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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