Orthodox Daily Readings for 11/20/2019

saint/feast of the day

Scripture Readings

Today’s Epistle reading is 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming to you was not in vain. But even after we had suffered before and were spitefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we were bold in our God to speak to you the gospel of God in much conflict. For our exhortation did not come from error or uncleanness, nor was it in deceit. But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts. For neither at any time did we use flattering words, as you know, nor a cloak for covetousness – God is witness. Nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, when we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children. So, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.

Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 18:15-17, 26-30
Then they also brought infants to Him that He might touch them; but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” And those who heard it said, “Who then can be saved?” But He said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” Then Peter said, “See, we have left all and followed You.” So He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life.”

Saints and Feasts celebrated today

Forefeast of the Entry into the Temple of the Most Holy Theotokos

Troparion — Tone 4
Today Anna bequeaths joy to all instead of sorrow by bringing forth her fruit, the only ever-Virgin.
In fulfillment of her vow,
today with joy she brings to the temple of the Lord
the true temple and pure Mother of God the Word.

Kontakion — Tone 4
Today the universe is filled with joy
at the glorious feast of the Mother of God, and cries out:
“She is the heavenly tabernacle.”

Venerable Gregory Decapolite

Troparion — Tone 4
The twofold lamps of divine gifts,
Proclus, shepherd of New Rome, and Gregory, scion of Decapolis,
guide us by the light of grace as divinely-inspired fathers.
Let us draw near and eagerly beseech them,
that we may receive forgiveness and salvation of our souls.

Kontakion — Tone 3
The Church knows you to be a brilliant sun
enlightening all with the rays of healing and the beauty of virtue.
Therefore, as we celebrate your honored memory,
we glorify your struggles, ever-blest and all-wise father Gregory.

Saint Proclus, Archbishop of Constantinople

Troparion — Tone 4
The twofold lamps of divine gifts,
Proclus, shepherd of New Rome, and Gregory, scion of Decapolis,
guide us by the light of grace as divinely-inspired fathers.
Let us draw near and eagerly beseech them,
that we may receive forgiveness and salvation of our souls.

Kontakion — Tone 4
Today with the most revered of all cities
we fittingly celebrate your honored translation to heaven,
Father of Fathers, wise Proclus.

Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):

  • Venerable Diodorus, Abbot of Yuregorsk
  • Martyr Dasius of Dorostorum
  • Martyrs Eustace, Thespesius, and Anatolius of Nicea
  • Hieromartyrs Nerses and Joseph and many other men and women who suffered with them in Persia
  • Saint Theoctistus the Confessor

Today’s Fasting Guidelines

Fast Day (Fish Allowed). Fish, oil and wine are allowed. Refrain from meat, dairy and eggs.


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