Today’s Epistle reading is Ephesians 1:22-2:3
And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 7:36-50
Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat. And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.” And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” So he said, “Teacher, say it.” “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?” Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.” Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.” Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”
Saints and Feasts celebrated today
Martyrs Sergius and Bacchus in Syria
Troparion — Tone 4
Your holy martyrs Sergius and Bacchus, O Lord,
through their sufferings have received 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!
Kontakion — Tone 2
Podoben: “Seeking the highest…”
Having courageously confronted the enemy,
you brought an end to his guiles, and received from on high the crown of victory.
Illustrious martyrs, Sergius and Bacchus,
with one heart you cry aloud:
“How good and pleasant it is to dwell with God.”
Icon of the Mother of God “Tenderness” of the Pskov Caves
Troparion — Tone 4
All burdened with sins,
let us fall down before her wonderworking Icon of Tenderness,
kissing it and crying aloud with tears:
“O Lady, accept the prayer of your unworthy servants,
and to us who ask, grant your great mercy.”
Kontakion — Tone 6
We have no other help, we have no other hope but you, O Lady.
Help us, for in you do we hope,
and of you do we boast,
for we are your servants.
Let us not be put to shame.
Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):
- Venerable Sergius, Abbot of Nurma, disciple of Venerable Sergius of Radonezh, Vologda
- Uncovering of the relics of Venerable Martinian, Abbot of Belozersk
- Martyrs Julian the Presbyter and Caesarius the Deacon at Terracina
- Martyr Pelagia of Tarsus
- Martyr Polychronius the Presbyter
- 99 Martyred Fathers of Crete
- Venerable Joseph the Elder and Wonderworker of Khevi, Georgia
Today’s Fasting Guidelines
Today is Fast Free. No fasting restrictions.