Today’s 4th Matins Gospel reading is Luke 24:1-12
Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’” And they remembered His words. Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles. And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them. But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened.
Today’s Epistle reading is Colossians 3:4-11
When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them. But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.
Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 14:16-24
Then He said to him, “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, for all things are now ready.’ But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.’ Still another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.’ And the servant said, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’ Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. ’For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.’”
Saints and Feasts celebrated today
Sunday of the Forefathers
Troparion — Tone 2
Through faith You justified the Forefathers,
betrothing through them the Church of the gentiles.
These saints exult in glory,
for from their seed came forth a glorious fruit:
She who bore You without seed.
So by their prayers, O Christ God, have mercy on us!
Kontakion — Tone 6
You did not worship the graven image,
O thrice-blessed ones,
but armed with the immaterial Essence of God,
you were glorified in a trial by fire.
From the midst of unbearable flames you called on God, crying:
Hasten, O compassionate One!
Speedily come to our aid,
for You are merciful and able to do as You will.
Hieromartyr Eleutherius, Bishop of Illyria, and his mother, Martyr Evanthia
Troparion — Tone 5
Adorned with the robe of priest
Stained with the streams of your blood,
O wise and blessed Eleutherius, over-thrower of Satan
You hastened to Christ your Master.
Pray unceasingly for those who faithfully honor your contest!
Kontakion — Tone 2
We all praise and entreat you, O Hieromartyr Eleutherius,
Adornment of priests and encouragement of martyrs:
Free from danger those who lovingly celebrate your memory,
And pray unceasingly for us all!
Venerable Paul of Latros
Troparion — Tone 4
Since you dwell together with the bodiless hosts
and are a companion of all the venerable ones,
we praise you, most glorious Paul,
and we beseech you:
“Always pray for us, so that we may find mercy!”
Kontakion — Tone 8
From your youth, O wise one, you bravely desired that which passes understanding
and you forsook the tumult of the world.
Because of your divine way of life you became a dwelling of the Trinity
and enlighten those who turn to you with faith!
Therefore we cry out to you: “Rejoice, most wealthy Paul!”
Saint Stephen the Confessor, Archbishop of Sourozh, Crimea
Troparion — Tone 4
O solitary dweller with the bodiless hosts,
you took the Cross as your weapon
and stood firm against the iconoclasts,
who would not honor the icon of Christ our God.
But you cut out all wicked heresies,
then, having won the martyr’s crown,
you delivered your city, Surozh, from all enemies.
And now we implore you, O Stephen:
Deliver us from temptation and eternal torment!
Kontakion — Tone 3
Strengthened by the power of the Most High God,
you overcame the iconoclasts of the royal house.
Today your relics are the glory of Surozh and joy for the faithful,
and the bodiless hosts bear them triumphantly,
glorifying you with hymns of praise, O great Hierarch Stephen!
Hieromartyr Hilarion, Archbishop of Vereiya
Troparion — Tone 4
O Hilarion, warrior of Christ,
glory and boast of the Church of Russia,
you confessed Christ before the perishing world,
you strengthened the Church by your blood,
and having acquired divine understanding,
you proclaimed to the faithful:
Without the Church there is no salvation!
Kontakion — Tone 6
O Hilarion, Hieromartyr of Christ, you were not afraid of the servants of the coming Antichrist,
but confessed Christ courageously and laid down your life for God’s Church,
O adornment of the New Martyrs of Russia, and boast of Holy Russia,
you are the glory and confirmation of our Church.
Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):
- Righteous Priest Aaron
- Righteous Benjamin
- Righteous Deborah
- Righteous Ezra
- Righteous Isaac
- Righteous Jacob
- Righteous Judith
- Righteous Miriam
- Prophet Nathan
- Prophet Nehemiah
- Righteous Noah
- Righteous Rebecca
- Righteous Sarah
- Prophet Solomon
- Righteous Susanna
- Righteous Ruth
- Righteous Mary
- Venerable Tryphon, Abbot of Pechenga
- Martyr Jonah, disciple of Tryphon of Pechenga
- Martyr Eleutherius at Constantinople
- Venerable Pardus the Hermit, of Palestine
- Saint Nectarius of Bitel
Today’s Fasting Guidelines
Fast Day (Wine and Oil Allowed). Wine and oil are allowed. Refrain from meat, fish, dairy, and eggs.