Tuesday Nov. 11th, 2014

Today’s commemorated feasts and saints

Martyrs Menas of Egypt (304), Victor at Damascus (2nd c.) and Vincent of Spain (204). Martyr Stephanida (Stepanida, Stephanie) of Spain (2nd c.). Ven. Theodore the Confessor, Abbot of the Studion (826). Repose of Bl. Maxim, Fool-for-Christ and Wonderworker in Moscow (1434). Ven. Martýrii, Abbot of Zelénsk (Pskov—1603). Repose of St. Stephen Dechani of Serbia. St. Martin the Merciful, Bishop of Tours (397).

 

1 Thessalonians 1:6-10 (Epistle)

6And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit,7so that you became examples to all in Macedonia and Achaia who believe.8For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place. Your faith toward God has gone out, so that we do not need to say anything.9For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,10and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

 

Luke 12:42-48 (Gospel)

42And the Lord said, “Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season?43Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.44Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has.45But if that servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk,46the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.47And that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.48But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.

 

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Monday Nov. 10th, 2015

Today’s commemorated feasts and saints

Apostles of the Seventy: Erastus, Olympas, Herodion, Sosipater, Quartus, and Tertius (1st c.). Martyr Orestes of Cappadocia (204). Hieromartyr Milles, Bishop in Persia, and two disciples (341). Ven. Theocteristus, Abbot of Symbola on Mt. Olympus. Martyr Constantine, Prince of Georgia (852).

 

1 Thessalonians 1:1-5 (Epistle)

1Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.2We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers,3remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father,4knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God.5For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake.

 

Luke 12:13-15, 22-31 (Gospel)

13Then one from the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”14But He said to him, “Man, who made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?”15And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”22Then He said to His disciples, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on.23Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.24Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?25And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?26If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?27Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.28If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?29And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind.30For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things.31But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.

 

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Sunday Nov. 9th, 2014

Today’s commemorated feasts and saints

22nd SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 5. Martyrs Onesiphorus and Porphyrius of Ephesus (3rd-4th c.). Ven. Matrona, Abbess, of Constantinople (ca. 492). Ven. Theoctiste of the Isle of Lesbos (881). Ven. Onísifor (Onesiphorus) the Confessor, of the Kiev Caves (Near Caves—1148). Martyr Alexander of Thessalonica (4th c.). Martyr Anthony of Apamea (5th c.). Ven. John the Short, of Egypt (5th c.). Ss. Eustolia (610) and Sosipatra (ca. 625), of Constantinople. St. Nectarios Kephalas, Metropolitan of Pentapolis (1920). Ven. Euthymius, Founder of Dochiariou Monastery (Mt. Athos—10th c.), and Ven. Neophytus, Co-founder of the Monastery. Icon of the Most-holy Theotokos, “SHE WHO IS QUICK TO HEAR”.

 

Galatians 6:11-18 (Epistle)

11See with what large letters I have written to you with my own hand!12As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.13For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh.14But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.15For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.16And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.17From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.18Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

 

Luke 8:41-56 (Gospel)

41And behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue. And he fell down at Jesus’ feet and begged Him to come to his house,42for he had an only daughter about twelve years of age, and she was dying. But as He went, the multitudes thronged Him.43Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any,44came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped.45And Jesus said, “Who touched Me?” When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ “46But Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.”47Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately.48And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”49While He was still speaking, someone came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, “Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher.”50But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.”51When He came into the house, He permitted no one to go in except Peter, James, and John, and the father and mother of the girl.52Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, “Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeping.”53And they ridiculed Him, knowing that she was dead.54But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, “Little girl, arise.”55Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He commanded that she be given something to eat.56And her parents were astonished, but He charged them to tell no one what had happened.

 

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Saturday Nov. 8th, 2014

Today’s commemorated feasts and saints

SYNAXIS OF THE ARCHANGEL MICHAEL AND THE OTHER BODILESS POWERS: Archangels Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Selaphiel, Jegudiel, and Barachiel.

 

2 Corinthians 5:1-10 (Epistle)

1For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.2For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven,3if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked.4For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life.5Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.6So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord.7For we walk by faith, not by sight.8We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.9Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.10For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

 

Luke 9:1-6 (Gospel)

1Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases.2He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.3And He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey, neither staffs nor bag nor bread nor money; and do not have two tunics apiece.4Whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart.5And whoever will not receive you, when you go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet as a testimony against them.6So they departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.

