Today’s 2nd Matins Gospel reading is Mark 16:1-8
Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him. Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they said among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?” But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away – for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples – and Peter – that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.” So they went out quickly and fled from the tomb, for they trembled and were amazed. And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
Today’s Epistle – Sunday After reading is Galatians 2:16-20
knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified. But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin? Certainly not! For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Today’s Gospel – Sunday After reading is Mark 8:34-9:1
When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” And He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power.”
Today’s Epistle reading is 1 Corinthians 16:13-24
Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love. I urge you, brethren – you know the household of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to the ministry of the saints – that you also submit to such, and to everyone who works and labors with us. I am glad about the coming of Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus, for what was lacking on your part they supplied. For they refreshed my spirit and yours. Therefore acknowledge such men. The churches of Asia greet you. Aquila and Priscilla greet you heartily in the Lord, with the church that is in their house. All the brethren greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. The salutation with my own hand – Paul’s. If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.
Today’s Gospel reading is Matthew 21:33-42
Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit. And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them. Then last of all he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.’ So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?” They said to Him, “He will destroy those wicked men miserably, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits in their seasons.” Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the LORD’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?
Saints and Feasts celebrated today
Afterfeast of the Elevation of the Cross
Troparion — Tone 1
O Lord, save Your people,
and bless Your inheritance.
Grant victories to the Orthodox Christians
over their adversaries.
And by virtue of Your Cross,
preserve Your habitation.
Kontakion — Tone 4
As You were voluntarily raised upon the cross for our sake,
grant mercy to those who are called by Your Name, O Christ God;
make all Orthodox Christians glad by Your power,
granting them victories over their adversaries,
by bestowing on them the Invincible trophy, Your weapon of Peace.
Greatmartyr Nicetas the Goth
Troparion — Tone 3
You defeated error and triumphed in martyrdom,
Nicetas, namesake of victory;
For you conquered the ranks of the enemy
And ended your contest by fire.
Pray to Christ our God to grant us His great mercy.
Kontakion — Tone 2
You stood firm and defeated delusion
And have received your martyr’s crown, Nicetas, namesake of victory;
You are rejoicing with the angels,
Together with them you are praying unceasingly to Christ God for us all.
Saint Philotheus the Presbyter in Asia Minor
Troparion — Tone 1
O pure and holy Philotheus, you were a lover of God,
And now glorified by the Holy Spirit,
You work miracles to save from harm all who cry to you:
Glory to him who has glorified you;
Glory to him who has made you wonderful;
Glory to him who through you works healings for all!
Kontakion — Tone 2
You ended your life in righteousness
And were a lover of God.
O holy Philotheus, having received power to work wonders,
Pray unceasingly for us all!
Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):
- Uncovering of the relics Saint Acacius, Bishop of Melitene
- Martyrs Theodotus, Asclepiodotus, and Maximus, of Adrianopolis
- Martyr Porphyrius the Actor
- Uncovering of the relics of the Holy Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephen
- Venerable Joseph, Abbot of Alaverdi, Georgia
- Saint Joseph the New of Partos, Metropolitan of Timishoara (Romania)
- Saint Bessarion, Archbishop of Larissa
- Saint Gerasimus
- New Martyr John of Crete
- Icon of the Mother of God of Novonikita
Today’s Fasting Guidelines
Fast Day (Wine and Oil Allowed). Wine and oil are allowed. Refrain from meat, fish, dairy, and eggs.