Today’s 2nd Matins Gospel reading is Mark 16:1-8
Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him. Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they said among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?” But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away – for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples – and Peter – that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.” So they went out quickly and fled from the tomb, for they trembled and were amazed. And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
Today’s Epistle reading is Ephesians 2:14-22
For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 18:18-27
Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’” And he said, “All these things I have kept from my youth.” So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich. And when Jesus saw that he became very sorrowful, He said, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 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.”
Saints and Feasts celebrated today
Troparion — Tone 4
We celebrate the memory
of Your prophet Nahum, O Lord;
through him we beseech You:
Save our souls.
Kontakion — Tone 2
Illumined by the Spirit,
your heart was a vessel of illustrious prophecy,
seeing far-off things as though they were present.
Righteous Philaret the Merciful of Amnia in Asia Minor
Troparion — Tone 3
From the wealth of your faith in God,
You distributed your riches to the poor, O Philaret.
Your life was adorned with compassion
And you glorified the Giver of mercy.
Implore him to have compassion and mercy on those who praise you!
Kontakion — Tone 3
You possessed the spirit of Job in temptations,
And compassionately distributed your wealth to the poor.
You were a living fountain of almsgiving,
And by your manner of life you gladden those who cry:
Rejoice, O Philaret, servant of Christ God!
Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):
- Martyr Ananias of Persia
- Venerable Botolph of Iken
Today’s Fasting Guidelines
Fast Day (Fish Allowed). Fish, oil and wine are allowed. Refrain from meat, dairy and eggs.