Today’s Epistle – Saturday Before reading is 1 Corinthians 2:6-9
However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love Him,”
Today’s Gospel – Saturday Before reading is Matthew 10:37-11:1
He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me. He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward. And he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.” Now it came to pass, when Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples, that He departed from there to teach and to preach in their cities.
Today’s Epistle reading is 1 Corinthians 1:26-29
For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.
Today’s Gospel reading is Matthew 20:29-34
Now as they went out of Jericho, a great multitude followed Him. And behold, two blind men sitting by the road, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!” Then the multitude warned them that they should be quiet; but they cried out all the more, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!” So Jesus stood still and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” They said to Him, “Lord, that our eyes may be opened.” So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.
Saints and Feasts celebrated today
Forefeast of the Nativity of the Mother of God
Troparion — Tone 4
Today from the stem of Jesse and from the loins of David,
the handmaid of God Mary is being born for us.
Therefore all creation is renewed and rejoices!
Heaven and earth rejoice together.
Praise her, you families of nations,
for Joachim rejoices and Anna celebrates crying out:
“The barren one gives birth to the Theotokos, the Nourisher of our life!”
Kontakion — Tone 3
Today the Virgin Theotokos Mary
the bridal chamber of the Heavenly Bridegroom
by the will of God is born of a barren woman,
being prepared as the chariot of God the Word.
She was fore-ordained for this, since she is the divine gate and the true Mother of Life.
Martyr Sozon of Cilicia
Troparion — Tone 4
O Martyr Sozon, you pledged your life to God,
Enduring the contest and becoming a sharer in Christ’s passion.
Save from temptation those who cry to you:
“Glory to him who strengthened you!
Glory to him who crowned you!
Glory to him who through you works healing for all!”
Kontakion — Tone 2
Let us gather today and together sing to Sozon,
the true and divinely wise martyr,
an expert fighter for the faith,
the mystical seer of divine grace,
a generous provider of healing,
who prays to Christ God for us all.
Saint John the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Novgorod
Troparion — Tone 8
Great Novgorod rejoices over your relics today, O holy Hierarch John,
For they shine as the sun and grant healing to all who honor them in faith.
Entreat Christ God to deliver his people from captivity,
O wise Wonderworker, heavenly man and earthly angel,
That together with them we may hymn and glorify the Triune God.
Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):
- Venerable Serapion of Spaso-Eleazar Monastery, Pskov
- Martyr Macarius, Archimandrite of Kanev and Pereyaslavl
- Apostle Evodius (Euodias) of the Seventy
- Apostle Onesiphorus of the Seventy
- Martyr Eupsychius of Caesarea, in Cappadocia
- Venerable Luke, Abbot of Batheos Ryako
- Venerable Cloud (Clodoald), Abbot-Founder of Nogent-Sur-Seine near Paris
- Venerable Macarius of Optina
Today’s Fasting Guidelines
Fast Day (Wine and Oil Allowed). Wine and oil are allowed. Refrain from meat, fish, dairy, and eggs.