Today’s Epistle reading is Galatians 1:3-10
Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.
Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 13:18-29
Then He said, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put in his garden; and it grew and became a large tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches.” And again He said, “To what shall I liken the kingdom of God? It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.” And He went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem. Then one said to Him, “Lord, are there few who are saved?” And He said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’ then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.’ There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out. They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit down in the kingdom of God.
Saints and Feasts celebrated today
Saint Ambrose, Bishop of Milan
Troparion — Tone 4
In truth you were revealed to your flock as a rule of faith,
an image of humility and a teacher of abstinence;
your humility exalted you;
your poverty enriched you.
Hierarch Father Ambrose,
entreat Christ our God
that our souls may be saved.
Kontakion — Tone 3
You shone forth with divine doctrine eclipsing the deception of Arius,
shepherd and initiate of the mysteries, Ambrose.
You worked miracles through the power of the Spirit,
healing various passions;
righteous father, entreat Christ our God to grant us His great mercy.
Venerable Anthony, Abbot of Siya, Novgorod
Troparion — Tone 1
You renounced the world in favor of the spirit,
Seeking the one God with your whole heart, O Anthony.
You retreated to a far wilderness, near waters,
In tears and labors living the angelic life.
You gathered a multitude of monks in your wisdom.
Visit them and cease not to implore the Holy Trinity
To deliver us from evil
And to save our souls!
Kontakion — Tone 8
From your youth you exhausted your flesh by fasting and prayer,
And taking up your cross, you followed Christ.
Having joyfully completed your journey to heaven,
You stand with the saints before the Holy Trinity.
Now visit your flock and remember those who honor you,
That all the faithful may cry out in thanksgiving:
Rejoice, O wise and righteous Anthony, guide of desert-dwellers!
Venerable Nilus of Stolbensk Lake
Troparion — Tone 4
You appeared as a bright light on the island of Lake Seliger.
From your youth you took Christ’s cross on your shoulder.
You followed him zealously, O Father Nilus,
And by your purity you approached the divine likeness.
You were enriched with the gift of miracles;
And now we run to your relics compunctionately crying:
Entreat Christ our God that he may save our souls!
Kontakion — Tone 8
Leaving your fatherland you made your wilderness dwelling on the island of Lake Seliger.
Living in hardship and amazing men by your virtues,
You received Christ’s gift of working wonders.
Remember us who honor your holy memory,
That we may cry to you: Rejoice, O Father Nilus!
Saint Philothea of Thrace, Protectress of Romania
Troparion — Tone 8
The blessed Philothea cries out to her Lord with great love,
offering to Him the martyrdom which she endured for Him.
She was buried with Him in Baptism that she might rise with Him,
so, by her sufferings, she died that she might live in Him.
Having given the pure oblation of her life to Christ, now she reigns with Him in glory.
By her prayers, O Christ God, in Thy mercy, save our souls.
Kontakion — Tone 8
O blessed Philothea, from your youth you offered yourself,
because of your great virtue, as a pure and spotless sacrifice unto God, Who truly knew you before your birth.
You were an adornment of virgins and of the inhabitants of the Bridal Chamber, worthy of praise.
cry to you: Hail, ever-memorable virgin.
Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):
- Venerable John the Faster of the Kiev Near Caves
- Martyr Athenodorus of Mesopotamia
- Venerable Paul the Obedient
- Venerable Gregory, founder of Grigoriou Monastery, Mount Athos
- Icon of the Mother of God of Vladimir of Seligersk
Today’s Fasting Guidelines
Fast Day (Wine and Oil Allowed). Wine and oil are allowed. Refrain from meat, fish, dairy, and eggs.