Today’s Epistle reading is Colossians 4:10-18
Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, with Mark the cousin of Barnabas (about whom you received instructions: if he comes to you, welcome him), and Jesus who is called Justus. These are my only fellow workers for the kingdom of God who are of the circumcision; they have proved to be a comfort to me. Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. For I bear him witness that he has a great zeal for you, and those who are in Laodicea, and those in Hierapolis. Luke the beloved physician and Demas greet you. Greet the brethren who are in Laodicea, and Nymphas and the church that is in his house. Now when this epistle is read among you, see that it is read also in the church of the Laodiceans, and that you likewise read the epistle from Laodicea. And say to Archippus, “Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.” This salutation by my own hand – Paul. Remember my chains. Grace be with you. Amen.
Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 16:15-18, 17:1-4
And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God. The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it. And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tittle of the law to fail. Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced from her husband commits adultery. Then He said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.
Saints and Feasts celebrated today
Holy Martyrs and Confessors Gurias, Samonas, and Abibus, of Edessa
Troparion — Tone 5
Christ our God, You have granted us the miracles of Your holy martyrs
Gurias, Samonas and Abibas,
as a stronghold and protection.
Through their prayers, strengthen those in authority in every good deed,
for You alone are merciful and the Lover of mankind!
Kontakion — Tone 2
Podoben: “Seeking the highest…”You received grace from on high, all-praised martyrs,
and you intercede for those in the midst of temptations!
Therefore, holy ones, you freed a young woman from bitter death.
You are indeed the glory of Edessa and the joy of the world!
Venerable Paisius Velichkovsky
Troparion — Tone 2
Having become a stranger on earth,
you reached the heavenly homeland, venerable Father Paisius.
You taught the faithful to lift up their minds to God,
crying out to Him with all their hearts:
“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner!”
Kontakion — Tone 8
Like a much-laboring bee, you were an elect zealot of the monastic life,
supplying our souls with the writings of the Fathers through which you guide us on the path of salvation.
Therefore we cry out to you: “Rejoice, truly-wise Paisius,
for through you the tradition of spiritual elders has been restored to us!”
Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):
- Martyrs Elpidius, Marcellus, and Eustochius, who suffered under Julian the Apostate
- Martyr Demetrius of Thrace
- Icon of the Mother of God of Kupyatich
- Saint Philip of Rabanga
Today’s Fasting Guidelines
Today is Fast Free. No fasting restrictions.