Today’s Epistle reading is Ephesians 1:7-17
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth – in Him. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory. Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,
Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 7:31-35
And the Lord said, “To what then shall I liken the men of this generation, and what are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another, saying: ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we mourned to you, and you did not weep.’ For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is justified by all her children.”
Saints and Feasts celebrated today
Hieromartyr Hierotheus, Bishop of Athens
Troparion — Tone 1
We the faithful all praise Hierótheus, the disciple of Paul,
Hierarch of Athens,
the world’s teacher and a preacher of the Faith,
who revealed to us Christ’s Mysteries
and poured forth streams of godly doctrine.
His life was well-pleasing to God, who is greatly merciful.
Kontakion — Tone 8
Hierarch of Athens, we praise you for you have instructed us in awesome and ineffable things,
and you were revealed to be a divinely-inspired writer of hymns.
Pray that we be delivered from every kind of sin, so that we may cry to you:
“Rejoice, divinely-wise Father Hierótheus.”
Venerable Paul the Simple of Egypt
Troparion — Tone 8
In you, o venerable Father Paul,
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!
Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):
- Uncovering of the relics of Saint Gurias, first Archbishop of Kazan
- Uncovering of the relics of Saint Barsanuphius, Bishop of Tver
- Synaxis of the Hierarchs of Kazan
- Right-believing Prince Vladimir Yaroslavich of Novgorod
- Venerable Helladius of the Kiev Near Caves
- Venerable Onesimus of the Kiev Near Caves
- Venerable Ammon the recluse of the Kiev Caves
- Martyrs Gaius, Faustus, Eusebius, and Chaeremon, of Alexandria
- Martyr Peter of Capetolis
- Martyr Domnina with her daughters of Syria
- Venerable Ammon
- Martyr Callisthene and her father Audactus of Ephesus
- Saint Stephen Stiljianovitch of Serbia
- Martyr Evdemoz, Catholicos of Georgia
- Saint Elena of Serbia
- Ss. Jonah and Nectarius of Kazan
Today’s Fasting Guidelines
Strict Fast. Refrain from meat, fish, oil, wine, dairy, and eggs.