Orthodox Daily Readings for 11/11/2019

saint/feast of the day

Scripture Readings

Today’s Epistle reading is Colossians 2:13-20
And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ. Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God. Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations –

Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 14:12-15
Then He also said to him who invited Him, “When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” Now when one of those who sat at the table with Him heard these things, he said to Him, “Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God!”

Saints and Feasts celebrated today

Martyr Menas of Egypt

Troparion — Tone 4
Your 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 8
Today the church honors those who fought the good fight and died for their faith:
The victorious Menas, the noble Victor and the ascetic Vincent.
The church glorifies their divine struggle and cries out with love:
Glory to You, O Christ, the lover of mankind.

Martyr Victor at Damascus

Troparion — Tone 4
Your 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 8
Today the church honors those who fought the good fight and died for their faith:
The victorious Menas, the noble Victor and the ascetic Vincent.
The church glorifies their divine struggle and cries out with love:
Glory to You, O Christ, the lover of mankind.

Martyr Vincent of Spain

Troparion — Tone 4
Your 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 8
Today the church honors those who fought the good fight and died for their faith:
The victorious Menas, the noble Victor and the ascetic Vincent.
The church glorifies their divine struggle and cries out with love:
Glory to You, O Christ, the lover of mankind.

Venerable Theodore the Confessor, Abbot of the Studion

Troparion — Tone 8
O champion of Orthodoxy, teacher of purity and of true worship,
The enlightener of the universe and the adornment of the hierarchs:
O all-wise Father Theodore, your teachings have gleamed with light upon all things.
Intercede before Christ our God to save our souls!

Kontakion — Tone 2
You girded yourself with every ascetic practice
To protect your angelic life,
With the grace of God you conquered,
Becoming like the angels.
Never cease to intercede with them, O Theodore, before Christ our God,
That He may have mercy on us all!

Saint Martin the Merciful, Bishop of Tours

Troparion — Tone 4
In signs and in miracles you were renowned throughout Gaul.
By grace and adoption you are a light for the world, O Martin, blessed of God.
Almsgiving and compassion filled your life with their splendors,
teaching and wise counsel were your riches and treasures,
which you dispense freely to those who honor you.

Kontakion — Tone 8
As a devoted man of God, you proclaimed His mysteries,
and as a seer of the Trinity, you shed your blessings on the Occident.
By your prayers and entreaties, O adornment of Tours and glory of all the Church,
preserve us, O Saint Martin, and save all who praise your memory.

Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):

  • Martyr Stephanida of Damascus
  • Repose of the Blessed Maximus of Moscow
  • Venerable Martyrius, Abbot of Zelenets, Pskov
  • Repose of Saint Stephen of Dečani, Serbia

Today’s Fasting Guidelines

Today is Fast Free. No fasting restrictions.


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