Today’s Epistle reading is 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit. But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; and indeed you do so toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more; that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.
Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 20:1-8
Now it happened on one of those days, as He taught the people in the temple and preached the gospel, that the chief priests and the scribes, together with the elders, confronted Him and spoke to Him, saying, “Tell us, by what authority are You doing these things? Or who is he who gave You this authority?” But He answered and said to them, “I also will ask you one thing, and answer Me: The baptism of John – was it from heaven or from men?” And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From men,’ all the people will stone us, for they are persuaded that John was a prophet.” So they answered that they did not know where it was from. And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”
Saints and Feasts celebrated today
Greatmartyr James the Persian
Troparion — Tone 4
You astounded all, long-suffering James, by enduring horrible tortures with great patience.
As the evil assembly performed the slaughter,
you uttered prayers of thanksgiving to the Lord.
Through your sufferings you received your crown,
and came to the throne of the heavenly King, Christ God.
Entreat Him to save our souls!
Kontakion — Tone 2
You listened to your faithful wife
and contemplated the judgment of God, holy James;
you despised the threats and commands of the Persians,
accepting the cutting of your body as though you were a vine.
Therefore you were revealed as a martyr worthy of honor.
Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):
- Venerable Palladius of Thessalonica
- Saint James the Wonderworker, Bishop of Rostov
- Uncovering of the relics of Saint Vsevolod (Gabriel) of Pskov
- 17 Monastic Martyrs in India
- Saint Romanus the Wonderworker
- Repose of Venerable Diodorus, Abbot of the Yuriev Monastery, Solovki
- Commemoration of the Weeping Icon of the Mother of God “of the Sign” at Novgorod
- Icon of the Mother of God “Kursk-Root”
- Icon of the Mother of God of Abalaka
- Saint Theodosius of Trnovo
- Icon of the Mother of God of Tsarskoe Selo
- Icon of the Mother of God “Seraphim-Ponetaevka”
Today’s Fasting Guidelines
Fast Day (Fish Allowed). Fish, oil and wine are allowed. Refrain from meat, dairy and eggs.