Today’s Epistle reading is 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
For what thanks can we render to God for you, for all the joy with which we rejoice for your sake before our God, night and day praying exceedingly that we may see your face and perfect what is lacking in your faith? Now may our God and Father Himself, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way to you. And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you, so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.
Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 19:45-48
Then He went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in it, saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house is a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’” And He was teaching daily in the temple. But the chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people sought to destroy Him, and were unable to do anything; for all the people were very attentive to hear Him.
Saints and Feasts celebrated today
Venerable Alypius the Stylite of Adrianopolis
Troparion — Tone 1
You were a pillar of patient endurance,
having imitated the forefathers, O Venerable One:
Job in suffering, and Joseph in temptations.
You lived like the Bodiless Ones while yet in the flesh, O Alypius, our Father.
Beseech Christ God that our souls may be saved.
Kontakion — Tone 8
The Church glorifies and praises you today, Alypius,
as a perfect example of virtue and the boast of ascetics.
Through your prayers, grant remission of sins to all who venerate your life and your struggles.
Repose of Saint Innocent, first Bishop of Irkutsk
Troparion — Tone 3
Radiant light of the church,
You illumined the earth by your deeds.
Those who drew near to you in faith, you healed and so glorified God.
Therefore, O holy Father Innocent, we beseech you,
Encompass this land with your prayers,
And protect us from all harm and misdeed.
Kontakion — Tone 2
The Trinity delights in you
O Holy Bishop Innocent.
You are divine thunder, a spiritual trumpet,
A planter of the faith and destroyer of heresies.
As you ever stand with the angels,
Entreat without ceasing for us all!
Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):
- Dedication of the Church of the Greatmartyr George at Kiev
- Venerable James the Solitary of Syria
- Venerable Stylianus of Paphlagonia
- Venerable Nikon “Metanoeite,” the Preacher of Repentance
- Saint Athanasius, “the Iron Staff” and Saint Theodosius of Cherepovets, disciples of Saint Sergius of Radonezh
Today’s Fasting Guidelines
Fast Day (Fish Allowed). Fish, oil and wine are allowed. Refrain from meat, dairy and eggs.