Today’s Epistle reading is Hebrews 10:1-18
For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins. Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body You have prepared for Me. In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come – in the volume of the book it is written of Me – to do Your will, O God.’” Previously saying, “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the law), then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second. By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them, then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.
Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 21:5-7, 10-11, 20-24
Then, as some spoke of the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and donations, He said, “These things which you see – the days will come in which not one stone shall be left upon another that shall not be thrown down.” So they asked Him, saying, “Teacher, but when will these things be? And what sign will there be when these things are about to take place?” Then He said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven. But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her. For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
Saints and Feasts celebrated today
Afterfeast of the Theophany of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
Troparion — Tone 1
When You, O Lord were baptized in the Jordan
the worship of the Trinity was made manifest
for the voice of the Father bore witness to You
and called You His beloved Son.
And the Spirit, in the form of a dove,
confirmed the truthfulness of His word.
O Christ, our God, You have revealed Yourself
and have enlightened the world, glory to You!
Kontakion — Tone 4
Today You have shown forth to the world, O Lord,
and the light of Your countenance has been marked on us.
Knowing You, we sing Your praises.
You have come and revealed Yourself,
O unapproachable Light.
Venerable George the Chozebite, Abbot
Troparion — Tone 5
God-bearing Father George,
you cultivated the word of grace and gathered the splendid fruits of righteousness,
having chosen the way of godliness.
Therefore, you partook of the glory of Christ;
intercede with Him unceasingly
that He may have mercy on our souls.
Kontakion — Tone 4
Podoben: “Today You have shown forth…”
You have appeared as a brilliant light
and have illumined with divine rays those who cry to you, O George.
Pray for us to Christ the Master,
Who appeared in the waters
to illumine those born on earth.
Martyrs Theophilus the Deacon, and Helladius, in Libya
Troparion — Tone 4
Your holy martyr Theophilus, O Lord,
Through his sufferings has received an incorruptible crown from You, our God.
For having Your strength, he laid low his adversaries,
And shattered the powerless boldness of demons.
Through his intercessions, save our souls!
Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):
- Venerable Domnica of Constantinople
- Saint Emilian the Confessor, Bishop of Cyzicus
- Venerable Gregory, Wonderworker of the Kiev Near Caves
- Venerable Gregory the Recluse, of the Kiev Caves
- Hieromartyr Isidore and 72 others at Yuriev, Estonia
- Saint Paisius of Uglich
- Saint Carterius of Caesarea in Cappadocia
- Martyrs Julian and his wife, Basilissa, and those with them in Egypt
- Venerable Elias the Hermit, of Egypt
- Martyr Abo the Perfumer, of Tbilisi, Georgia
- Venerable Gregory of Ochrid
Today’s Fasting Guidelines
Today is Fast Free. No fasting restrictions.