Orthodox Daily Readings for 11/29/2019

saint/feast of the day

Scripture Readings

Today’s Epistle reading is 1 Thessalonians 5:9-13, 24-28
For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing. And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. Brethren, pray for us. Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss. I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read to all the holy brethren. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 20:19-26
And the chief priests and the scribes that very hour sought to lay hands on Him, but they feared the people – for they knew He had spoken this parable against them. So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, that they might seize on His words, in order to deliver Him to the power and the authority of the governor. Then they asked Him, saying, “Teacher, we know that You say and teach rightly, and You do not show personal favoritism, but teach the way of God in truth: Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” But He perceived their craftiness, and said to them, “Why do you test Me? Show Me a denarius. Whose image and inscription does it have?” They answered and said, “Caesar’s.” And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” But they could not catch Him in His words in the presence of the people. And they marveled at His answer and kept silent.

Saints and Feasts celebrated today

Martyr Paramon and 370 Martyrs in Bithynia

Troparion — Tone 4
Your holy martyrs Paramon and Philoumenus and those with them, O Lord,
through their sufferings have received incorruptible crowns from You, our God.
For having Your strength, they laid low their adversaries,
and shattered the powerless boldness of demons.
Through their intercessions, save our souls!

Kontakion — Tone 4
Urged on by the commandments of God,
with patience, you cleansed your souls from all defilement.
You reached perfection as spiritual athletes;
you renounced sacrifice to idols.
Imitating Christ, you were slain with a spear,
most blessed Paramon and Philoumenus.
Always fervently intercede with Christ on behalf of the world.

Martyr Philoumenus of Ancyra

Troparion — Tone 4
Your holy martyrs Paramon and Philoumenus and those with them, O Lord,
through their sufferings have received incorruptible crowns from You, our God.
For having Your strength, they laid low their adversaries,
and shattered the powerless boldness of demons.
Through their intercessions, save our souls!

Kontakion — Tone 4
Urged on by the commandments of God,
with patience, you cleansed your souls from all defilement.
You reached perfection as spiritual athletes;
you renounced sacrifice to idols.
Imitating Christ, you were slain with a spear,
most blessed Paramon and Philoumenus.
Always fervently intercede with Christ on behalf of the world.

Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):

  • Martyr Valerian
  • Martyr Phaedrus
  • Venerable Acacius of Sinai, who is mentioned in the Ladder
  • Venerable Nectarius the Obedient of the Kiev Near Caves
  • Hieromartyr Abibus, Bishop of Nekresi in Georgia

Today’s Fasting Guidelines

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


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