 

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Friday Nov. 7th, 2014

Today’s commemorated feasts and saints

Holy 33 Martyrs of Melitene: Hieron, Hesychius, Nicander, Athanasius, Mamas, Barachius, Callinicus, Theogenes, Nicon, Longinus, Theodore, Valerius, Xanthius, Theodulus, Callimachus, Eugene, Theodochus, Ostrychius, Epiphanius, Maximian, Ducitius, Claudian, Theophilus, Gigantius, Dorotheus, Theodotus, Castrychius, Anicletus, Theomelius, Euthychius, Hilarion, Diodotus, and Amonitus (3rd c.). Ven. Lazarus the Wonderworker of Mt. Galesius near Ephesus (1053). Ven. Zosíma, Abbot of Vorbozómsk. Finding of the Relics of Ven. Cyril, Abbot of Novoezérsk (Vologdá—1649). Martyr Theodotus of Ancyra (303). Martyrs Melasippus, Carina, their son, Antoninus, and forty children converted by their martyrdom, at Ancyra (363). Martyrs Auctus, Taurion, and Thessalonica, at Amphipolis, in Macedonia.

 

Colossians 4:10-18 (Epistle)

10Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, with Mark the cousin of Barnabas (about whom you received instructions: if he comes to you, welcome him),11and Jesus who is called Justus. These are my only fellow workers for the kingdom of God who are of the circumcision; they have proved to be a comfort to me.12Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.13For I bear him witness that he has a great zeal for you, and those who are in Laodicea, and those in Hierapolis.14Luke the beloved physician and Demas greet you.15Greet the brethren who are in Laodicea, and Nymphas and the church that is in his house.16Now when this epistle is read among you, see that it is read also in the church of the Laodiceans, and that you likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.17And say to Archippus, “Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.”18This salutation by my own hand – Paul. Remember my chains. Grace be with you. Amen.

 

Luke 12:2-12 (Gospel)

2For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known.3Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops.4And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.5But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!6Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God.7But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.8Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God.9But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God.10And anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven.11Now when they bring you to the synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how or what you should answer, or what you should say.12For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.

 

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Thursday Nov. 6th, 2014

Today’s commemorated feasts and saints

St. Paul the Confessor, Archbishop of Constantinople (350). Ven. Varlaam, Abbot of Khutyn’ (Novgorod—1192). Ven. Luke, Steward of the Kiev Caves (Near Caves—13th c.). Repose of St. Herman, Archbishop of Kazan’ (1567). Ven. Barlaam of Keret Lake (16th c.). Martyrs Tecusa, Alexandra, Claudia, Matrona, Polactia, Euphrosyne, and Athanasia, of Ancyra (3rd c.). Ven. Luke of Sicily (800-820).

 

Colossians 4:2-9 (Epistle)

2Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;3meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains,4that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.5Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.6Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.7Tychicus, a beloved brother, faithful minister, and fellow servant in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me.8I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that he may know your circumstances and comfort your hearts,9with Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will make known to you all things which are happening here.

 

Luke 11:47-12:1 (Gospel)

47Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets, and your fathers killed them.48In fact, you bear witness that you approve the deeds of your fathers; for they indeed killed them, and you build their tombs.49Therefore the wisdom of God also said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and persecute,’50that the blood of all the prophets which was shed from the foundation of the world may be required of this generation,51from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who perished between the altar and the temple. Yes, I say to you, it shall be required of this generation.52Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered.53And as He said these things to them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to assail Him vehemently, and to cross-examine Him about many things,54lying in wait for Him, and seeking to catch Him in something He might say, that they might accuse Him.1In the meantime, when an innumerable multitude of people had gathered together, so that they trampled one another, He began to say to His disciples first of all, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

 

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Wednesday Nov. 5th, 2014

Today’s commemorated feasts and saints

Martyr Galacteon and his wife, Epistemis, at Emesa (3rd c.). Repose of St. Jonah, Archbishop of Novgorod (1470). Apostles Patrobus, Hermes, Linus, Gaius, and Philologus, of the Seventy (1st c.). St. Gregory, Archbishop of Alexandria (9th c.).

 

Colossians 3:17-4:1 (Epistle)

17And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.18Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.19Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them.20Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord.21Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.22Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God.23And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,24knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.25But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality.1Masters, give your bondservants what is just and fair, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.

 

Luke 11:42-46 (Gospel)

42But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass by justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.43Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the best seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces.44Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like graves which are not seen, and the men who walk over them are not aware of them.45Then one of the lawyers answered and said to Him, “Teacher, by saying these things You reproach us also.”46And He said, “Woe to you also, lawyers! For you load men with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers.

 

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Tuesday Nov. 4th, 2014

Today’s commemorated feasts and saints

Ven. Joannicius the Great (846). Hieromartyrs Nicander, Bishop of Myra, and Hermas, Presbyter (1st c.). Ven. Merkúry, Faster, of the Kiev Caves (Far Caves—14th c.). Ven. Nikander, Abbot of Gorodénsk (Novgorod—16th c.).

