Today’s Epistle reading is James 1:1-18
James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad: Greetings. My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation, but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away. For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits. Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.
Today’s Gospel reading is Mark 8:30-34
Then He strictly warned them that they should tell no one about Him. And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He spoke this word openly. Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. But when He had turned around and looked at His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, “Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
Saints and Feasts celebrated today
Venerable Paul of Thebes
Troparion — Tone 3
Inspired by the Spirit,
you were the first to dwell in the desert in emulation of Elijah the zealot;
as one who imitated the angels, you were made known to the world by Saint Anthony the Great.
Righteous Paul, entreat Christ God to grant us His great mercy.
Kontakion — Tone 3
Today we gather and praise you with hymns as an unwaning ray of the spiritual Sun;
for you shine on those in the darkness of ignorance,
leading all mankind to the heights, venerable Paul,
adornment of Thebes and firm foundation of the fathers and ascetics.
Venerable John Calabytes “the Hut-Dweller”
Troparion — Tone 4
From your early youth,
you longed with fervor for the things of the Lord.
Leaving the world and its pleasures,
you became an example of monastic life.
Most blessed John, you built your hut at the door of your parents’ house and overcame the devil’s guiles.
Therefore Christ Himself has worthily glorified you.
Kontakion — Tone 2
Longing for poverty in imitation of Christ,
you abandoned your parents’ wealth, wise Father John;
grasping the Gospel in your hands,
you followed Christ God, unceasingly praying for us all.
Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):
- Venerable Pansophius of Alexandria, the Martyr
- Saint Prochorus, Abbot in the Vranski Desert on the River Pshina in Bulgaria
- Venerable Gabriel, Founder of Lesnov Monastery in Bulgaria
- Saint Ita, Hermitess of Killeedy
- Ss. Salome of Ujarma and Perozhavra of Sivnia
- Saint Barlaam of Keretsk
Today’s Fasting Guidelines
Today is Fast Free. No fasting restrictions.