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: Philippians 2:17-23
Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on
the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.
For the same reason you also be glad and rejoice with me.
But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you
shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your state.
For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care
for your state.
For all seek their own, not the things which are of
But you know his proven character, that as a son with
his father he served with me in the gospel.
Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see
how it goes with me.
Gospel Reading: Luke 11:1-10
And it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when
He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, "Lord, teach us to pray,
as John also taught his disciples."
So He said to them, "When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it
is in heaven.
Give us day by day our daily bread.
and forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is
indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the
And He said to them, "Which of you shall have a friend, and go
to him at midnight and say to him, 'Friend, lend me three loaves;
'for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I
have nothing to set before him';
"and he will answer from within and say, 'Do not trouble me;
the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and
give to you'?
"I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because
he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him
as many as he needs.
"And I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and
you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
"For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and
to him who knocks it will be opened.
Saints and Feasts
James (Iakovos) the Apostle, brother of Our Lord; Our Righteous Father Ignatius, Patriarch of Constantinople