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Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 11/14/2017

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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 Thessalonians 3:9-123

For what thanks can we render to God for you, for all the joy with which we rejoice for your sake before our God,

night and day praying exceedingly that we may see your face and perfect what is lacking in your faith?

Now may our God and Father Himself, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way to you.

And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you,

so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.

Gospel Reading: Luke 11:34-41

"The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness.

"Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness.

"If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light."

And as He spoke, a certain Pharisee asked Him to dine with him. So He went in and sat down to eat.

And when the Pharisee saw it, he marveled that He had not first washed before dinner.

But the Lord said to him, "Now you Pharisees make the outside of the cup and dish clean, but your inward part is full of greed and wickedness.

"Foolish ones! Did not He who made the outside make the inside also?

"But rather give alms of such things as you have; then indeed all things are clean to you.

Saints and Feasts

Cosmas and Damian the Holy Unmercenaries of Asia, and their mother Theodota; David the Righteous of Evia

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