Today’s 7th Matins Gospel reading is John 20:1-10
Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.” Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb. So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first. And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there, and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed. For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again to their own homes.
Today’s Epistle reading is 2 Corinthians 9:6-11
But this I say: “He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written: “He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.” Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.
Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 16:19-31
There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’ Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’”
Saints and Feasts celebrated today
Greatmartyr Artemius at Antioch
Troparion — Tone 4
Your holy martyr Artemios, O Lord,
Through his sufferings has received an incorruptible crown from You, our God.
For having Your strength, he laid low his adversaries,
And shattered the powerless boldness of demons.
Through his intercessions, save our souls!
Kontakion — Tone 2
Let us gather to sing worthy hymns in honor of Artemios,
The pious and victorious martyr who defeated his enemies:
He is great among martyrs and generous in performing miracles,
And he intercedes with the Lord on behalf of us all!
Venerable Gerasimus the New Ascetic of Cephalonia
Troparion — Tone 1
Let us the faithful praise the divine Gerasimos,
who is the protector of the Orthodox, and an angel in the body,
and a newly appeared God-bearing wonderworker;
for he has worthily received from God the unfailing grace of
he restores the sick, and heals those possessed by demons;
therefore, he pours forth healings upon those who honor him.
Kontakion — Tone 3
Podoben: “Today the Virgin”
Today the island of Cephalonia
with sacred songs of thanksgiving,
calls upon all the Orthodox to extol the newly appeared boast and glory of Orthodoxy,
the divine Gerasimos,
who is truly her deliverer and champion.
Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):
- Righteous Child Artemius of Verkola
- Venerable Matrona of Chios
- Icon of the Mother of God of Filersk
Today’s Fasting Guidelines
Today is Fast Free. No fasting restrictions.