Today’s Epistle reading is Philippians 4:10-23
But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress. Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only. For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen. Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you. All the saints greet you, but especially those who are of Caesar’s household. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 12:13-15, 22-31
Then one from the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” But He said to him, “Man, who made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?” And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” Then He said to His disciples, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith? And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.
Saints and Feasts celebrated today
Venerable Joannicius the Great
Troparion — Tone 8
By a flood of tears you made the desert fertile,
And your longing for God brought forth fruits in abundance.
By the radiance of miracles you illumined the whole universe!
O our holy father Joannicius, pray to Christ our God to save our souls!
Kontakion — Tone 4
Today we celebrate together your honored memory,
And we faithfully beseech you, O holy Joannicius
That we may find mercy with the Lord!
Hieromartyrs Nicander, Bishop of Myra, and Hermas, the Presbyter
Troparion — Tone 4
In your manner a participant,
and in your throne a successor of the Apostles,
you discovered action an entrance into visions,
O inspired one of God.
Therefore teaching the Word of truth,
you suffered for the faith even unto blood.
O Bishop and Martyr Nicander, pray to Christ God that our souls may be saved!
Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):
- Venerable Mercurius the Faster of the Kiev Caves
- Venerable Nicander, Abbot of Gorodensk, Novgorod
- Ss. John, Stephen, and Isaiah of Georgia
- Blessed Simon of Yurievets
- Venerable Gabriel of Atonelni
Today’s Fasting Guidelines
Today is Fast Free. No fasting restrictions.