Today’s Epistle reading is Colossians 1:24-29
I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church, of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.
Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 13:1-9
There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.” He also spoke this parable: “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?’ But he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down.’”
Saints and Feasts celebrated today
33 Holy Martyrs of Melitene
Troparion — Tone 4
Your thirty-three holy martyrs, O Lord,
through their sufferings have received incorruptible crowns from You, our God.
For having Your strength, they laid low their adversaries,
and shattered the powerless boldness of demons.
Through their intercessions, save our souls!
Kontakion — Tone 2
The radiant choir of martyrs, the light-bearing company,
spiritually descends to us, enlightening the Church with brilliant rays.
Therefore as we celebrate their honored memory,
we ask You, our Savior:
through their prayers deliver us from misfortunes
so that we may sing to You: “Alleluia.”
Venerable Lazarus, Wonderworker of Mount Galesius Near Ephesus
Troparion — Tone 8
You watered your pillar with prayerful vigils and flowing tears;
you brought forth fruit a hundredfold with sighs from the depths of your soul.
You were a shepherd, granting the requests of all.
Entreat Christ God, venerable Lazarus our father, that our souls may be saved.
Kontakion — Tone 4
With joy the Church of Christ glorifies you with psalms
as a most brilliant light, venerable Lazarus.
Therefore, always pray to Christ that He may grant forgiveness of transgressions to all.
Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):
- Venerable Zosimas, Abbot of Vorbozomsk
- Finding of the relics of Venerable Cyril, Abbot of Novoezersk, Vologda
- Martyrs Melasippus, Karina, their son, Antoninus, and forty children converted by their martyrdom, at Ancyra
- Martyrs Auctus, Taurion, and Thessalonica, at Amphipolis, in Macedonia
- Icon of the Mother of God “the Joyful”
- Martyr Theodotus of Ancyra
Today’s Fasting Guidelines
Strict Fast. Refrain from meat, fish, oil, wine, dairy, and eggs.