Today’s Epistle reading is 2 Corinthians 3:12-18
Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech – unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 9:37-43
Now it happened on the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, that a great multitude met Him. Suddenly a man from the multitude cried out, saying, “Teacher, I implore You, look on my son, for he is my only child. And behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out; it convulses him so that he foams at the mouth; and it departs from him with great difficulty, bruising him. So I implored Your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.” Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.” And as he was still coming, the demon threw him down and convulsed him. Then Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the child, and gave him back to his father. And they were all amazed at the majesty of God. But while everyone marveled at all the things which Jesus did, He said to His disciples,
Saints and Feasts celebrated today
Martyrs Onesiphorus and Porphyrius of Ephesus
Troparion — Tone 4
Your holy martyrs, Onesiphorus and Porphyrius, 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 pair of glorious martyrs, Onesiphorus and Porphyrius,
endured their suffering with strength,
dashing down to the earth the arrogance of the enemy,
and shining with the grace of the uncreated Trinity;
together with the angels, they unceasingly pray for us all.
Venerable Matrona, Abbess of Constantinople
Troparion — Tone 8
The image of God was truly preserved in you, O Mother,
for you took up the Cross and followed Christ.
By so doing, you taught us to disregard the flesh, for it passes away;
but to care instead for the soul, since it is immortal.
Therefore your spirit, O holy Mother Matróna, rejoices with the angels.
Kontakion — Tone 8
You passed through the storm of life without faltering, chosen and godly Mother Matróna,
guided to the harbor of life, where you sing hymns to the Deliverer.
You ever pray that Christ may grant us grace and mercy;
you preserve the flock which you painstakingly gathered!
Saint Nectarius Kephalas, Metropolitan of Pentapolis
Troparion — Tone 1
O faithful, let us honor Nectarius the divine servant of Christ,
offspring of Silyvria and guardian of Aegina,
who appeared in these last times as a true friend of virtue,
pouring forth all manner of healing upon those who reverently cry:
Glory to Him who gave you strength!
Glory to Him who granted you a crown!
Glory to Him who through you grants healing to all!
Kontakion — Tone 8
Let us sing praises with gladness of heart
to the newly-shining star of Orthodoxy, the newly-built rampart of the Church.
Being glorified by the power of the Spirit, he pours forth the abundant grace of healings upon those who cry:
“Rejoice, Father Nectarius.”
Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):
- Venerable Theoctiste of the Isle of Lesbos
- Venerable Onesiphorus the Confessor of the Kiev Near Caves
- Martyr Alexander of Thessalonica
- Martyr Anthony of Apamea
- Venerable John the Short, of Egypt
- Saint Eustolia of Constantinople
- Saint Sopatra of Constantinople
- Venerable Euthymius, founder of Dochiariou Monastery (Mount Athos—10th c.), and Venerable Neophytus, Co-founder of the Monastery
- Icon of the Mother of God “Quick to Hear”
Today’s Fasting Guidelines
Fast Day (Wine and Oil Allowed). Wine and oil are allowed. Refrain from meat, fish, dairy, and eggs.