Prayer Before Reading Holy Scripture
O Master Who loves mankind, illuminate our hearts with the pure light of Your divine knowledge and open the eyes of our mind to understand the teachings of Your Gospel. Instill in us also the fear of Your blessed commandments, that we may overcome all carnal desires, entering upon a spiritual life and understanding and acting in all things according to Your holy will. For You are the enlightenment of our souls and bodies, O Christ God, and to You we give glory together with Your eternal Father and Your all-holy, gracious and life-giving Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.
Epistle Reading: Acts 25:13-19
And after some days King Agrippa and Bernice came to Caesarea
to greet Festus.
When they had been there many days, Festus laid Paul's case
before the king, saying: "There is a certain man left a prisoner by Felix,
"about whom the chief priests and the elders of the Jews
informed me, when I was in Jerusalem, asking for a judgment against him.
"To them I answered, 'It is not the custom of the Romans to
deliver any man to destruction before the accused meets the accusers face
to face, and has opportunity to answer for himself concerning the charge
"Therefore when they had come together, without any delay,
the next day I sat on the judgment seat and commanded the man to be brought
"When the accusers stood up, they brought no accusation
against him of such things as I supposed,
"but had some questions against him about their own religion
and about one, Jesus, who had died, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.
Gospel Reading: John 16:23-33
"And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I
say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.
"Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you
will receive, that your joy may be full.
"These things I have spoken to you in figurative language;
but the time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative
language, but I will tell you plainly about the Father.
"In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you
that I shall pray the Father for you;
"for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me,
and have believed that I came forth from God.
"I came forth from the Father and have come into the world.
Again, I leave the world and go to the Father."
His disciples said to Him, "See, now You are speaking plainly,
and using no figure of speech!
"Now we are sure that You know all things, and have no need
that anyone should question You. By this we believe that You came forth
Jesus answered them, "Do you now believe?
"Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will
be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not
alone, because the Father is with Me.
"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have
peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have
overcome the world."
Saints and Feasts
The Holy Martyr Theodotus of Ancyra; Our Righteous Father Panagis (Paisios) Basias; Tarasios & John the Martyrs; Sebastian the Wonderworker; Zenais the Martyr