Orthodox Daily Readings for 10/8/2019

saint/feast of the day

Scripture Readings

Today’s Epistle reading is Ephesians 2:19-3:7
Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles – if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you, how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets: that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel, of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power.

Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 8:1-3
Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with Him, and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities – Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons, and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who provided for Him from their substance.

Saints and Feasts celebrated today

Venerable Pelagia the Penitent

Troparion — Tone 4
Like a fragrant rose growing from thorns,
You were revealed to the Church through your virtuous deeds
Becoming a source of joy for the faithful.
You offered your life in sweet-smelling fragrance
To him who made you wonderful.
Entreat him to deliver us from every soul-destroying passion,
O righteous Pelagia!

Troparion — Tone 8
The image of God was truly preserved in you, O Mother,
for you took up the Cross and followed Christ.
By so doing you taught us to disregard the flesh for it passes away
but to care instead for the soul, since it is immortal.
Therefore your spirit, venerable Pelagia, rejoices with the angels.

Kontakion — Tone 2
You wore out your body through fasting, vigils, and prayer
beseeching the Creator to completely forgive your deeds.
You achieved this, holy Mother Pelagia,
thereby showing us the way to repentance.

Venerable Thais of Egypt

Troparion — Tone 4
O God of our fathers,
Do not take your mercy from us,
But ever act towards us according to your kindness
And by the prayers of your Holy Thais,
Guide our lives in peace!

Kontakion — Tone 2
Let us praise the blessed Thais,
The truly fruitful branch from a corrupt root,
The sweet stream from a salty source,
The image of repentance and rule of patience!
Once a vessel of sin, she is now the chosen vessel of grace!
Let us cry aloud to her:
O Venerable Thais, entreat Christ God that our souls may be saved!

Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):

  • Venerable Dositheus, Abbot of Verkneostrov, Pskov
  • Venerable Tryphon, Abbot of Vyatka
  • Virginmartyr Pelagia of Antioch
  • New Martyr Ignatius the Monk of Bulgaria
  • Venerable Philotheus, Patriarch of Constantinople

Today’s Fasting Guidelines

Today is Fast Free. No fasting restrictions.


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