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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