Today’s Epistle reading is Philippians 1:8-14
For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ. And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 11:1-10
Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” And He said to them, “Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within and say, ‘Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you’? I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs. So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
Saints and Feasts celebrated today
Saint Abercius the Wonderworker, Bishop of Hieropolis, Equal of the Apostles
Troparion — Tone 4
You appeared to your flock as a rule of faith,
An Image of humility and a teacher of abstinence.
Because of your lowliness, Heaven was opened to you,
Because of your poverty, riches were granted to you.
O Holy Bishop Abercius, pray to Christ our God to save our souls!
Troparion — Tone 5
You emulated the zeal of the Apostles
and shone forth like a morning star,
and your works showed your God-given power:
you guided the erring to God,
O hierarch Abercius.
Kontakion — Tone 4
All the Church honors you, Abercius,
The Great Bishop equal to the Apostles!
O blessed one worthy of all praise,
Through your intercession
Keep the Church victorious, calm and unshaken.
Kontakion — Tone 8
The whole Church honors you as a great hierarch
and as a companion to the Apostles.
By your prayers keep the Church unconquered and unshaken by heresy, glorious Abercius.
Commemoration of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God and the deliverance from the Poles
Troparion — Tone 4
O fervent Protectress,
Mother of the Lord Most High;
You intercede for all before your Son Christ our God,
Granting salvation to all who seek refuge in your protection.
Protect us all, O Queen and Sovereign Lady,
For we are stricken with grief and wounded by sin.
With tears we stand before your pure Icon,
Praying with contrite souls and humble hearts.
All our hope we place in you,
May we be delivered from evil.
Grant to all what is expedient,
And save all, O Virgin Theotokos:
For you are the Holy Protection of your servants!
Kontakion — Tone 8
Let us run to the gracious and quiet haven
The fervent helper, ardent and eager to save all.
Let us run to the Virgin’s protection and hasten to repentance.
The pure Theotokos grants us unfailing mercy
She comes to help all, delivering her faithful servants from tribulations!
Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):
- 7 Holy Youths “Seven Sleepers” of Ephesus
- Hieromartyr Alexander, Bishop of Adrianopolis, and the Martyrs Heraclius, Anna, Elizabeth, Theodota, and Glyceria
- Icon of the Mother of God of Andronicus
- Ss. Paul and Theodore of Rostov
Today’s Fasting Guidelines
Today is Fast Free. No fasting restrictions.