Orthodox Daily Readings for 1/16/2020

saint/feast of the day

Scripture Readings

Today’s Epistle reading is James 1:19-27
So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

Today’s Gospel reading is Mark 9:10-16
So they kept this word to themselves, questioning what the rising from the dead meant. And they asked Him, saying, “Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” Then He answered and told them, “Indeed, Elijah is coming first and restores all things. And how is it written concerning the Son of Man, that He must suffer many things and be treated with contempt? But I say to you that Elijah has also come, and they did to him whatever they wished, as it is written of him.” And when He came to the disciples, He saw a great multitude around them, and scribes disputing with them. Immediately, when they saw Him, all the people were greatly amazed, and running to Him, greeted Him. And He asked the scribes, “What are you discussing with them?”

Saints and Feasts celebrated today

Veneration of the Precious Chains of the Holy and All-Glorious Apostle Peter

Troparion — Tone 4
You came to us without leaving Rome
through the precious chains that you wore.
First-enthroned of the apostles,
we bow down to them in faith and pray:
“Through your prayers to God grant us great mercy.”

Kontakion — Tone 2
Christ the Rock radiantly glorifies the Rock of Faith,
the first-enthroned of the disciples;
He calls us to honor the miracles wrought through Peter’s chains,
so that He may grant us forgiveness of our sins.

Martyred brothers Speusippus, Eleusippus, Meleusippus, and those with them, in Gaul

Troparion — Tone 4
Your holy martyrs, O Lord,
Through their sufferings have received an incorruptible crown 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!

Martyr Danax the Reader, in Macedonia

Troparion — Tone 4
Your holy martyr Danax, 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):

  • Blessed Maximus the Fool-for-Christ of Totma, Vologda
  • Saint Honoratus, Archbishop of Arles, founder of Lerins Monastery
  • Hieromartyr Damascene the New
  • Venerable Romilus of Ravenica

Today’s Fasting Guidelines

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


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