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: Hebrews 12:25-26,13:22-25
See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did
not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not
escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven,
whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised,
saying, "Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven."
And I appeal to you, brethren, bear with the word of
exhortation, for I have written to you in few words.
Know that our brother Timothy has been set free, with whom
I shall see you if he comes shortly.
Greet all those who rule over you, and all the saints.
Those from Italy greet you.
Grace be with you all. Amen.
Gospel Reading: Mark 10:2-12
The Pharisees came and asked Him, "Is it lawful for a man to
divorce his wife?" testing Him.
And He answered and said to them, "What did Moses command you?"
They said, "Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of
divorce, and to dismiss her."
And Jesus answered and said to them, "Because of the hardness
of your heart he wrote you this precept.
"But from the beginning of the creation, God 'made them male
'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and
be joined to his wife,
and the two shall become one flesh'; so then they are no longer
two, but one flesh.
"Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate."
And in the house His disciples asked Him again about the same
So He said to them, "Whoever divorces his wife and marries
another commits adultery against her.
"And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she
Saints and Feasts
The Holy Martyr Boniface; Our Righteous Father Gregentius, Bishop of Ethiopia; Aglaia the Righteous of Rome