Today’s Vespers – 1st reading is Composite 16 – Isaiah 63:15-64:5, 8-9
Turn, O Lord, from heaven, and look from Thy holy habitation and Thy glory. Where are Thy zeal and Thy strength? Where is the multitude of Thy mercies and Thy compassions that Thou hast endured for us? For Thou art our Father, because Abraham has not known us, nor has Israel known us. But do Thou, O Lord, our Father, deliver us; from the beginning Thy name has been on us. Why hast Thou turned us aside, O Lord, from Thy ways, and made hard our hearts that we should not fear Thee? Return for the sake of Thy servants, for the sake of the tribes of Thine inheritance, that, at least, we may inherit a small part of Thy holy mountain. Our adversaries have trodden down Thy sanctuary. We have become as at the beginning when Thou didst not rule over us, and Thy name was not called upon us. If Thou wouldst open the heavens, trembling would take hold of the mountains from Thee, and they would melt; like wax melts before the fire. And fire shall burn up the enemies, and Thy name shall be made manifest to Thine adversaries; the nations shall be troubled at Thy presence. When Thou shalt do glorious things, trembling shall take hold of the mountains from Thee. From the ages we have not heard, nor have our eyes seen a God beside Thee, or Thy works which Thou shalt perform for them that wait for mercy. For mercy joins them that work righteousness, and they shall remember Thy ways. And now, O Lord, Thou art our Father, and we are clay; Thou art our Fashioner and all of us are the work of Thy hands. Be not very angry with us, O Lord, and remember not our sins for ever; but now look on us, for we are all Thy people.
Today’s Vespers – 2nd reading is Jeremiah 2:2-12
“Go and cry in the hearing of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD: “ I remember you, the kindness of your youth, the love of your betrothal, when you went after Me in the wilderness, in a land not sown. Israel was holiness to the LORD, the firstfruits of His increase. All that devour him will offend; disaster will come upon them,” says the LORD.’” Hear the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob and all the families of the house of Israel. Thus says the LORD: “ What injustice have your fathers found in Me, that they have gone far from Me, have followed idols, and have become idolaters? Neither did they say, ‘Where is the LORD, Who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, Who led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and pits, through a land of drought and the shadow of death, through a land that no one crossed and where no one dwelt? I brought you into a bountiful country, to eat its fruit and its goodness. But when you entered, you defiled My land and made My heritage an abomination. The priests did not say, ‘Where is the LORD?’ And those who handle the law did not know Me; the rulers also transgressed against Me; the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit. “ Therefore I will yet bring charges against you,” says the LORD, “ And against your children’s children I will bring charges. For pass beyond the coasts of Cyprus and see, send to Kedar and consider diligently, and see if there has been such a thing. Has a nation changed its gods, which are not gods? But My people have changed their Glory for what does not profit. Be astonished, O heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid; be very desolate,” says the LORD.
Today’s Vespers – 3rd reading is Wisdom of Solomon 4:7-15
But the righteous man, though he die early, will be at rest. For old age is not honored for length of time, nor measured by number of years; but understanding is gray hair for men, and a blameless life is ripe old age. There was one who pleased God and was loved by him, He was caught up lest evil change his understanding or guile deceive his soul. For the fascination of wickedness obscures what is good, and roving desire perverts the innocent mind. Being perfected in a short time, he fulfilled long years; for his soul was pleasing to the Lord, therefore he took him quickly from the midst of wickedness. Yet the peoples saw and did not understand, nor take such a thing to heart, that God’s grace and mercy are with his elect, and he watches over his holy ones.
Today’s Matins Gospel reading is Matthew 10:16-22
Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues. You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you. Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.
Today’s Epistle – Earthquake reading is Hebrews 12:6-13, 25-27
for whom the LORD loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.” If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed. See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.
Today’s Gospel – Earthquake reading is Matthew 8:23-27
Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”
Today’s Epistle – St. Demetrius reading is 2 Timothy 2:1-10
You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops. Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things. Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel, for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained. Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
Today’s Gospel – St. Demetrius reading is John 15:17-16:2
These things I command you, that you love one another. If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates Me hates My Father also. If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father. But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, ‘They hated Me without a cause.’ But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning. These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.
Today’s Epistle reading is 1 Corinthians 15:58-16:3
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also: On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come. And when I come, whomever you approve by your letters I will send to bear your gift to Jerusalem.
Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 8:16-21
No one, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a vessel or puts it under a bed, but sets it on a lampstand, that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light. Therefore take heed how you hear. For whoever has, to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to have will be taken from him.” Then His mother and brothers came to Him, and could not approach Him because of the crowd. And it was told Him by some, who said, “Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see You.” But He answered and said to them, “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.”
Saints and Feasts celebrated today
Holy, Glorious Demetrius the Myrrh-gusher of Thessalonica
Troparion — Tone 3
The world has found you to be a great defense against tribulation
and a vanquisher of heathens, O Passion-bearer.
As you bolstered the courage of Nestor,
who then humbled the arrogance of Lyaios in battle,
Holy Demetrius, entreat Christ God to grant us great mercy.
Kontakion — Tone 2
God, who has given you invincible might,
has tinged the Church with streams of your blood, Demetrius!
He preserves your city from harm,
for you are its foundation!
Commemoration of the Great Earthquake at Constantinople
Troparion — Tone 8
Christ our God, You look upon the earth and it trembles;
deliver us from the terrible threat of earthquakes;
and through the prayers of the Theotokos, send down upon us
Your abundant mercy and save us.
Kontakion — Tone 6
Deliver us all from upheavals, and from terrible afflictions caused by our sins, O Lord,
and spare Your people people whom You have purchased with Your blood, O Master.
Do not deliver Your city to destruction by terrible earthquakes,
for we know no other God than You;
and to those who cry out You respond:
“I am with you and no one will be against you.”
Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):
- Saint Theophilus of the Kiev Caves, Bishop of Novgorod
- Martyr Lupus
- Venerable Athanasius of Medikion Monastery
- Monkmartyr Joseph of Dionysiou, Mount Athos
- Saint Demetrius of Tsilibinsk
Today’s Fasting Guidelines
Today is Fast Free. No fasting restrictions.