Today’s Epistle reading is Ephesians 4:25-32
Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another. Be angry, and do not sin: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil. Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 9:18-22
And it happened, as He was alone praying, that His disciples joined Him, and He asked them, saying, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” So they answered and said, “John the Baptist, but some say Elijah; and others say that one of the old prophets has risen again.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and said, “The Christ of God.” And He strictly warned and commanded them to tell this to no one, saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.”
Saints and Feasts celebrated today
Martyrs Gervasius, Nazarius, Protasius, and Celsus of Milan
Troparion — Tone 4
Let us praise the fourfold company of martyrs:
Nazarius, Protase, Gervase and Celsus.
For they preached the Trinity to all
And by their contest dispelled the worship of idols.
Through their prayers, O Christ God, have mercy on us all.
Venerable Parasceva (Petka) of Serbia
Troparion — Tone 4
You are worthy of praise, Paraskeva.
You loved the ascetic and hesychast life.
You ran with longing to your Bridegroom, Christ.
You accepted His good yoke in your tender years, marking yourself with the sign of the Cross.
You fought against impure thoughts;
through fasting, prayer and the shedding of tears you quenched the burning coal of the passions.
Now in the heavenly bridal chamber of Christ,
as you stand together with the wise virgins
intercede for us who honor your precious memory.
Kontakion — Tone 6
Let us all piously praise all-honorable Paraskeva,
the intercessor for the afflicted.
She gave up her earthly life,
and received eternal incorruption.
Therefore, she has been granted the grace to work wonders
by the command of God.
Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):
- Venerable Nicholas Sviatosha Prince of Chernigov, and Wonderworker of the Kiev Near Caves
- Hieromartyr Silvanus of Gaza
- Icon of the Mother of God of Yakhrom
Today’s Fasting Guidelines
Today is Fast Free. No fasting restrictions.