Today’s Epistle reading is Galatians 4:8-21
But then, indeed, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods. But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? You observe days and months and seasons and years. I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain. Brethren, I urge you to become like me, for I became like you. You have not injured me at all. You know that because of physical infirmity I preached the gospel to you at the first. And my trial which was in my flesh you did not despise or reject, but you received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus. What then was the blessing you enjoyed? For I bear you witness that, if possible, you would have plucked out your own eyes and given them to me. Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth? They zealously court you, but for no good; yes, they want to exclude you, that you may be zealous for them. But it is good to be zealous in a good thing always, and not only when I am present with you. My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you, I would like to be present with you now and to change my tone; for I have doubts about you. Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law?
Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 6:17-23
And He came down with them and stood on a level place with a crowd of His disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases, as well as those who were tormented with unclean spirits. And they were healed. And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all. Then He lifted up His eyes toward His disciples, and said: “Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man’s sake. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven, for in like manner their fathers did to the prophets.
Saints and Feasts celebrated today
Martyr Callistratus and 49 companions
Troparion — Tone 3
In contest you were strengthened by the Holy Spirit, Martyr Callistratus,
and were glorious in casting down the Enemy.
You offered a noble army of athletes
as sweet-smelling incense to Christ.
With them pray for us who praise you with hymns.
Kontakion — Tone 4
Podoben: “Today You have shown forth…”
Like stars you have shone upon the world
shedding the light of your contests and miracles upon all who cry to you:
“Rejoice, Martyr Callistratus and fellow company of martyrs.”
Venerable Sabbatius, Wonderworker of Solovki
Troparion — Tone 3
You abandoned the world and fought the good fight
By hardship, vigil and prayer.
Pray to Christ our God to save our souls, O holy Father Sabbatius!
Kontakion — Tone 2
Fleeing the turmoil of life
You dwelt on an island in the sea.
You took up your cross and followed Christ
Toiling in vigils, fasting and hardships.
You became the adornment of the righteous
And we lovingly celebrate your memory.
Pray to Christ our God
To save our souls, O righteous Sabbatius!
Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):
- Apostle Mark of the Seventy
- Apostle Aristarchus of the Seventy
- Apostle Zenas of the Seventy
- Martyr Epicharis of Rome
- Venerable Ignatius, Abbot in Asia Minor
- Saint Flavian, Archbishop of Antioch
- New Martyr Aquilina
- Saint Anthimus the Georgian
Today’s Fasting Guidelines
Strict Fast. Refrain from meat, fish, oil, wine, dairy, and eggs.