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: Galatians 2:21-3:7
"I do not set aside the grace of God; for if
righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain."
O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should
not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed
among you as crucified?
This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the
Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now
being made perfect by the flesh?
Have you suffered so many things in vain; if indeed it was
Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works
miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the
hearing of faith?;
just as Abraham "believed God, and it was accounted to him
Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of
Gospel Reading: Mark 6:1-7
Then He went out from there and came to His own country, and His
disciples followed Him.
And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the
synagogue. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying, "Where did this
Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that
such mighty works are performed by His hands!
"Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of
James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?" And
they were offended at Him.
But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except
in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house."
Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His
hands on a few sick people and healed them.
And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about
the villages in a circuit, teaching.
And He called the twelve to Him, and began to send them out two
by two, and gave them power over unclean spirits.
Saints and Feasts
Anthimus, Bishop of Nicomedea; Holy Father Theoctistus and his fellow struggler Euthymius the Great; St. Polydorus the Martyr of New Ephesus; Translation of the relics of St. Nectarius the Wonderworker, Bishop of Pentopolis