Orthodox Daily Readings for 9/30/2019

saint/feast of the day

Scripture Readings

Today’s Epistle reading is Galatians 4:28-5:10
Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise. But, as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now. Nevertheless what does the Scripture say? “Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.” So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman but of the free. Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing. And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law. You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love. You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you. A little leaven leavens the whole lump. I have confidence in you, in the Lord, that you will have no other mind; but he who troubles you shall bear his judgment, whoever he is.

Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 6:24-30
But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. Woe to you who are full, for you shall hunger. Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep. Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for so did their fathers to the false prophets. But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back.

Saints and Feasts celebrated today

Hieromartyr Gregory, Bishop of Greater Armenia, Equal of the Apostles, Enlightener of Armenia

Troparion — Tone 4
By sharing in the ways of the Apostles,
you became a successor to their throne.
Through the practice of virtue, you found the way to divine contemplation,
O inspired one of God;
by teaching the word of truth without error,
you defended the Faith, even to the shedding of your blood.
Hieromartyr Gregory entreat Christ God to save our souls.

Kontakion — Tone 2
Today, let us the faithful, praise with songs and hymns
the admirable hierarch Gregory as an initiate in the sacred mysteries.
He was a contender for the truth, a vigilant pastor and teacher,
a light for the whole world,
interceding with Christ that our souls may be saved!

Saint Michael, first Metropolitan of Kiev

Troparion — Tone 4
The prophecy of the first-called apostle has been fulfilled today:
Grace has illumined the hills of Kiev and the faith is increased.
Those who were not a people
Are now the people of God, a holy nation,
A flock of Christ of which you, O Michael, are first shepherd,
And you serve it by bringing baptism.
O Hierarch, standing before God pray that all may be saved!

Kontakion — Tone 2
You appeared as a second Moses,
Bringing the vine from Egyptian idolatry into the land of promise.
You said of it: Faith shall be established in this land,
And fruit to nourish the world shall flourish on the summits of Kiev,
More than on the heights of Lebanon.
Having this harvest we bless you, O Hierarch Michael!

Martyr Rhipsime of Armenia and those with her

Troparion — Tone 4
Your holy martyr Rhipsime and Gaiana, O Lord,
Through their sufferings have received their incorruptible crowns from you, our God.
For having your strength they laid low their adversaries,
And shattered the powerless boldness of demons.
Through their intercessions, save our souls!

Martyr Gaiana of Armenia

Troparion — Tone 4
Your holy martyr Rhipsime and Gaiana, O Lord,
Through their sufferings have received their incorruptible crowns from you, our God.
For having your strength they laid low their adversaries,
And shattered the powerless boldness of demons.
Through their intercessions, save our souls!

Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):

  • Venerable Gregory, Abbot of Pelsheme and Wonderworker of Vologda

Today’s Fasting Guidelines

Today is Fast Free. No fasting restrictions.


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