Today’s Epistle reading is 2 Thessalonians 1:10-2:2
when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed. Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come.
Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 21:12-19
But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake. But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony. Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But not a hair of your head shall be lost. By your patience possess your souls.
Saints and Feasts celebrated today
Troparion — Tone 2
We celebrate the memory
of Your prophet Zephaniah, O Lord;
through him we beseech You:
“Save our souls.”
Kontakion — Tone 4
You have been revealed by the Spirit of God to be brilliant, Prophet Zephaniah,
for you proclaimed the coming of God:
“Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion!
Proclaim Him, O Jerusalem!
Behold, your King is coming to save mankind!”
Venerable Sava, Abbot of Zvenigorod, Disciple of Venerable Sergius of Radonezh
Troparion — Tone 8
You revealed the desert as good growth, O Venerable One.
For from your youth you desired to live a pure life,
Following your spiritual director and his teaching,
You trained your mind on the heavens,
You have shown the wisdom of the instructor to your flock.
Therefore, even as Christ has shown you the torch of the enriching wonders:
Our Father Sava, pray to save our souls.
Kontakion — Tone 2
Burning with desire for the Lord,
you avoided carnal passions.
You were shown to be a never-setting sun of Divine Light,
illumining all the faithful with rays of miracles flowing from the shrine of your relics,
O our venerable Father Sava.
Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):
- Saint Theodoulus, Eparch of Constantinople
- Venerable John the Silent of Saint Sabbas Monastery
- Hieromartyr Theodore, Archbishop of Alexandria
- Monastic Martyr Cosmas of Saint Anne Skete, Mount Athos
- Saint George of Cernica and Caldarushani
- New Martyr Angelos of Chios
Today’s Fasting Guidelines
Fast Day (Fish Allowed). Fish, oil and wine are allowed. Refrain from meat, dairy and eggs.