Epistle Reading: Philippians 1:27-2:4
Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ,
so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs,
that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the
faith of the gospel,
and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which
is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God.
For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not
only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,
having the same conflict which you saw in me and now
hear is in me.
Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any
comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and
fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love,
being of one accord, of one mind.
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit,
but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.
Let each of you look out not only for his own interests,
but also for the interests of others.
Gospel Reading: Luke 4:22-30
So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words
which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, "Is this not Joseph's son?"
And He said to them, "You will surely say this proverb to Me, '
Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also
here in Your country.' "
Then He said, "Assuredly, I say to you, no prophet is accepted
in his own country.
"But I tell you truly, many widows were in Israel in the days
of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and
there was a great famine throughout all the land;
"but to none of them was Elijah sent except to Zarephath, in
the region of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow.
"And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Elisha the
prophet, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian."
Then all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things,
were filled with wrath,
and rose up and thrust Him out of the city; and they led Him to
the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw
Him down over the cliff.
Then passing through the midst of them, He went His way.
Saints and Feasts
The Falling Asleep of St. John the Evangelist and Theologian