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: Romans 10:1-10
Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is
that they may be saved.
For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but
not according to knowledge.
For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and seeking
to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the
righteousness of God.
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to
everyone who believes.
For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, "
The man who does those things shall live by them."
But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, "Do not
say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?' " (that is, to bring
Christ down from above)
or, " 'Who will descend into the abyss?' " (that is, to bring
Christ up from the dead).
But what does it say? "The word is near you, even in your
mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith which we preach):
that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and
believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be
For with the heart one believes to righteousness, and with
the mouth confession is made to salvation.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 8:28-9:1
When He had come to the other side, to the country of the
Gergesenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs,
exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way.
And suddenly they cried out, saying, "What have we to do
with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before
Now a good way off from them there was a herd of many swine
So the demons begged Him, saying, "If You cast us out,
permit us to go away into the herd of swine."
And He said to them, "Go." So when they had come out, they
went into the herd of swine. And suddenly the whole herd of swine ran
violently down the steep place into the sea, and perished in the water.
Then those who kept them fled; and they went away into the
city and told everything, including what had happened to the demon-
And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus. And when
they saw Him, they begged Him to depart from their region.
So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city.
Saints and Feasts
Eusebius, Bishop of Samosata; Zenon the Martyr & his servant Zenas of Philadelphia; Anastasios the Serbian