Today’s Epistle reading is 2 Corinthians 9:12-10:7
For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God, while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with them and all men, and by their prayer for you, who long for you because of the exceeding grace of God in you. Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ – who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you. But I beg you that when I am present I may not be bold with that confidence by which I intend to be bold against some, who think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. Do you look at things according to the outward appearance? If anyone is convinced in himself that he is Christ’s, let him again consider this in himself, that just as he is Christ’s, even so we are Christ’s.
Today’s Gospel reading is Mark 3:20-27
Then the multitude came together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread. But when His own people heard about this, they went out to lay hold of Him, for they said, “He is out of His mind.” And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebub,” and, “By the ruler of the demons He casts out demons.” So He called them to Himself and said to them in parables: “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself, and is divided, he cannot stand, but has an end. No one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. And then he will plunder his house.
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!
Venerable Theodora of Alexandria
Troparion — Tone 4
You offered your life as a holy gift, O righteous Theodora,
For resplendent with the light of repentance, you illumined mankind.
Now pray to Christ who has magnified you to grant us his great mercy!
Troparion — Tone 8
The image of God was truly preserved in you, O Mother,
for you took up the Cross and followed Christ.
By so doing you taught us to disregard the flesh for it passes away
but to care instead for the soul, since it is immortal.
Therefore your spirit, venerable Theodora, rejoices with the angels.
Kontakion — Tone 2
You depleted your bodily strength by fasting, vigil, and prayers,
entreating the Creator to grant forgiveness of your sin;
having received it, you showed us the way of repentance,
venerable Mother Theodora.
Saint Euphrosynus the Cook, of Alexandria
Troparion — Tone 4
You lived in great humility,
In labors of asceticism and in purity of soul,
O righteous Euphrosynus,
By a mystical vision you demonstrated the Heavenly joy which you had found.
Therefore make us worthy to be partakers of your intercessions.
Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):
- Translation of the Relics of Ven. Sergius and Herman, Wonderworkers of Valaam
- Martyrs Demetrius, his wife Euanthia, and their son Demetrian, at Skepsis on the Hellespont
- Martyrs Diodorus, Didymus, and Diomedes, of Laodicea
- Martyr Ia and 9,000 Martyrs with her, of Persia
- Icon of the Mother of God Weeping “Kaplunovka” in Kazan
Today’s Fasting Guidelines
Today is Fast Free. No fasting restrictions.