Today’s 4th Matins Gospel reading is Luke 24:1-12
Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’” And they remembered His words. Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles. And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them. But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened.
Today’s Epistle reading is 2 Corinthians 4:6-15
For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed – always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So then death is working in us, but life in you. And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak, knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you. For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.
Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 6:31-36
And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.
Saints and Feasts celebrated today
Venerable Cyriacus the Hermit of Palestine
Troparion — Tone 1
O dweller of the desert and angel in the body
You appeared to us a wonder-worker.
O God-bearing father Cyriacus,
Through fasting, vigil and prayer you received Heavenly gifts,
Healing the sick and the souls of those drawn to you by faith.
Glory to Him who gave you strength!
Glory to Him who granted you a crown!
Glory to Him who through you grants healing to all!
Kontakion — Tone 2
You armed yourself divinely with purity of soul,
And firmly wielding the lance of incessant prayer,
You pierced through the devil’s hosts.
Intercede without ceasing for us all, O Cyriacus, our father!
Saint Cyprian of Ustiug
Troparion — Tone 8
In you, O venerable Father Father Cyprian, the image of God shone forth,
for you carried your cross and followed Christ.
By so doing you taught us to disregard the flesh, for it passes away,
and to care instead for the soul since it is immortal.
Wherefore, your soul forever rejoices with the angels.
Kontakion — Tone 2
Podoben: You sought the heights
Having divinely armed yourself with the purity of your soul,
and firmly grasping unceasing prayer as a spear, you pierced the armies of demons.
Therefore, we beseech you, O our Father Cyprian,
always intercede for us who honor you.
Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):
- Martyr Dadas, Gabdelas, and Kazdoa of Persia
- Venerable Theophanes the Merciful of Gaza
- Saint Onuphrius of Saint David Gareji Monastery, Georgia
Today’s Fasting Guidelines
Today is Fast Free. No fasting restrictions.