Orthodox Daily Readings for 11/12/2019

saint/feast of the day

Scripture Readings

Today’s Epistle reading is Colossians 2:20-3:3
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 – Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle, which all concern things which perish with the using – according to the commandments and doctrines of men? These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh. If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 14:25-35
Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it – lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple. Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

Saints and Feasts celebrated today

Saint John the Merciful, Patriarch of Alexandria

Troparion — Tone 8
By endurance you gained your reward, venerable Father;
you persevered in prayer unceasingly;
you loved the poor and provided for them in all things.
Blessed John the Merciful, intercede with Christ God that our souls may be saved.

Kontakion — Tone 2
You distributed your wealth to the poor
and in return obtained wealth from heaven, John the Merciful.
Therefore, we honor you and celebrate your memory, O namesake of mercy.

Venerable Nilus the Faster of Sinai

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!
Our Father Nilus, pray to Christ God to save our souls!

Kontakion — Tone 8
By your vigilant prayer you cut away the undergrowth of the body’s insurgent passions.
As you have boldness before the Lord, free me from every danger so that I may cry to you:
“Rejoice, universal father Nilus.”

Blessed John “the Hairy” and Fool-For-Christ at Rostov

Troparion — Tone 8
In your patience, you possessed your reward, O holy father.
You were constant in prayer, while loving and aiding the poor.
Beseech Christ God, O John the merciful, that He may save our souls!

Kontakion — Tone 8
By distributing your wealth to the poor, O John most wise,
You gained the wealth of heaven and were called the merciful one:
Therefore we honor you and celebrate your holy memory!

Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):

  • Prophet Ahijah
  • Venerable Nilus the Myrrhgusher of Mount Athos
  • Icon of the Mother of God “the Merciful”

Today’s Fasting Guidelines

Today is Fast Free. No fasting restrictions.


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