Today’s Epistle reading is Philippians 2:24-30
But I trust in the Lord that I myself shall also come shortly. Yet I considered it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker, and fellow soldier, but your messenger and the one who ministered to my need; since he was longing for you all, and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick. For indeed he was sick almost unto death; but God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. Therefore I sent him the more eagerly, that when you see him again you may rejoice, and I may be less sorrowful. Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such men in esteem; because for the work of Christ he came close to death, not regarding his life, to supply what was lacking in your service toward me.
Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 11:42-46
But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass by justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the best seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like graves which are not seen, and the men who walk over them are not aware of them.” Then one of the lawyers answered and said to Him, “Teacher, by saying these things You reproach us also.” And He said, “Woe to you also, lawyers! For you load men with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers.
Saints and Feasts celebrated today
Hieromartyrs Zenobius and his sister Zenobia, of Aegæ in Cilicia
Troparion — Tone 4
As brother and sister united in godliness together you struggled in contest, Zenobius and Zenobia.
You received incorruptible crowns
and unending glory
and shine forth with the grace of healing upon those in the world.
Kontakion — Tone 8
Let us honor with inspired hymns the two martyrs for truth:
the preachers of true devotion, Zenobius and Zenobia; as brother and sister they lived and suffered
together and through martyrdom received their incorruptible crowns.
Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):
- Apostle Tertius of the Seventy
- Apostle Mark of the Seventy
- Apostle Justus of the Seventy
- Apostle Artemas of the Seventy
- Hieromartyr Marcian, Bishop of Syracuse
- Martyr Eutropia of Alexandria
- Martyr Anastasia of Thessalonica
- Saint Stephen Milutin of Serbia
- Venerable Dragutin (Theoctistus in Monasticism) of Serbia
- Saint Helen of Serbia
- Icon of the Mother of God of Ozeryanka
- Saint Jotham Zedgenidze
Today’s Fasting Guidelines
Strict Fast. Refrain from meat, fish, oil, wine, dairy, and eggs.