 

Colossians 2:20-3:3 (Epistle)

20Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations –21Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,22which all concern things which perish with the using – according to the commandments and doctrines of men?23These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.1If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.2Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.3For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

 

Luke 11:34-41 (Gospel)

34The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness.35Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness.36If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light.37And as He spoke, a certain Pharisee asked Him to dine with him. So He went in and sat down to eat.38When the Pharisee saw it, he marveled that He had not first washed before dinner.39Then the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees make the outside of the cup and dish clean, but your inward part is full of greed and wickedness.40Foolish ones! Did not He who made the outside make the inside also?41But rather give alms of such things as you have; then indeed all things are clean to you.

 

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Monday Nov. 3rd, 2014

Today’s commemorated feasts and saints

Martyrs Acepsimas the Bishop, Joseph the Presbyter, and Aithalas the Deacon, of Persia (4th c.). Dedication of the Church of the Greatmartyr George in Lydia (4th c.). Martyrs Atticus, Agapius, Eudoxius, Carterius, Istucarius (Styrax), Pactobius (Tobias), and Nictopolion, at Sebaste (ca. 320). Ven. Acepsimas, Hermit, of Cyrrhus in Syria (4th c.). St. Snadulia of Persia (4th c.).

 

Colossians 2:13-20 (Epistle)

13And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,14having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.15Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.16So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths,17which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.18Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,19and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God.20Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations –

 

Luke 11:29-33 (Gospel)

29And while the crowds were thickly gathered together, He began to say, “This is an evil generation. It seeks a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah the prophet.30For as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so also the Son of Man will be to this generation.31The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is here.32The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here.33No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lampstand, that those who come in may see the light.

 

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Sunday Nov. 2nd, 2014

Today’s commemorated feasts and saints

21st SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 4. Synaxis of the Holy Unmercenaries. Martyrs Acindynus, Pegasius, Aphthonius, Elpidephorus and Anempodistus, of Persia (ca. 341-345). St. Marcian of Cyprus (381-391).

 

Galatians 2:16-20 (Epistle)

16knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.17But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin? Certainly not!18For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.19For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God.20I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

 

Luke 8:26-39 (Gospel)

26Then they sailed to the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee.27And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs.28When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!”29For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness.30Jesus asked him, saying, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” because many demons had entered him.31And they begged Him that He would not command them to go out into the abyss.32Now a herd of many swine was feeding there on the mountain. So they begged Him that He would permit them to enter them. And He permitted them.33Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned.34When those who fed them saw what had happened, they fled and told it in the city and in the country.35Then they went out to see what had happened, and came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid.36They also who had seen it told them by what means he who had been demon-possessed was healed.37Then the whole multitude of the surrounding region of the Gadarenes asked Him to depart from them, for they were seized with great fear. And He got into the boat and returned.38Now the man from whom the demons had departed begged Him that he might be with Him. But Jesus sent him away, saying,39Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you. And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.

 

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Saturday Nov. 1st, 2014

Today’s commemorated feasts and saints

Holy Wonderworkers and Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian of Mesopotamia, and their mother, St. Theodota. Hieromartyrs John the Bishop and Jacob (James) the Presbyter, of Persia (ca. 345). Martyrs Cyrenia and Juliana in Cilicia (4th c.). Martyr Hermenegild the Goth of Spain (586). Martyrs Cæsarius, Dacius, Sabbas, Sabinian, Agrippa, Adrian, and Thomas, at Damascus (7th c.). Monk Martyrs Jacob, Jacob the Deacon, and Dionysius, of Prodromou (Mt. Athos—1520).

 

2 Corinthians 3:12-18 (Epistle)

12Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech –13unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away.14But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ.15But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart.16Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.17Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.18But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

 

Luke 8:16-21 (Gospel)

16No one, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a vessel or puts it under a bed, but sets it on a lampstand, that those who enter may see the light.17For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light.18Therefore take heed how you hear. For whoever has, to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to have will be taken from him.19Then His mother and brothers came to Him, and could not approach Him because of the crowd.20And it was told Him by some, who said, “Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see You.”21But He answered and said to them, “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.”

 

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Friday Oct. 31st, 2014

Today’s commemorated feasts and saints

Holy Wonderworkers and Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian of Mesopotamia, and their mother, St. Theodota. Hieromartyrs John the Bishop and Jacob (James) the Presbyter, of Persia (ca. 345). Martyrs Cyrenia and Juliana in Cilicia (4th c.). Martyr Hermenegild the Goth of Spain (586). Martyrs Cæsarius, Dacius, Sabbas, Sabinian, Agrippa, Adrian, and Thomas, at Damascus (7th c.). Monk Martyrs Jacob, Jacob the Deacon, and Dionysius, of Prodromou (Mt. Athos—1520).

