Today’s Epistle reading is 1 Thessalonians 1:6-10
And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became examples to all in Macedonia and Achaia who believe. For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place. Your faith toward God has gone out, so that we do not need to say anything. For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.
Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 17:26-37
And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed. In that day, he who is on the housetop, and his goods are in the house, let him not come down to take them away. And likewise the one who is in the field, let him not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife. Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. I tell you, in that night there will be two men in one bed: the one will be taken and the other will be left. Two women will be grinding together: the one will be taken and the other left. Two men will be in the field: the one will be taken and the other left. And they answered and said to Him, “Where, Lord?” So He said to them, “Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together.”
Saints and Feasts celebrated today
Prophet Obadiah (Abdia)
Troparion — Tone 2
We celebrate the memory
of Your prophet Obadiah, O Lord;
through him we beseech You:
“Save our souls.”
Kontakion — Tone 1
The great Obadiah, acquiring a mind luminous with divine splendor,
speaks through the Holy Spirit, proclaiming things to come.
Today we honor him with faithful minds,
celebrating his holy memory which enlightens the hearts of men.
Martyr Barlaam of Caesarea, in Cappadocia
Troparion — Tone 4
Your holy martyr Barlaam, O Lord,
Through his sufferings has received an incorruptible crown from You, our God.
For having Your strength, he laid low his adversaries,
And shattered the powerless boldness of demons.
Through his intercessions, save our souls!
Troparion — Tone 4
Armed with youthful fervor,
you endured martyrdom in old age and glorified Christ.
You offered Him your right hand as a whole burnt offering
and your holy soul as a blameless sacrifice.
Intercede that all may be granted forgiveness, Great-martyr Barlaam.
Kontakion — Tone 3
Though weak with old age you vanquished the evil one,
in your mighty contest, O Barlaam.
You endured the rack like one without a body,
and steadfastly endured the burning of your hand.
Therefore, God the Word has crowned you with a crown of glory.
Repose of Saint Philaret (Drozdov), Metropolitan of Moscow
Troparion — Tone 4
Having acquired the grace of the Holy Spirit
O divinely wise and holy hierarch Philaret,
You preached truth and righteousness to the people with enlightened understanding;
With a contrite heart you showed peace and mercy to the suffering;
And as a teacher and tireless guardian of the Faith
With the staff of uprightness you preserved the Russian flock.
Therefore, as you have boldness before Christ our God,
Pray that He preserve the Church and salvation to the people and our souls.
Kontakion — Tone 2
As a true imitator of the venerable Sergius;
You loved virtue from childhood, O divinely blessed Philaret.
As a righteous pastor and blameless confessor, you were subject to mockery and abuse by the ungodly after your holy repose,
But God has glorified you with signs and miracles
And shown you to be the helper of our Church.
“Consolation in Afflictions and Sorrows” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos
Troparion — Tone 5
Assuage the sickness of my much-sighing soul,
you who wipe away every tear from the face of the earth:
for you drive away the sickness of mankind,
and destroy the despondency of sinners.
Through you, O All-Holy Virgin Mother,
all acquire hope and confirmation of faith.
Kontakion — Tone 6
Do not entrust me to human protection, O All-Holy Lady,
but accept the prayers of your servant,
for I am fettered by sorrow, and I cannot endure the arrows fired by demons;
I have no shelter and there is nowhere to run.
I am wretched and my enemies are on every side,
and I have no consolation except you.
O Mistress of the world, hope and protection of the faithful.
Do not despise my prayers, but do what is beneficial for me.
Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):
- Venerable Barlaam, Abbot of the Kiev Near Caves
- Finding of the relics of Monkmartyr Adrian of Poshekhonsk, Yaroslavl
- Martyr Azes of Isauria and 150 soldiers with him
- Martyr Heliodorus in Pamphylia
- Venerable Hilarion the Wonderworker, Monk of Thessalonica
Today’s Fasting Guidelines
Fast Day (Fish Allowed). Fish, oil and wine are allowed. Refrain from meat, dairy and eggs.