Orthodox Daily Readings for 12/14/2019

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Scripture Readings

Today’s Epistle reading is Galatians 3:8-12
And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.” So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham. For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.” But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.” Yet the law is not of faith, but “the man who does them shall live by them.”

Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 14:1-11
Now it happened, as He went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath, that they watched Him closely. And behold, there was a certain man before Him who had dropsy. And Jesus, answering, spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” But they kept silent. And He took him and healed him, and let him go. Then He answered them, saying, “Which of you, having a donkey or an ox that has fallen into a pit, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?” And they could not answer Him regarding these things. So He told a parable to those who were invited, when He noted how they chose the best places, saying to them: “When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him; and he who invited you and him come and say to you, ‘Give place to this man,’ and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, go up higher.’ Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Saints and Feasts celebrated today

Martyrs Thyrsus, Leucis, and Callinicus of Apollonia

Troparion — Tone 3
With garlands and songs let us adorn the seven martyrs,
Thyrsus, Philemon, and steadfast Apolonius,
Arianus, Callinicus, Apollonia and glorious Leucius,
For they destroyed the enemy and are pillars of godliness.
Together they shine on all the world with rays of heavenly grace!

Kontakion — Tone 4
Let us gather today,
And praise the Church’s luminaries,
Acclaiming them as fitting trophy-bearers of Christ our God!

Martyrs Apolonius, Philemon, Arianus and Theoctychus, of Alexandria

Troparion — Tone 3
With garlands and songs let us adorn the seven martyrs,
Thyrsus, Philemon, and steadfast Apolonius,
Arianus, Callinicus, Apollonia and glorious Leucius,
For they destroyed the enemy and are pillars of godliness.
Together they shine on all the world with rays of heavenly grace!

Troparion — Tone 4
Your holy martyrs, 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
Let us gather today,
And praise the Church’s luminaries,
Acclaiming them as fitting trophy-bearers of Christ our God!

Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):

  • Saint Hilarion, Metropolitan of Suzdal and Yuriev

Today’s Fasting Guidelines

Strict Fast. Refrain from meat, fish, oil, wine, dairy, and eggs.


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