Today’s Epistle reading is 2 Corinthians 8:7-15
But as you abound in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us – see that you abound in this grace also. I speak not by commandment, but I am testing the sincerity of your love by the diligence of others. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich. And in this I give advice: It is to your advantage not only to be doing what you began and were desiring to do a year ago; but now you also must complete the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to desire it, so there also may be a completion out of what you have. For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have. For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened; but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may supply their lack, that their abundance also may supply your lack – that there may be equality. As it is written, “He who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack.”
Today’s Gospel reading is Mark 3:6-12
Then the Pharisees went out and immediately plotted with the Herodians against Him, how they might destroy Him. But Jesus withdrew with His disciples to the sea. And a great multitude from Galilee followed Him, and from Judea and Jerusalem and Idumea and beyond the Jordan; and those from Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they heard how many things He was doing, came to Him. So He told His disciples that a small boat should be kept ready for Him because of the multitude, lest they should crush Him. For He healed many, so that as many as had afflictions pressed about Him to touch Him. And the unclean spirits, whenever they saw Him, fell down before Him and cried out, saying, “You are the Son of God.” But He sternly warned them that they should not make Him known.
Saints and Feasts celebrated today
Afterfeast of the Nativity of the Mother of God
Troparion — Tone 4
Your Nativity, O Virgin,
Has proclaimed joy to the whole universe!
The Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God,
Has shone from You, O Theotokos!
By annulling the curse,
He bestowed a blessing.
By destroying death, He has granted us eternal Life.
Kontakion — Tone 4
By Your Nativity, O Most Pure Virgin,
Joachim and Anna are freed from barrenness;
Adam and Eve, from the corruption of death.
And we, your people, freed from the guilt of sin, celebrate and sing to you:
The barren woman gives birth to the Theotokos, the nourisher of our life!
Holy and Righteous Ancestors of God, Joachim and Anna
Troparion — Tone 1
Since you were righteous under the law of grace, O Joachim and Anna,
you gave birth to the God-given infant for our sake.
Therefore, the divine Church radiantly keeps feast today,
joyfully celebrating your honorable memory and giving glory to God
who has raised up a horn of salvation from the house of David.
Kontakion — Tone 2
Podoben: “Seeking the highest…”
Anna is now no longer barren
and nurses the All-Pure One!
She rejoices and calls us all to sing a hymn of praise to Christ,
who from her womb gave mankind the only ever Virgin Mother.
Uncovering of the relics of Saint Theodosius, Archbishop of Chernigov
Troparion — Tone 4
O Hierarch Father Theodosius,
You are a most worthy Bishop.
You were a light to your flock;
Then you were translated to the eternal Mansions.
Pray at the Throne of the King of Glory,
That we may be delivered from present evils
And that our souls may be saved by your prayers, O Holy One!
Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):
- Martyr Severian of Sebaste
- Venerable Joseph, Abbot of Volokolamsk, Volotsk
- Venerable Theophanes the Confessor and Faster of Mount Diabenos
- Martyr Chariton
- Blessed Nicetas the Hidden of Constantinople
- Commemoration of the Holy Fathers of the Third Ecumenical Council
- Saint Ciaran of Clonmacnoise
Today’s Fasting Guidelines
Today is Fast Free. No fasting restrictions.