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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