Epistle Reading: 2 Timothy 4:9-22
Be diligent to come to me quickly;
for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world,
and has departed for Thessalonica; Crescens for Galatia, Titus for Dalmatia.
Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for
he is useful to me for ministry.
And Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus.
Bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas when you
come; and the books, especially the parchments.
Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm. May the Lord
repay him according to his works.
You also must beware of him, for he has greatly resisted
At my first defense no one stood with me, but all forsook
me. May it not be charged against them.
But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that
the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles
might hear. And I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.
And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and
preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever.
Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus.
Erastus stayed in Corinth, but Trophimus I have left in
Do your utmost to come before winter. Eubulus greets you,
as well as Pudens, Linus, Claudia, and all the brethren.
The Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Grace be with
Gospel Reading: Luke 20:1-8
Now it happened on one of those days, as He taught the people
in the temple and preached the gospel, that the chief priests and the
scribes, together with the elders, confronted Him
and spoke to Him, saying, "Tell us, by what authority are You
doing these things? Or who is he who gave You this authority?"
But He answered and said to them, "I will also ask you one
thing, and answer Me:
"The baptism of John; was it from heaven or from men?"
And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From
heaven,' He will say, 'Why then did you not believe him?'
"But if we say, 'From men,' all the people will stone us, for
they are persuaded that John was a prophet."
So they answered that they did not know where it was from.
And Jesus said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what
authority I do these things."
Saints and Feasts
Paramonus, Philumenus, and their 370 Companion Martyrs in Bithynia; Our Righteous Father Nicholas, Archbishop of Thessolonica; Dionysios, Bishop of Corinth; Akakios of Sinai who is mentioned in The Ladder