 

2 Corinthians 3:12-18 (Epistle)

12Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech –13unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away.14But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ.15But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart.16Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.17Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.18But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

 

Luke 8:16-21 (Gospel)

16No one, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a vessel or puts it under a bed, but sets it on a lampstand, that those who enter may see the light.17For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light.18Therefore take heed how you hear. For whoever has, to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to have will be taken from him.19Then His mother and brothers came to Him, and could not approach Him because of the crowd.20And it was told Him by some, who said, “Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see You.”21But He answered and said to them, “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.”

 

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Thursday Oct. 30th, 2014

Today’s commemorated feasts and saints

Hieromartyr Zenobius and his sister Zenobia, of Aegæ in Cilicia (285). Apostles Tertius, Mark, Justus, and Artemas, of the Seventy (1st c.). Hieromartyr Marcian, Bishop of Syracuse (2nd c.). Martyr Eutropia of Alexandria (ca. 250). Martyr Anastasia of Thessalonica (3rd c.). St. Stephen Miliutin, his brother Ven. Dragutin (Theoctistus in monasticism), and their mother, St. Helen (Jelena), of Serbia.

 

Colossians 1:24-29 (Epistle)

24I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church,25of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God,26the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints.27To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.28Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.29To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.

 

Luke 11:14-23 (Gospel)

14And He was casting out a demon, and it was mute. So it was, when the demon had gone out, that the mute spoke; and the multitudes marveled.15But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.”16Others, testing Him, sought from Him a sign from heaven.17But He, knowing their thoughts, said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against a house falls.18If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? Because you say I cast out demons by Beelzebub.19And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges.20But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.21When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace.22But when a stronger than he comes upon him and overcomes him, he takes from him all his armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoils.23He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.

 

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Friday Oct. 30th, 2014

Today’s commemorated feasts and saints

Hieromartyr Archpriest John Kochurov (1917). Apostles of the Seventy: Stachys, Amplias, Urban, Narcissus, Apelles, and Aristobulus (1st c.). Martyr Epimachus of Alexandria (250). Ven. Spyridon and Nicodemus the Prosphora-bakers, of the Kiev Caves (Far Caves—12th c.). St. Maura of Constantinople (5th c.).

 

Hebrews 13:7-16 (Epistle, St. John)

7Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct.8Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.9Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace, not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them.10We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat.11For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp.12Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate.13Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach.14For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come.15Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.16But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

 

John 10:9-16 (Gospel, St. John, alternate)

9I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.10The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.11I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.12But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them.13The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep.14I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.15As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.16And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.

 

Colossians 2:1-7 (Epistle)

1For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh,2that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ,3in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.4Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words.5For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.6As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,7rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.
Luke 11:23-26 (Gospel)

23He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.24When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’25And when he comes, he finds it swept and put in order.26Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first.

 

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Wednesday Oct. 29th, 2014

Today’s commemorated feasts and saints

Martyr Anastasia the Roman (3rd c.). Ven. Abramius the Recluse, and his niece, Bl. Mary, of Mesopotamia (ca. 360). Ven. Abrámii, Archimandrite of Rostov (1073-77). Martyr Claudius, Asterius, Neon, and Theonilla, of Aegæ in Cilicia (285). Righteous Anna of Constantinople (826). Monk Martyr Timothy of Esphigmenou (Mt. Athos—1820).

 

Colossians 1:18-23 (Epistle)

18And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.19For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell,20and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.21And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled22in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight –23if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.

 

Luke 11:9-13 (Gospel)

9So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.10For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.11If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish?12Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?13If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!

 

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Tuesday Oct. 28th, 2014

Today’s commemorated feasts and saints

Repose of Ven. Job, Abbot and Wonderworker of Pochaev (1651). Martyrs Terence and Neonila, and their children: Sarbelus, Photus, Theodulus, Hierax, Nitus, Bele, and Eunice. Ven. Stephen of St. Sabbas’ Monastery, Hymnographer (9th c.). Repose of St. Arsenius, Archbishop of Serbia (1266). Greatmartyr Parasceve of Iconomium (3rd c.). St. Dimitry, Metropolitan of Rostov (1709). Ven. Nestor, not the Chronicler, of the Kiev Caves (Far Caves—14th c.). Martyrs Africanus, Terence, Maximus, Pompeius, and 36 others, of Carthage (3rd c.). Hieromartyr Cyriacus, Patriarch of Jerusalem (363). Ven. John the Chozebite (6th c.). St. Neophytus, Bishop of Urbinsk in Georgia (7th c.). Ven. Athanasius the Younger, Patriarch of Constantinople (14th c.).


Colossians 1:1-2, 7-11 (Epistle)

1Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,2To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.7as you also learned from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf,8who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.9For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;10that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;11strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy;


Luke 11:1-10 (Gospel)

1Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”2So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.3Give us day by day our daily bread.4And forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.”5And He said to them, “Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves;6’for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him’;7and he will answer from within and say, ‘Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you’?8I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs.9So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.10For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

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