Today’s Epistle reading is 2 Corinthians 12:10-19
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. I have become a fool in boasting; you have compelled me. For I ought to have been commended by you; for in nothing was I behind the most eminent apostles, though I am nothing. Truly the signs of an apostle were accomplished among you with all perseverance, in signs and wonders and mighty deeds. For what is it in which you were inferior to other churches, except that I myself was not burdensome to you? Forgive me this wrong! Now for the third time I am ready to come to you. And I will not be burdensome to you; for I do not seek yours, but you. For the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children. And I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved. But be that as it may, I did not burden you. Nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you by cunning! Did I take advantage of you by any of those whom I sent to you? I urged Titus, and sent our brother with him. Did Titus take advantage of you? Did we not walk in the same spirit? Did we not walk in the same steps? Again, do you think that we excuse ourselves to you? We speak before God in Christ. But we do all things, beloved, for your edification.
Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 3:19-22
But Herod the tetrarch, being rebuked by him concerning Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done, also added this, above all, that he shut John up in prison. When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”
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 Euphemia the All-praised
Troparion — Tone 4
Your lamb Euphemia calls out to You, O Jesus, in a loud voice:
“I love You, my Bridegroom, and in seeking You I endure suffering.
In baptism I was crucified so that I might reign in You,
and I died so that I might live with You.
Accept me as a pure sacrifice,
for I have offered myself in love.”
Through her prayers save our souls, since You are merciful!
Kontakion — Tone 4
Podoben: “As You were voluntarily raised…”
You completed your struggle well, all-praised Euphemia;
even after death, you pour out healing on us for our sanctification.
We stand beside your venerable relics
to honor your holy falling asleep,
that in faith we may be delivered from the weaknesses of our nature
and to obtain the grace of your miracles.
Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):
- Repose of Saint Cyprian, Metropolitan of Moscow and All Russia
- Saint Sebastiana the Martyr, disciple of Saint Paul the Apostle, at Heraclea
- Martyr Melitina of Marcianopolis
- Martyr Victor at Chalcedon
- Martyr Sosthenes at Chalcedon
- Venerable Dorotheus the Hermit of Egypt
- Martyr Ludmilla the grandmother of Saint Wenceslaus, Prince of the Czechs
- New Martyrs Isaac and Joseph of Georgia
- Icon of the Mother of God Support of Humble
- New Hieromartyr Gregory (Raevskii) of Tver
- Saint Procopius
Today’s Fasting Guidelines
Today is Fast Free. No fasting restrictions.