Orthodox Daily Readings for 12/19/2019

saint/feast of the day

Scripture Readings

Today’s Epistle reading is 1 Timothy 6:17-21
Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge – by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen.

Today’s Gospel reading is Mark 10:17-27
Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may 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,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’” And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.” Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! 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 they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, “Who then can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”

Saints and Feasts celebrated today

Martyr Boniface at Tarsus in Cilicia, and Righteous Aglaida of Rome

Troparion — Tone 4
You fervently followed the way of the martyrs
Confessing Christ before unbelievers, O Boniface.
You gave your body to modest Aglae
As an imperishable treasure.
Healing and mercy flow from it for the world.

Kontakion — Tone 4
Willingly you offered yourself as a blameless sacrifice
to the One about to be born of the Virgin for our sake,
holy crown-bearer, all-wise Boniface.

Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):

  • Venerable Elias of Murom, Wonderworker of the Kiev Near Caves
  • Martyrs Elias, Probus, and Ares in Cilicia
  • Saint Boniface the Merciful, Bishop of Ferentino
  • Saint Gregory, Archbishop of Omirits
  • Venerable George the Scribe, and Venerable Sava, of Khakhuli

Today’s Fasting Guidelines

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

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