Epistle Reading: Philippians 1:12-20
But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which
happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel,
so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard,
and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ;
and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become
confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and
some also from good will:
The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not
sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains;
but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed
for the defense of the gospel.
What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense
or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will
For I know that this will turn out for my salvation
through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
according to my earnest expectation and hope that in
nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now
also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.
Gospel Reading: Luke 8:22-25
Now it happened, on a certain day, that He got into a boat with
His disciples. And He said to them, "Let us go over to the other side of
the lake." And they launched out.
But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on
the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy.
And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, "Master, Master, we
are perishing!" Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the
water. And they ceased, and there was a calm.
But He said to them, "Where is your faith?" And they were
afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, "Who can this be? For He
commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!"
Saints and Feasts
Carpus, Papylus, Agathodorus, & Agathonica, the Martyrs of Pergamus; Benjamin the Deacon; Chryssi the New Martyr of Greece; Florentios the Martyr of Thessaloniki; Meletios of Pegas, Patriarch of Alexandria