Today’s Epistle reading is Galatians 1:1-10, 20-2:5
Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead), and all the brethren who are with me, to the churches of Galatia: Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ. (Now concerning the things which I write to you, indeed, before God, I do not lie.) Afterward I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia. And I was unknown by face to the churches of Judea which were in Christ. But they were hearing only, “He who formerly persecuted us now preaches the faith which he once tried to destroy.” And they glorified God in me. Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and also took Titus with me. And I went up by revelation, and communicated to them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to those who were of reputation, lest by any means I might run, or had run, in vain. Yet not even Titus who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised. And this occurred because of false brethren secretly brought in (who came in by stealth to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage), to whom we did not yield submission even for an hour, that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.
Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 4:16-22
So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.” Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, “Is this not Joseph’s son?”
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.
Martyrs Trophimus, Sabbatius, and Dorymedon of Synnada
Troparion — Tone 8
God praised in Trinity has glorified a trinity of martyrs:
Trophimus, Sabbatius, and Dorymedon.
By their faith, they overthrew the adversary.
Through their prayers, O Christ our God, have mercy on us.
Kontakion — Tone 8
As the foundation of athletes and the confirmation of piety
the Church honors and glorifies your brilliant suffering,
wise and glorious Trophimus, ever-praised and blessed athlete.
Together with your fellow sufferers, ask cleansing for those who hymn you,
for you are invincible.
Saint Theodore, Prince of Smolensk and Yaroslav, and his sons Saints David and Constantine
Troparion — Tone 4
From your youth you clung to Christ’s love
And you eagerly kept his laws.
You were enriched with miraculous gifts
And now pour forth healings, Theodore, David and Constantine
Pray to Christ our God to save those who honor you!
Kontakion — Tone 8
While in the flesh you were radiant lamps living like the angels.
By fasting, vigils and faith you grew like the trees in paradise.
You blossomed in prayer through the grace you received.
You have become mighty physicians, healing infirmity of souls.
O glorious wonderworkers Theodore, David and Constantine,
Pray to Christ our God for the forgiveness of those who venerate your memory!
Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):
- Martyr Zosimas the Hermit of Cilicia
- Saint Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury
- Right-believing Great Prince Igor of Kiev and Chernigov
Today’s Fasting Guidelines
Today is Fast Free. No fasting restrictions.