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Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 7/17/2018

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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: 1 Corinthians 10:5-12

But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.

Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted.

And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, "The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play."

Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell;

nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents;

nor murmur, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed by the destroyer.

Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, on whom the ends of the ages have come.

Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.

Gospel Reading: Matthew 16:6-12

Then Jesus said to them, "Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees."

And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "It is because we have taken no bread."

But when Jesus perceived it, He said to them, "O you of little faith, why do you reason among yourselves because you have brought no bread?

"Do you not yet understand, or remember the five loaves of the five thousand and how many baskets you took up?

"Nor the seven loaves of the four thousand and how many large baskets you took up?

"How is it you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread?; but you should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees."

Then they understood that He did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

Saints and Feasts

Andrew of Crete Author of the Great Canon; Martha, mother of St. Symeon Stylites the Younger; Asclepias the Wonderworker; Holy Royal Martyrs of Russia; Michael Choniates, Metropolitan of Athens

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