Today’s Epistle reading is Philippians 1:20-27
according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you. And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith, that your rejoicing for me may be more abundant in Jesus Christ by my coming to you again. Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel,
Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 11:14-23
And He was casting out a demon, and it was mute. So it was, when the demon had gone out, that the mute spoke; and the multitudes marveled. But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.” Others, testing Him, sought from Him a sign from heaven. But He, knowing their thoughts, said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against a house falls. If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? Because you say I cast out demons by Beelzebub. And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace. But when a stronger than he comes upon him and overcomes him, he takes from him all his armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoils. He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.
Saints and Feasts celebrated today
Martyr Arethas and 4,299 Martyrs with him
Troparion — Tone 1
Through the sufferings which Your holy martyrs Arethas and his companions
endured for Your sake, O Lord,
we beseech You, O Lover of mankind:
heal all of our infirmities.
Kontakion — Tone 4
Today the radiant feast of the passion-bearers Arethas and his companions
comes to us as a herald of joy;
as we celebrate it we glorify the Lord on high.
Icon of the Mother of God “the Joy of All Who Sorrow”
Kontakion — Tone 6
We have no other help, we have no other hope, but you, O Lady.
Help us, for in you we hope,
and of you we boast, for we are your servants.
Let us not be put to shame.
Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):
- Venerable Arethus the Recluse of the Kiev Near Caves
- Venerable Sisoes the Recluse of the Kiev Near Caves
- Venerable Theophilus the Recluse of the Kiev Near Caves
- Blessed Elesbaan, King of Ethiopia
- Martyr Syncletica and her two daughters
- Saint Athanasius, Patriarch of Constantinople
- Saint John, Hermit of Pskov
Today’s Fasting Guidelines
Today is Fast Free. No fasting restrictions.