and your own people you accepted a martyr’s crown.
Therefore you confirmed your native land in Orthodoxy.
O Priest-Martyr Maksym, entreat Christ God that our souls may be saved!
Kontakion — Tone 2
Your Martyrdom, O Father Maxsym,
enlightened and roused up our people to the Orthodox Faith.
giving up your own life to Christ God,
you endured torments and the suffering of imprisonment.
Pray for us and for your land before Christ God!
Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):
- Martyrs Eudoxius, Zeno, and Macarius
- Saint Archippus of Herapolis
- Martyr Romulus and with him many others
- Hieromartyr Cyril, Bishop of Gortyna
- Martyrs Cyriacus, Faustus the Presbyter, Abibas the Deacon, and 11 others, at Alexandria
- Saint David of Hermopolis, Egypt
- Icon of the Mother of God of Kiev-Bratsk
- Icon of the Mother of God Arapet (Arabian)
Today’s Fasting Guidelines
Today is Fast Free. No fasting restrictions.